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The Neverending Story

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  101,229 ratings  ·  3,214 reviews
Small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Through the pages of an old book he discovers a mysterious world of enchantment - but a world that is falling into decay. The great task of making things well again falls on Bastian and so begins a dazzling, magical adventure.
Paperback, 444 pages
Published February 28th 1985 by Puffin Books (first published 1979)
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Stephanie Bradley I think 4 is too young for this story. Depending on the maturity of the child perhaps from 7+ up to adult.
Ungelic_is_us If you enjoy fantasy stories, this book is one of the best. While it is written for children, I feel that anyone of any age could enjoy its rich…moreIf you enjoy fantasy stories, this book is one of the best. While it is written for children, I feel that anyone of any age could enjoy its rich world-building, colorful characters, and exciting adventures. Add to all these delights underlying themes of mature philosophy. I cannot recommend this book more.(less)

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Nov 22, 2014 Greg rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: fantasy
One of my favorite books of all time; this one is definitely closest to my heart. I've certainly read it more than any other (Ender's Game being a close second). Which is interesting because it's almost nothing like any of my other favorites (besides maybe Watership Down). Maybe it's because it's the first main character I was able to identify so well with. Or because Bastian does what I had always dreamed of: to enter inside a book, to turn your imagination into reality. And this book really is ...more
I have actually never written a review for Michael Ende's utterly amazing The Neverending Story (I have also never read it in English). I first read it in German in the early 80s, I believe, and I have reread it regularly over the years. Die unendliche Geschichte is one of my all-time favourite German children's literature books; I simply adore it.

I love everything about this book, including the ingenious way the chapters are arranged, as well as the different colour fonts (red for reality, blue
I loved most of what I read, yet I’m stopping on page 352; I just can’t continue. And you know, I’m not entirely sure why I can’t continue -– I just know that I can’t.

But I have a theory.

Having loved the movie version of this in my youth, the whole story is etched into the part of my psyche that deals with childhood; that time when so much is new; where much in the world is observed through an inner-wonder of the mind and a stirring of the soul: a magical state, by adult standards. Freud may ha
Like many people of my generation, I loved the film adaptation (the first, not the second, thank you) and never realized that it had come from a book until a number of years later. In fact, I read it the first time in '07 and not only was I delighted at how imaginative it was, I was flabbergasted (joyfully so) that it lived up to its name.

It's quick reading, by any standard, but so deliciously dense in imagery, mythology, and an engrossing plot that I swore that if I had any children, this would
Franco  Santos
Un libro excelente. Fantasía al 100%.

No voy a hacerle una reseña larga ya que supongo que todos saben lo increíble que es esta historia.

Cuando era chico me la pasaba horas y horas mirando la película. Un día, explorando por la biblioteca de mi papá, me encontré con este libro. Creo que no hace falta decir que se lo robé y me lo puse a leer al instante...


Es una novela maravillosa; en la cual la imaginación de Michael Ende explotó al máximo. No decae en ningún momento, el autor nos sorprende con c
Perhaps the reason I just did not love this book is that I was absolutely in love with the movie when I was young. I love the idea of a reader being taken to the land of the book he's reading. For me, the first 1/3 of this book was wonderful, just what I fondly remembered from my beloved movie version - and actually, a bit more fleshed out. The movie makes a bit more sense having read the book. However, I couldn't believe when I got to the end of what I knew of the story that I still had about 2 ...more
Eric Allen
The Neverending Story
By Michael Ende

A Review by Eric Allen.

"ONLY TWO STARS," you cry, "Eric, have you no soul!?!?!" You're obviously going by the movie, which is AWESOME, and have never actually read the book it was based on, which is not so much.

When I was six or seven, the Neverending Story came out, and it was one of the most awesome movies I had ever seen in my life. It was a movie that wasn't afraid to scare the everliving shit out of children, and I loved it for that. Even today, many, ma
Blake Gafford
****All Time Favorite Book****

As another reviewer so rightly pointed out: This is a book lover's dream, a book that never ends.

Like I always say, a picture is worth 1000 words, but a mental picture is worth 1000 times more. Words cannot ever capture what's in a picture, there's always something more, and yet pictures themselves never quite capture something as well as the imagination. People always say that movie version of the book is never as good as the book was, and the reason is that the i
Mark Lawrence
Read this to my daughter recently. A very mixed bag.

First off I should say that although the book was written in 1979 it reads as though it were written in 1939. The translator has consistently reached for the most complicated/high falutin' word available and as a result the child's book ends up unreadable/incomprehensible to many modern kids. I'm not one for dumbing down, but this goes the other way pointlessly.

