The Neverending Story Hardcover – Mar 1 1997
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Praise for The Neverending Story...
"An instantaneous leap into the magical … Energetic, innovative, and perceptive"—The Washington Post
"A rich, enjoyable read … Succeeds by drawing in the most potent elements of fairytale, myth, and invented fantasy."—The Observer
"You might just get in touch with the child in you who clapped her hands for Tinker Bell."—Glamour
"A trumpet blast for the imagination."—Sunday Times
About the Author
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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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.
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.Read more ›
Aside from placing a heavy emphasis on the powers of imagination, creativity, and love, The Neverending Story is rife with allegory. From the world beginning in darkness until Bastian essentially says, "Let there be light," to the concept of the Childlike Empress having enormous power but choosing to do nothing with it and yet always being a part of everything, it's easy to see Christian religious comparisons being drawn all over the place. But here's the thing: it's done well. It's done subtly, and you're not beating your head off a wall every time you see a new one. Which is, to be blunt about it, better than some books I could name that try to throw in religious allegory.
The message that "absolute power corrupts absolutely" is one of the less cubtle messages of the story, especially in the last half. Bastian gets the power of AURYN and wishes, and in creating a new world, he loses bits of himself, all his memories of who he was before wishes he didn't even know he wasn't satisfied with changed him into something else.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Great book, going to read it to my children and then watch the movie afterwards. The definition of fantasyPublished 28 days ago by amiller87
"The Neverending Story" takes you to a world of fantasy.
The story starts out with a boy named Bastian stealing a book from a bookstore and hiding away in the school... Read more
Enjoyed this movie as a child so I wanted to read the book figuring I would get more details of the story. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Raven
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 morePublished on Feb. 4 2014 by marwill
The book was entertaining, a little juvenile but it's what I expected. A definite must own if you have younger childrenPublished on Feb. 20 2013 by Onion soup
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 morePublished on Jan. 28 2013 by Serge
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