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The Neverending Story [Hardcover]

Michael Ende , Ralph Manheim
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Jan. 25 2001
Bastian embarks on a wild adventure when he enters the magical world of Fantastica, a doomed land filled with dragons, giants, and monsters, and risks his life to save Fantastica by going on a very dangerous quest.

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A rich, enjoyable read...drawing in the most potent elements of fairytale myth, and invented fantasy Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Michael Ende was born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in 1929. After attending drama school from 1948 to 1950, he worked variously as an actor, a writer of sketches and plays, a director of the Volkstheater in Munich, and a film critic for the Bavarian broadcasting company. His first novel for children, Jim Knopf and Lukas the Engine Driver, was published in Germany in 1960 to great popular and critical acclaim, and both radio and televsion series based on the Jim Knopf books were soon produced. In 1973 he published another award-winning children's novel, Momo. When The Neverending Story was first published in Germany in 1979 it immediately became the number-one bestseller arnd remained in that position for three years. It has since been published in many different languages all over the world, including Japanese, and has enchanted readers in each country in which it has appeared.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Meaningful Than the Average Fantasy Novel July 8 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Most Americans' familiarity with the book will come from the three American movies, despite the fact that the book was a bestseller in Germany for three years.
The first two movies are based on the first and second halves of the book, respectively (fortunately, the events of the third one were never written about). Bastian, rather than being a cute, slim, wide-eyed little boy, is a chubby recluse who withdraws into his own imagination as a replacement for friends, even more so since the death of his mother.
While not amazingly well-written by any stretch of the imagination, The Neverending Story makes up fully for that by being such a gripping adventure. Ende can write an enthralling drama, as equally light-hearted as it can be dark.
The story, however, goes deeper than providing a high fantasy tale. It is, at its heart, when all is said and done, a story about learning to love oneself. Bastian's metamorphosis from a selfish schoolboy to a worshipped, egotistical weilder of Auryn in Fantastica to, finally, a humble, appreciative son is as magical as the rest of the novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "But That's Another Story..." May 1 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Neverending Story" is probably best known to the general public through Wolfgang Peterson's movie, whereas the original novel by Michael Ende is less well known. Despite the horrid sequels and the even worse television series that Michael Ende desperately tried to prevent in the last years of his life, Wolfgang Peterson's first attempt at bringing the book to the big screen was successful and popular. However, fans of the book will know that it only records the first part of the story - though Peterson compensates by telling us in the final segment of the film "Bastian had many more adventures before finally returning to the ordinary world. But that's another story..."
Since it's likely that you've seen the movie but not read the book, I highly recommend that you track down the original story - the movie stands on its own, but the book takes Bastian on a deeper and more dangerous journey into Fantastica and the inner regions of the soul, both adding detail into the movie's progression, and continuing into a larger and more fascinating adventure. Usually I always suggest reading books before watching any movies that they are based on, but in the case of "The Neverending Story" I make an exception - it is much better to scratch the surface of Ende's imagination in Peterson's very good interpretation of the book's first half, and then immerse yourself in the deeper book-within-a-book that Ende wrote, filled with adventure, intrigue, possibilities, mystery, thought-provoking ideas, beloved characters and probing into the depths of the human psyche.
Bastian Balthazar Bux is a rather tubby, unpopular victim of bullying at the school, with a deceased mother and a grieving father. His one consolation in life is books, his absolute passion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable March 15 2008
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book can be read by all ages since it is well written but is still easy to read. It is great for fantasy lovers, and the pages just fly by, even though there are 440 pages. There are many original ideas that had never occurred to me before. The story kept me interested from start to finish. A boy gets swept into a magical book, in which he tries to save all the Fantastican creatures, but with every wish he makes loses his memory of the real world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Neverending story April 18 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am still amazed at how many movies flashed by when I was a kid, that were books first. 20 years later I find this book, just by mere chance, and buy it. I remember the movie, and loved it.
If you have seen the movie first, the initial shocker is that the entire movie is found within the first 1/4 of the book. I couldn't believe it. Things kept moving along, and as I flipped pages, you could easily tell there was MUCH more to come, yet everything that happened in the movie seemed to wrap up within the first 100 pages or so. And I have to admit, the movie was pretty faithful to the book. I can see why some characters were changed, due to lack of good technology or time, but for the most part, everything is there. The rest of the story is a fun read, and good fantasy. I would recommend the book for those who were raised on the films, and for younger kids. Not too young, there are some pretty creepy moments, but it nevertheless is a book about imagination. It's money well spent. Get it, if you want to see what really happend to Bastian, and Fantastica.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Comparable to the Movie April 8 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Many, if not all, children know the story of the Neverending Story by the movie. It is a favorite of most, and an ispiration to all. Of course, the second one, it is said, isn't as good as the first. Perhaps that is because the first is the story-line we know, and the second contradicts some of the character traits we know and love.
But for those of us who have read the book, the second movie is just the second half of the book, and, though poorly done, is correct as far as the story-line goes. The problem is, there are slight differences between the book and the movie that are somewhat engraved in the minds of those who have read or seen it.
Those who saw the movie first, picture Bastian as a skinny little boy who reads too much. But those who read the book first know that Bastian really was made fun of for his weight and inability to play games. Such differences are petty and insignificant, but it's as if we're taking little bits away from the author and replacing them with our own misshapen ideas.
The Neverending Story is a classic work of fantasy that every parent should read to their child as early as possible. It will not only teach them the importance of their imagination, but introduce them the wonderful world of Fantastica, and give them many good dreams to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Novel. Worth every penny. Thanks!
Published 1 month ago by Rory
3.0 out of 5 stars Is it as good as the movie
Loved the movie when I was a kid. Just found out its was a book. Had to read it. Three stars because the story wasnt detailed enough for me. Book came in great shape and on time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by marwill
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
The book was entertaining, a little juvenile but it's what I expected. A definite must own if you have younger children
Published 19 months ago by Onion soup
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for young kids
The reason I give this book a 5 star rating is because The Never Ending Story is a timeless classic. The movie is good for children, but the book is even better. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Serge
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic of fantasy novels.
Translated by Ralph Manheim, this classic of children's fantasy literature could not go unread on my bookshelves any longer. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2010 by Ria (Bibliotropic)
2.0 out of 5 stars Ende's 'The Neverending Story'...interesting, but tame in nature if...
Fantasy literature is my favorite genre; has been for many years. So when I finally got around to reading this book, after perusing some of the 5 star reviews, I was very much... Read more
Published on July 7 2009 by R. Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
This book is probably the BEST book ever written. The creation of such a marvelous tale can only be described as a spiritual expression. Read more
Published on May 28 2008 by KindraWolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastia is Fantastic!!!
ok I admit i didn't think its was gonna be verry good. I mean I loved he movie but i wasn't in to books or that kind of thing when i got but once i started reading it I couldn't... Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by David Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars book of greatness
This book is full of adventure. Much better than the movie. A must read for kids.
Published on June 16 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars The Neverending Story
The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende, is a wonderful departure from the ordinary, and a classic childhood fantasy story, with imaginary creatures, and a child's utopia turned to... Read more
Published on May 10 2004 by Jennie Caskey
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