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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
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Paperback, 396 pages
Published 1984 by Penguin (first published 1979)
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Eva This book was read to me from the time I was a toddler. My aunt read it aloud while I was playing. Later, when I read it myself, I remembered parts of…moreThis book was read to me from the time I was a toddler. My aunt read it aloud while I was playing. Later, when I read it myself, I remembered parts of it and it felt really special, like I'd grown up with this story.
I never got nightmares from it, but I tried to build Fantasia out of Legos at some point in Kindergarden. (less)
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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Greg
Aug 25, 2007 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  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 truly identify with. Or maybe because Bastian does what I had always dreamed of as a child, since the day I started reading: to enter inside a book, to turn my ima ...more
Manybooks
Although I have read this book more than twenty times, I have, until now, never actually written a longer and more involved 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 thus truly one of my all-time favourite German children's literature books. I love/adore everything about this novel, including the ingenious ...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
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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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Die Unendliche Geschichte = The never ending story, Michael Ende
عنوان: داستان بی پایان؛ نویسنده: میکائیل انده؛ مترجم: شیرین بنی احمد؛ تهران، نشر روز، 1368؛ در 603 ص، مصور، چاپ دیگر: تهران، نشر چشمه، کتاب ونوشه؛ 1385؛ در 578 ص؛ شابک: 9789645571304؛ موضوع: داستانهای خیال انگیز از نویسندگان آلمانی - قرن 20 م
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رمان خیالپردازی آلمانی است که توسط میشائل (میکائیل) انده نگاشته شده و در سال 1979 در آلمان انتشار یافته است. تا کنون چندین فیلم از این
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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
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PopiTonja
Feb 15, 2016 PopiTonja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beskrajno uzivanje!!!! Milion zvezdica!
Sophia Triad
Mar 30, 2016 Sophia Triad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I have read when I was a kid.
I have read it multiple times and I was extremely disappointed with the movie adaptation.
I truly believe that this story has inspired me and made me love Fantacy books so much later on as an adult.
(If my remember correctly my godfather gave it to me as a Christmas present together with "Comet in Moominland" by Tove Jansson. The best combination!)
Although it is more than 25 years since I last read it, I still remember scenes of the story
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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
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Nikoleta
Jul 01, 2016 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Το βιβλίο Ιστορία χωρίς τέλος το διάβασα για πρώτη φορά πριν εννιά χρόνια. Τώρα καθώς με έπιασε νοσταλγία για την ιστορία του έπρεπε να το ξαναπιάσω. Σε αυτή την ανάγνωση ήρθα αντιμέτωπη με νέα δεδομένα και η ιστορία που διάβασα δεν μου φάνηκε καθόλου ίδια με εκείνη εννιά χρόνια πριν. Η πρώτη μου παρατήρηση, αυτό που θαύμασα, είναι το εύρος των εικόνων, των πλασμάτων και των σκηνικών που έχει δημιουργήσει ο Έντε και το εύρος των δυνατοτήτων που δίνει στον ήρωα του όταν αυτός είναι στην φανταστικ ...more
Franco  Santos
Jul 07, 2014 Franco Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...

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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
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Maureen
I feel like I'm very torn on this book because while I did enjoy it and did enjoy listening to it, it was so rough to get through. I liked the story, but it didn't hook me and capture me and make me want to keep reading, so it took me over a month to listen to it (SO LONG).
Overall a really interesting story with a lot of unique circumstances and characters! I've also never seen the movie (I KNOW) and I know it's super different so now I want to watch it even more!
Kalin
Dec 21, 2012 Kalin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: всеки, страдащ/-л от ескейпизъм
Първата – и все още най-ярката – история, която ме насърчи да спра да бягам от живота си в книгите и да започна да ги вплитам обратно в него.

