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This epic work of the imagination has captured the hearts of millions of readers worldwide since it was first published more than a decade ago. Its special story within a story is an irresistible invitation for readers to become part of the book itself. And now this modern classic and bibliophile's dream is available in hardcover again.

The story begins with a lonely boy na...more
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published 1997 by Dutton Children's Books (first published 1979)
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Greg
May 19, 2008 Greg rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Ben
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...more
Gundula
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...more
Wicked Incognito Now
Jan 23, 2008 Wicked Incognito Now rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Corinne
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
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...more
Joel
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...more
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...more
Belle
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...more
Kathryn
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...more
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...more
Brad
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...more
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
Lea
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...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...more
Elisa
Bastiano Baldassarre Bucci è un bambino grassoccio e con la faccia color formaggio, orfano di madre, tremendamente insicuro di sé e per questo vittima dei suoi coetanei bulli. Se a questo aggiungiamo che suo padre, segnato dalla morte della moglie in modo profondo, non lo degna quasi più di uno sguardo, abbiamo davanti l'immagine perfetta di un personaggio dall'esistenza grama. L'infelicità circonda Bastiano e lo isola dal mondo, e lui non fa niente per levarsela di dosso: si crogiola nella soli...more
Robyn
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...more
Tracy
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Alex
The problem with this book is that it's essentially Dunsany or Eddison for children. The problem with children's books, for me, is that too often everything is written to be on the surface. If something happens then it happens for a reason and the child has to be told what that reason is, lest they get the wrong moral message. The joy of a surrealist fantasist like Dunsany is that nothing happens for a given reason, everything is out there in order to be what we make of it.

And yet I applaud the...more
Qt
Feb 19, 2010 Qt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
I loved this one! I'd been told to read it long ago, and finally did so. I thought it was a really, really beautiful and engrossing mix of fantasy and thought-provoking things and storytelling-magic. I loved the style, and the book felt more like a story being told to me than an actual "novel," which fits in with the plot and action so well. It almost seemed like a very personal book, like it was a nostalgic favorite, in a way (though this is the first time I'd read it). This is one of those boo...more
Maria
Desde muito nova que ouvia falar desta história. Via os desenhos animados ou algo do género (não era o filme) num dos canais de tv de desenhos animados, provavelmente no Canal Panda, e não fazia ideia que era baseado num livro.
Mais tarde conheci a música e vi que havia um filme, mas ainda não sabia que todos se baseavam no livro.

Até que descobri.

E decidi, um dia, lê-lo. E assim foi.
Há alguns meses comprei-o, mas só a semana passada lhe peguei.
Não é um livro que se leia depressa, como tantos...more
Mariel
Mar 23, 2011 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: tinkerbell
Recommended to Mariel by: santa claus
The Neverending Story is one of my childhood reads (not a favorite one, however) that I went back to later in my teen years. I've never really had that "I wanna be an adult" childish phase of shunning childish things. I've never stopped loving toys, cartoons and make-believe (it goes hand and hand with the ability to bullshit, something I love way too much to ever give up). If I can't still enjoy a story I once loved, it is because there aren't enough new layers for my mind that looks for more....more
Janie Johnson
I decided to read this book with a couple of good friends on GR as a buddy read. I have never read this book before; I actually did not even realize there was a book, but I had fallen in love with the movie(s). So I figured this would be a great experience for all of us. Now, I am not a lover of sci-fi/fantasy at all, but I gotta say this book is a treat! And I was pleasantly surprised by it's content.

I loved that the book was set up mostly geared towards what was happening in Fantastica and not...more
Erin
Apr 16, 2007 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone haunted by the death of Artax in the movie
Shelves: ya
Most folks of a certain age have seen the movie they made of this book in the '80s. What's intriguing is that it's only about the first third of the book. Much, much more happens to Bastian in the Neverending Story than we ever got to see. Granted, most of it is a slightly preachy allegory about personal responsibility, but it's still a pretty kickass young adult fantasy novel if you don't think about it too hard. Also, the chapters are alphabetized with illuminated text, which is fun.
Eleanor
This is the book on which the movies were based (loosely). While I still love the first movie, having grown up on it, this book blows it right out of the water. Michael Ende's creativity and originality (not quite the same things) are brilliantly showcased in this novel. Don't miss it!
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...more
Natalie
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...more
Lee
I absolutely loved the movie, it has always been one of my favorites, but I never considered the fact it was a book until a couple of months ago. The book is beyond all doubt amazing in my opinion. I love fantasy and this book encompasses everything that I love in a good fantasy.

Bastian is a remarkable character who you love, pity, and can dislike throughout his journey. He struggles with finding out who he wants to be and who he really is. His friends and people he meets help him in his journey...more
Sarah Michelle
Oct 30, 2008 Sarah Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone, fantasy fans
This is one of my favorite books of all time. Every time I read it I pick up on something new.

I was lucky enough to get a newish edition that had the multicolored inks and the full-page chapter starters. It took me until last year to realize that the 26 chapters of the book each start with a letter of the alphabet.

I love the story within the story, and how Mr. Ende portrayed fantasy as being both savior and devil. In the first section of the book, Bastion's imagination is what saves Fantastica...more
Libby
This was THE book that opened the doors of fantasy to me. I remember reading the book as if I were Bastian, I wanted to believe so badly that I could find such a book and be transported into such a world with such fantastical creatures. I remember to this day (some 25 years later) the sheer excitement of reading the book for the first time, the anticipation of turning each page and wondering what was going to happen next. I fell in love with all of the characters and even now, despite the fact t...more
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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...more
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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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