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The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
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Mar 07, 09

Read in March, 2009

This was very enjoyable, only I have my doubts about it being too clever. As an allegory of reading it is prey to the main flaw of most allegories: that is, being overly schematic. Also, I think it's a tad diadectic in what it puts across, but perhaps this is only because it's meant for children -- and it's important that THEY understand the value of fantasy. It's also not subtle at all in terms of aesthetics...

What I like about the book, actually, was the provocation that fantasy brings out the best in us, as well as the worst. In its way it's a very good apologia for attacks that fantasy is escapist etc since it deals directly with the implications of such an approach to fantasy, or even such a way of reading.

But the most heartwarming thing was that the book is, well, heartwarming! It more or less posits that art can make a difference: a lovely idea which I am a sucker for -- so it made me feel really good reading it.
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message 1: by Jonathan (new) - added it

Jonathan There;s not really a problem with things being didactic to me, too clever sometimes...I think I stopped reading halfway through as a kid because of the aesthetics seemed a little tedious. I think I'd like it more now though...good review.


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