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La storia infinita

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  90,984 ratings  ·  2,799 reviews
Bastiano Balthazar Bux è un ragazzino goffo, grassoccio e soprattutto solo. Ha una grande passione: leggere. In un giorno di pioggia, inseguito dai compagni che si fanno beffe di lui, si rifugia in una vecchia libreria dove trova un volume intitolato La storia infinita. Il libraio non vuole venderlo, ma l’attrazione per quel libro è tale che Bastiano lo ruba e ci si immerg ...more
Hardcover, La Gaja Scienza, 446 pages
Published October 1st 1981 by Longanesi (first published 1979)
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Terresdebrume Actually it's more like one boy (Bastian) travelling through many people's stories... but you could say it's one story connected, since you follow the…moreActually it's more like one boy (Bastian) travelling through many people's stories... but you could say it's one story connected, since you follow the same hero throughout the book :)(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
Mar 23, 2011 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Tenía muchas ganas de volver a entrar en Fantasia, pero por una serie de razones el libro se había pasado más de año y medio en la estantería antes de que lo releyera por primera vez después de por lo menos diez años. Lo cierto es que he disfrutado mucho del libro, y aunque no me ha marcado ahora ni de pequeño tanto como a mucha gente, es un referente de la fantasía que quizás pueda ser incluso clave para entender las últimas décadas del género.
Xime García
★★★: Me gustó, nada extraordinario.

3.5 en realidad cuando GR se digne a poner las medias estrellas, lo malo es que siempre redondeo para abajo

La Historia Interminable puede ser, quizá, la novela más original y retorcida que me crucé en la vida. Por desgracia, así de retorcida y original que es, también tiene sus momentos aburridos.

Lo lamento, me aburrí muchísimo en muchos pasajes. La novela contiene 26 capítulos, cada uno empezando con una letra del abecedario y en orden (el primer capítulo empi
Lady Danielle
Reading this again for the third (fourth?) time. Definitely one of my all time favourites!

“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 expe
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I probably should have seen this book's title for what it is: a warning. This audiobook really did feel like it would never ever end. Though I pretty much hated it from the beginning, I felt so strongly that this story is one that I ought to like that I just had to push through. My friends' average rating on GR is a 4.36, and I have friends with standards as high or higher than mine. This may fall into the category of things that don't have charm if you didn't first discover it in childhood.

So f
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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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