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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
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published 1997 by Dutton Children's Books (first published 1979)
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Catherine I read it to my 6 year old and she loves it. I did, however, skip over or adjust sections I felt she would be too sensitive to. Or, rather, rephrase t…moreI read it to my 6 year old and she loves it. I did, however, skip over or adjust sections I felt she would be too sensitive to. Or, rather, rephrase them so she could still hear about them but in a manner more suitable to her age. She said the best thing is that this book has no pictures so she can imagine instead.(less)
Elanna I am 40 and I don't like fantasy. I read this book when I was ten, then a couple of times as an adult and I read it to children too. I never get tired…moreI am 40 and I don't like fantasy. I read this book when I was ten, then a couple of times as an adult and I read it to children too. I never get tired of it. Style is great, and it's less centered on good vs evil dynamics, more on personal growth. It's not about escaping in a fantasy world, it is about learning to live in the world, and to tell reality from imagination. One mile above all other children books. (less)
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Aug 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Mark Lawrence
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Die Unendliche Geschichte = The Never Ending Story, Michael Ende

The Neverending Story is a fantasy novel by German writer Michael Ende, first published in 1979. An English translation, by Ralph Manheim, was first published in 1983.

The novel was later adapted into several films. The book centers on a boy, Bastian Balthazar Bux, a overweight and strange child who is neglected by his father after the death of Bastian's mother. While escaping from some bullies, Bastian bursts into the antiquarian
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
Re-Read, 4/10/20:

After yet another re-read, I've come to a simple conclusion: I decided to write fiction because I loved this story so much. I figured it out as a kid when I saw this movie for the first time.

So, why is that?

Because every work of fiction is a collaboration between the writer and the reader. In this case, it's between a reader and the written word and the actual reader of both... and the uber-reader, all of whom include each one of us, create this world anew.

We are the Neverendin
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who's ever suffered from escapism | всеки, страдащ/-л от ескейпизъм
(долу и на български, но по-прибрано ;)

The first--and still most luminous--story that urged me to stop running away from my life into books and start weaving books back into my life. If this sounds too abstract, consider the Human Library: a child of The Neverending Story, a sister of Moonchild.

This book made me polish my German enough to read it in the original. (And make notes of important mistakes in the Bulgarian translation. ;)

It made me itch to create a MUSH, where no two lands of Fantasti
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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I liked the movie better than the book. I do love how all the chapters started with the alphabet!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Merphy Napier
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics, three-stars
I didn't read this as a kid, I read it for the first time at 27. It has a lot of tropes I don't care for, but they were done really well. I thought the first half was really whimsical and sweet, but I really struggled through the second half.

Overall, it wasn't the story for me, but I think I would have loved it as kid, so I'll save it to read to my kids.
Dan Schwent
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2018-books
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BAM Endlessly Booked
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks, ya, own, five-stars
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 walk through river 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

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The beginning scene in the bookstor
- Already back, Gabriel?

- Yes boss.

- All items complete?

- Mission accomplished boss. I have delivered Thy latest message to Thy people.

- Well done, my good and faithful servant!

- Thanks boss.

- I would of course like a full report. Any problems?

- Uh...

- I suspected as much.

- I'm sorry boss. Thou knowest how delicate these things are.

- Don't I ever. Okay, how did you plant the idea?

- Well that part went well boss. I located the subject, a Herr Michael Ende, and I put a note in the shoe-box where h
This is almost like 2 books wrapped in one story. I was torn. The first half of the book is great and I want to give that 4 stars and the last half is rough and I want to give that 2 stars, so I meet in the middle.

If, like me, you have seen the movie 'the Neverending Story' as a child then this story will be different to you than someone who hasn't. The 1st half of the story is the movie. It sticks to the plot pretty faithfully. Then, the movie ends with Bastian making a wish and he's back in th
Jun 25, 2014 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 rereadings!

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 s
Eric Allen
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone

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
Charlotte May
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF at page 256

Alright, I’m calling it. I don’t actively dislike this book, but we just didn’t really mesh well.

There were too many characters and creatures, and each one only lasts for about 2 pages before we are moving onto the next thing.

Maybe when I was younger I would have enjoyed this more, but there’s just not enough to keep me invested.

Sophia Triad
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Favoriet book of all times. Keep reading it myself but also to the childeren of the neighbours. Need a new copy. This one is almost falling apart.
I came across Bradley's review of "The Neverending Story" a few days ago, and it brought back a lot of memories. I'm sure I'm not the only Goodreader who related to the story of an awkward child who finds comfort and reprieve from the bullying he endures at school and the cold father who waits for him at home between the pages on a book. I remember watching the movie and thinking that Coreander's bookshop was the most beautiful place I had ever seen: to this day, whenever I step into a crammed, ...more
Feb 20, 2013 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 works of genius. It is profoundly moving as a work dealing with grief and loss, memory and creativity should be. It is also clearly a book written in Germany in the shadow of Ww2, and its commentary on lies, manipulation and hero worship are obviously references to Nazism. It is meta fictional in a way which, fo ...more
Leo .
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Is the Eternal Stench a real place? I am convinced my neighbour came from there!!!🐯👍

The Eternal Stench, a smelly, dank, dark, mysterious location

A swamp full of creatures, monsters, twisted vegetation

Boiling and bubbling fetid and stinky, a bog, a quagmire

A slimy, slippery, unkempt, unclean and dire

I swear I saw a face familiar to me

In the film, many years ago, a grotesque entity

I read about him in the book too

A deviant, a goblin, stinking of puss and poo

The face I know, that was on show

I see hi
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've read three books by Michael Ende and they're all brilliant, shining jewels, but this one is the diamond. It's a story about a very much unhappy child, Bastian, who through a book falls into a magical place where he can have anything he wants, absolutely anything. While doing so, he loses himself again and again before finally finding his true self - and thus he returns, a changed, better person, finally able to love and be loved. So basically Fantastica is Bastian's catharsis, and what a ca ...more
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
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!
Spencer Orey
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mg-fantasy
This is a real repository of imagination. It doesn't totally stand up today (the second half loses its momentum and drags a bit), but it still reads as classic and lovely.

There are awesome little worlds described in short little sentences and paragraphs, especially near the beginning. But the book doesn't stay to dwell on any of those. Instead, it marches on into further imaginative territory.
Blake Gafford
Jun 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 08, 2016 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
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was five when my stepfather introduced me to the movie adaptation of this German classic. Shortly afterwards, he took me on a trip to the Bavaria Film Studios where most of the movie was made. I was fascinated by the mighty Pjörnrachzarck (the Rockbiter) as the puppet was huge. But I was even more enchanted when I was allowed to ride on Fuchur (Falkor)!
Sadly, since nobody in my family reads, I never got the book as a kid. Through the years, I came across it again and again and, eventually, als
Corinne Edwards
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 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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Michael Andreas Helmuth Ende was a German writer of fantasy and children's literature. He was the son of the surrealist painter Edgar Ende.

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 books for adults. Ende claimed, "It is for this chil

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