I saw the film around the time it came out years ago. The book seems to reach the en
I must have read this at least 10 times as a child. I still consider it to be one of the great works of "children's" literature - it should be ranked with Alice in Wonderland and similar masterpieces. It is profoundly moving as a work dealing with grief and loss, memory and creativity should be. It is meta fictional in a way which, for me, no other book has ever approached - I will never forget being 10 years old and reading as Bastian and the Princess turn and look at me reading them...I felt m ...more
Wicked Incognito Now
Jan 23, 2008 Wicked Incognito Now rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: most people
Shelves: childrens-book
Well, this is an "out-there" book, so I can see how it wouldn't be for everyone, but.....

I can't figure out how I got to 33yo and never read this book! I just read it with my daughters and we absolutely loved it. It's a fantastic romp filled with lessons that every child can benefit from: the nature of individuality and wish-fullment, how wishing is impossible without personal change, how personal glorification is empty, the nature of fantasy vs. reality. How fantasy can be turned into lies by t
Sep 05, 2015 Penny rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone

The Neverending Story is a splendid and brilliant story, full of adventure, magic, strength, perseverance, loyalty, self-improvement and self-fulfillment . It’s a positively COMMENDABLE book.

This is a MUST-READ for all preteens out there. It’s beautiful, with a great and marvelous world full of fantasy and dreaming. It really is MAGICAL.

I have really great memories of reading this book. I think I was 13 or so, maybe less I am not sure; bu
Lisa Vegan
This is a rather brilliant book and I could see it being a life changing book for some readers.

It’s about reality & fantasy, escape, power, free will, friendship, individuality, isolation, grief, choices, wishes, courage, growth, altruism, friendship, change, self acceptance, meaning, memory, identity, love, introspection, and imagination & stories.

From the beginning, it reminded me of The Lord of the Rings and The Phantom Tollbooth, and other books too.

Even though I knew this formula, I
The Neverending Story was one of my favourite movies growing up, but embarrassingly, I didn't actually realise it was a book until recently. I ordered it from Book Depository as soon as I found out, and finally got around to reading it on my honeymoon.

This has been a hard review for me to write because I'm so torn about this book. Or, rather, The Neverending Story feels torn to me - because it was like reading two books, the first part of which I absolutely loved, while the second part gave me m
I think the last time I read this (when I was about 10), I stopped when I got to the end of the movie's plot, which is about halfway through. That makes sense, because all the thematic stuff is in part two, and it's fascinating and fairly complex, and I think I would have found it boring and confusing as a fifth grader, because I don't know if that's quite the right time for a deconstruction of the hero myth and a fable about the perils of power and leadership.

But... that's all really good stuff
Like most people, I loved this movie when I was younger. I've seen it numerous times and I'm sure it was my favourite at some point. Up until recently I had completely forgotten that it was based on a book. Curious to see how accurate it was to the movie, I added it to my "to-read" shelf in the hopes that I'd tackle it within the next decade. Fortunately, it didn't take as long as I thought to do this. I have my friend Tanya to thank for that, since she suggested doing a buddy read for it. You c ...more
I grew up watching the movie of The Neverending Story. I can't tell you how many times I've watched it, and still watch it today. It's my comfort movie. I didn't know it was a book until a few months ago, and since it is one of my favorite movies, I had to read the book as soon as possible.

So much more happens in the book than in the movie, of course. We're taken on an epic, fantastic journey of Bastian and the land of Fantastica. I was surprised at the pure, real imagination in the book, and h
If you saw the movie as a child, and you're considering reading this book, do yourself a big favor. Take your memories of the movie, put them on some shelf in the back of your mind, and lock them away for the time being.

It's not that the book and movie are incompatible, but they are certainly different. Judging by the other reviews, lots of people seem to have a hard time judging the book on it's own merits, because the film made such an impression. This is such a shame; I think it's a crime to

3.5 stars

I think I enjoyed this more when I was younger. This is a beautifully written book and I couldn't put it down( I read most of it at the doctors office) , but something didn't feel right. I hate to say it but I think I outgrew this book. Which saddens me because I had so many great memories of me reading this book in the attic like Bastian did. I used to grab some blankets and pillows and make myself a little fort and get lost in the pages.

