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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…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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Greg
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
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Die Unendliche Geschichte = The never ending story, Michael Ende
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و سوم ماه سپتامبر سال 2009 میلادی
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
آدمهائی وجود دارند که هرگز نمیتوانند به سرزمین رویاها بروند
رمان خیالپردازی آلمانی است، که توسط «میشائل (میکائیل) انده»، نگاشته شده،
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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
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Kalin
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
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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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Dan Schwent
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2018-books
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Bradley
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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PopiTonja
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beskrajno uzivanje!!!! Milion zvezdica!
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
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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
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Cri (PaperbacksandPizza)
English/Italiano

First of all, I have to say I am not a native english speaker so, please, I prefer to not be attacked, if I made any mistakes. Instead of do that, it would be nice if you corrected me, thank you :)


“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 empt
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Frogy (Ivana)
Realno ocena je 5000000*
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
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Maureen
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!
Franco  Santos
Jul 07, 2014 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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Nikoleta
Jul 01, 2016 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
Penny
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، داستانِ این کتاب از جایی آغاز میشود که پسر بچه ای رویا پرداز به نامِ <باستیان>، در حالِ فرار از بچه هایی که او را اذیت میکنند، واردِ کتابفروشی میشود... در آنجا پیرمردِ کتابفروش، کتابی را به او معرفی میکند.. باستیان که کنجکاو شده تا آن را بخواند، کتاب را برداشته و از مغازه فرار میکند... او به زیرزمینِ مدرسه رفته و خواندنِ کتاب را آغاز میکند
داستانِ آن کتاب، از این قرار است که، "هیچ" لحظه به لحظه دنیای فانتزیا یا همان سرزمینِ رویاها را در هم کوبیده و نابود کرده و به هیچ و پوچ
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, own, five-stars, audiobooks
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

Audio reread #8

6/20/18 audio read # 73

The beginning scene in the book
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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
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Pantelis
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A pilgrimage... To read and reread plenty of times throughout your life... Start early...
Amber
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
Lisa
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 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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Carmine
Il nulla di fronte a voi, la fantasia in voi

L'affabulazione fantastica diventa cartina tornasole di un'umanità messa al palo dal Nulla - inarrestabile fagocitatore di sogni e speranze -, la cui resistenza è impossibile perché impossibile è il tentativo di arginare il declino dell'immaginazione.
La bellezza di un'opera come "La storia infinita" non risiede solo nel vivace caleidoscopio di meraviglie che si dischiudono capitolo dopo capitolo, foriere di paesaggi meravigliosi e antri oscuri in cui
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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.
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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Laura
Un libro genial. Quizá flojea un poco al final, pero es que la primera parte es muy buena. Atreyu y Fújur entran en mi lista de personajes literarios favoritos.
Le doy un 9.
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
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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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“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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“When it comes to controlling human beings there is no better instrument than lies. Because, you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts.” 445 likes
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