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Momo by Michael Ende
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May 04, 09

Read in July, 2008

This book is for children, though relevant to adults. Written by the author of "The Neverending Story", it centers around a girl who has a gift for enjoying the present moment, and spending quality time with her friends. She is suspect of the strange men in town dressed like bankers who gradually take time away from people, until they simply have no time to enjoy life. While The N.E.S. is about the death of imagination (in my opinion) this book is about the death of present moment awareness and the danger of losing oneself to striving only for an elusive future. A fable about how everyone is trying to "get ahead" and losing sight of the best things in life as a result.

Handed to me by my friend Ben Pink, I read it in one night while working the overnight at the girls shelter. Very creative, imaginative, interesting to me as allegory and no doubt entertaining to kids, with a very important message for us all.
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