Don't get me wrong, I still love this book, but
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Growing up, The NeverEnding Story was one of my favorite movies. It held a special place in my psyche. I can instantly conjure the exact inflection of the Childlike Empress' voice as she cries, "Bastian, please!" The sweetness and charm of Falkor as he says, "I'm a luck dragon," and the low rumble in his laugh as he and Atreyu sail through the sky. I remember bawling every time Artax sank into the Swamps of Sadnes
aPriL does feral sometimes
For those of you who stumble across this review and if you are in the majority who found 'The Neverending Story' absolutely captivating, I apologize in advance if you choose to read my opinion from this point and feel very hurt, as only we who love to read can. If it helps to know, I enjoyed the first half of the book very much, although I felt a little puzzled by some of the ways Fantastica, the magical alternative universe, worked.

I did not bond with Bastian Balthazar Bux, so perhaps I am not
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
So, I finished this last night. I was sort of starting to doze off, but I had 30 pages left and I was determined for it to be over to finish it...

I liked the first almost-half - the bit that meshed with the movie. I thought the did a fairly decent adaptation, despite the changes to Atreyu's physical appearance. I actually think the movie maybe brought the story and characters a bit more to life than the writing/book manages.

I like the sort of duality of the world, and the way the Childlike Empre
Marco Tamborrino
Questo è il mio libro preferito. Lo ritengo il manifesto in sé della fantasia, della parola fantasy e del suo genere. La maggior parte dei lettori di questo genere considera J. R. R. Tolkien il Re del fantasy, il maestro, il sommo, l'impareggiabile e bla bla bla. Ma ricordiamoci che fantasy vuol dire fantasia, e nella Storia Infinita c'è amore per tutto ciò che è fantastico e tutto ciò che è umano. In questo romanzo, uno dei pochissimi di Michael Ende, troviamo la ricerca di un bambino; una rice ...more
Un libro genial. Quizá flojea un poco al final, pero es que la primera parte es muy buena. Atreyu y Fújur entran en mi lista de personajes literarios favoritos.
Le doy un 9.
This book is frustratingly difficult to write a review for -- it's either a one star book, or a four star book, depending on which chapter you're reading.

There are so many really wonderful ideas here, but they were just so awkwardly executed it was hard to enjoy them. I kept feeling that the author had some meaning or message that I wasn't quite getting, so I wasn't able to enjoy it as a fable. The writing wasn't as polished as I like, so I didn't enjoy it simply as a fictional story. It was unn
Joaquin Garza
El título de esta reseña debería ser: 'La fantasía triunfante'.

Me encanta recordar cómo me sentí la primera vez que leí La Historia Sin Fin. Tenía doce años y me lo dieron en un intercambio navideño, a petición mía. Recuerdo la emoción mezclada con terrible mortificación al saber que la película que había visto desde muy pequeño sólo era la mitad del libro, y que esas ilustraciones de Roswitha Quadflieg, tan místicas y extrañas con los nombres de los capítulos sugerían una historia mucho más gra
Like other reviewers, I had seen this movie and I loved it, so I decided to read the book with high hopes. However, I had unmet expectations.

The beginning and up until about the middle of this book are written very well and held my attention. The book is filled with suspense as we follow Atreyu and Falkor on their quest. I enjoyed the mystery of Bastain trying to find out how the characters in the book, he is reading, can sometimes see and hear him.

All of these factors attribute to a great foun
DNF at page 41/315.

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The writing style and me, we didn't get along. It felt choppy and didn't flow for me. Thus, it left me feeling very bored. I'm beyond sad that this is a DNF for me. This was one of my favorite movies growing up!! There's too many books out there for me to try to force myself to read something I'm not jiving with though.
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This is one of those books where my outlook differs from others. Actually, it really differs from others. For many children and teenagers growing up in the 1980s, this was THE book, much as the next generation had the Harry Potter books.

Alas, I just never became involved with the story and became rather bored by it all, which surprised me as I was one of the first purchasers (yup, I bought the hype). I have always liked the colour text, with the green and the red, and it is a very nicely format
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Michael Andreas Helmuth Ende was a German writer of fantasy and children's literature. He was the son of the surrealist painter Edgar Ende. He died in Stuttgart (Germany) of stomach cancer.

Ende was one of the most popular and famous German authors of the 20th century, mostly due to the enormous success of his children's books. However, Ende was not strictly a children’s author, as he also wrote bo
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“If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you must take your leave of the characters with whom you have shared so many adventures, whom you have loved and admired, for whom you have hoped and feared, and without whose company life seems empty and meaningless.

If such things have not been part of your own experience, you probably won't understand what Bastian did next.”
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