В Човешката библиотека съм събрал най-насърчаващите откъси:

http://choveshkata.net/blog/?p=3352

Добавка от 16.01.2016: При този пореден (мисля, девети) препрочит си дадох сметка, че „Приказка без край“ е и най-ярката илюстрация на идеите, дестилирани в The Encylcopedia of Fantasy.
Blake Gafford
Jun 05, 2007 Blake Gafford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alltimefaves
****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
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Jules
Terminar el libro es como salir de Fantasía, uno quiere volver a vivir aventuras de las que siempre se sale victorioso. Pero las historias de aquí tienen ese aire trágico, en el que se sale perdiendo, abandonado y dolorido. Dejemos elegir al amor.
Lisa
Jun 25, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
My children are currently listening to a never-ending audiobook of this all time children's favourite of mine, and I find myself secretly spying on them, listening to bits and pieces of the story, always knowing exactly where they are at the moment, after so many rereads!

I still dream of finding a bookstore like the one where Bastian Balthasar Bux found "The Neverending Story". I don't think I ever pass an antique shop without thinking of this book for at least a fraction of a second, it is so d
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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
Amber
Dec 08, 2016 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarybooks
Bastian Balthazar Bux is a shy, awkward, and plump little boy who is tired of being bullied in school. One blustery stormy day Bastien goes inside of an antique bookstore and discovered a mysterious book called the Neverending Story. When the bookshop owner Mr. Coreander is not looking, Bastien steals the book and hides in the attic of his school to read it. It is only when he begins to read the Neverending Story that his adventure truly begins. What happens next? Read the book for yourself and ...more
Wicked Incognito Now
Jan 05, 2008 Wicked Incognito Now rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Jonathan
Feb 20, 2013 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kristalia
Final rating: 5/5 stars
“Every real story is a never ending story.”

This review will be hard to write because I read the translation of this on my language, and my language tends to write names as how they would have sounded as spoken. So I have no idea how to write the names but I think i'll stuck with original names (on German).

This book is a classic of literature - and Michael Ende, German author, did fantastic job with it. It became popular when it came out, and became even more popular
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Maria  (Mhemnoch)
Varias re lecturas!
Como decía con Momo, Ende siempre fue grande!
Tenía la gran cualidad de hacer que sus libros tomaran significados completamente diferentes según la edad de lectura, pero sin dejar de ser entretenidos y una buena historia.
Para mi, lleno de metáforas y de enseñanzas. Sin duda, libro de cabecera y recomendado para cualquier edad.
Penny
Jul 12, 2012 Penny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
IN ORDER FOR REALITY TO EXIST, THERE HAS TO BE FANTASY.

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
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Daniel
Knjiga citana kada sam bio daleko mladji, odgledani svi filmovi, i sada ponovo procitana knjiga i jos uvek podjednako magicno i zabavno kao i ranije.

Nema sta puno da se kaze, odlicna knjiga za ljubitelje citanja sa puno maste i fantazije. Mirna preporuka za sve od 7 do 107 godina :)
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
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Frogy (Ivana)
Apr 27, 2016 Frogy (Ivana) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Realno ocena je 5000000*
j
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
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
I read this every year. This time I'm doing an audio version. I absolutely adore this novel, and shared it with every class I taught. I'll never forget the students who acted out the swamps of sadness in the middle of a teal walk through rice mud sucking off our shoes. That's really what the gift of this book is-the breath of imagination. This will be a perfect purchase for my nieces.

2017 Reading Challenge: story within a story
Jenna
Apr 06, 2012 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 mixed feelings. Interestingly, it's the first half of the book that the movie is based on - while the sequel, The Neverending Story II, is based on the latter half of the book. Perhaps my experiences with the movies shaped my reading, but there was a cu ...more
martin eden
What an amazing story! It's definitely one of my favourite books. Micheal Ende has a really powerful writing style: it is really impressive how he is manipulating the reader, always surprising him with unpredictable tricks. His writing style is incredible, inviting us to dive deeper in our own fantastic world. It's the true balance between reality and the book world: to plunge deeper in the imaginary world to come back braver, wiser and a grown-up while never forgetting the child inside. His mis ...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
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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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