The Neverending Story

The Neverending Story

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Read the book that inspired the classic coming-of-age film! From award-winning German author Michael Ende, The Neverending Story is a classic tale of one boy and the book that magically comes to life.

When Bastian happens upon an old book called The Neverending Story , he's swept into the magical world of Fantastica--so much that he finds he has actually become a character in the story! And when he realizes that this mysteriously enchanted world is in great danger, he also discovers that he is the one chosen to save it. Can Bastian overcome the barrier between reality and his imagination in order to save Fantastica?


"An instantaneous leap into the magical . . . Energetic, innovative, and perceptive" --The Washington Post

"A trumpet blast for the imagination." --Sunday Times
Publisher: Markham, ON : Puffin Books, 1985.
ISBN: 9780140386332
0140386335
Branch Call Number: +F END
Characteristics: 444 pages.
Additional Contributors: Manheim, Ralph 1907-,- Translator

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JCLAyahA Mar 12, 2018

Reader's know the premise of this story and how inspiring it is. I read it again recently and was struck by just how many layers of meaning and profound metaphysical speculation characterize this book. If you've read it, read it again. If you haven't, you're missing out.

On the one hand, Ende is incredibly structured in his writing. Like any airtight fantasy, the world has rules that can't be violated (and that have meaningful implications for those of us interested in meta fiction and physics). Even the chapters are organized alongside the letters of the alphabet, with each letter starting its own chapter. This is pretty remarkable for us foreign readers when you consider that the original was in German.

Despite the structure and internal logic of the story, it feels as free flowing and unpredictable as the weather, which probably accounts for everyone's imaginative response to the book. It doesn't feel rigid at all. It's as if you're experiencing it in real time. Reading this story really feels like being inside your own dream. Best of all, despite its darkness (the movie only covers the first 25%, so buckle up), this book ultimately has an uplifting message at its core, and it isn't shy about it.

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forever_ice17
Mar 09, 2014

One of my favourite books of all time. This is a wonderful story that feels when you are reading it that it will never end. You are transported to another world that is so real yet fantastic that you feel that you will never leave, so it is heartbreaking when you do. I urge everyone now to get this book and start reading!

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Deppfan
May 21, 2013

It's a good read.

The friendly storytelling style of the book as you read along reminds you of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; as well as the fact that the main character, Bastian, goes into a fantasy land through a magic book by the second half of the novel.

The one thing I didn't like about the book was how small the print was when it displayed Bastian in the human world.

A fascinating and engrossing story I couldn't put down. I loved the creativity and detail that was put into the various creatures Bastian meets. A great read for children and adults alike. This book she be considered a children's classic.

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meldaravaniel
Jul 16, 2012

This book is soooo long! A bit too long, in my opinion. But I suppose it serves its purpose in so many words. If you are looking for a 'be careful what you wish for' kind of book, this would work, but I like E. Nesbit's Five Children and It better. It was still imaginative, but not overly so. I think this would be better suited to a younger reader.

ruthie2k8 Jul 06, 2012

This book is my all time favorite fantasy book! It has all the classical aspects a fantasy book should have! For example, it includes mystical creatures and magical powers throughout the entire story! I love this book so much. :)

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panaura
May 04, 2011

The most magical book I've ever read!

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 06, 2010

Far better than the movie!

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kalio
Aug 21, 2009

Bastian, Atreyu, the Childlike Empress?if you?re a child of the 80?s, these names instantly mean one thing: The Neverending Story. This was a huge hit movie in 1984, and if you?re feeling nostalgic, you?re in luck. Because once upon a time in Germany, The Neverending Story was a book. And with the re-issue edition of 1997, oh what a pretty book it is. Red ink for Bastian, scolded and bullied, who hides in the attic at school with a stolen book that quickly becomes the most important thing he?s ever done in his short lonely life. Green ink for Fantastica, the magical world that Bastian is reading about, where the Childlike Empress?s mysterious illness is causing a terrifying Nothingness to sweep across the land, and where all hope rests on the slim shoulders of the brave boy Atreyu. It?s rare to read such a colorful book (literally colorful with those different inks, and with fairy tale-style illustrations as well) and it?s rare to indulge so fully in the act of reading. We read not only about Bastian but about what Bastian is reading, a delightful circle that compliments the Neverending title. Saving a fantastic mythical world has never been such an interactive, collaborative experience. And if that doesn?t get you reading, just think back to the movie and remember how much you loved that big pink luckdragon.

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PimaLib_ErikaJ May 06, 2015

A young boy starts reading an amazing fantasy story, only to discover that he is part of the plot! An incredible, mystical classic.

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