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Eine gespenstische Gesellschaft "grauer Herren" ist am Werk und veranlasst immer mehr Menschen, Zeit zu sparen. Aber in Wirklichkeit betrügen sie die Menschen um diese ersparte Zeit. Als die Not am größten ist und die Welt ihnen schon endgültig zu gehören scheint, entschließt sich Meister Hora, der geheimnisvolle "Verwalter der Zeit", zum Eingreifen. Doch dazu braucht er d ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Thienemann (first published 1973)
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Nim If you have just started studying German it won't be the easiest read, no book is when you're only beginning another language, but once you're interme…moreIf you have just started studying German it won't be the easiest read, no book is when you're only beginning another language, but once you're intermediate by all means read it because it's one of the most magical and beautiful books you'll ever read! You'll have to look up words from time to time but I promise it will be worth the effort because it will teach you the words that add colour, texture and magic and really gives a language wings.(less)
Anika Depends on what she likes. It's a children's book (suitable for kids 10 years and older in my estimation), but it's compelling, thrilling, and wonderf…moreDepends on what she likes. It's a children's book (suitable for kids 10 years and older in my estimation), but it's compelling, thrilling, and wonderfully imaginative. It has fantastical elements, a strong female protagonist, and is beautifully written. My mom loved it, if that helps. :)(less)

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Manny was working late one evening when he received an unexpected visitor. He was an old man with white hair and gold-rimmed glasses, curiously dressed in a lace-embroidered doublet and a periwig, and he was carrying a book.

"Greetings," said the visitor. "I think you should read this."

"What is it?" asked Manny irritably. People were always asking him to read things. "I don't really have time right now. I need to get this software problem fixed for tomorrow. And then I have an article to write an
May 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my... you haven't read this book? You poor dear. I suspect that the reason why this book is not read in the United States is because the grey men are working very hard to keep it off the shelves. It is moments, not time, that is precious. ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Momo = The Grey Gentlemen = The Men in Grey, Michael Ende

Momo, also known as The Grey Gentlemen or The Men in Grey, is a fantasy novel by Michael Ende, published in 1973.

It is about the concept of time and how it is used by humans in modern societies. In the ruins of an amphitheater just outside an unnamed city lives Momo, a little girl of mysterious origin. She came to the ruin, parent-less and wearing a long, used coat. She is illiterate and cannot count, and she doesn't know how old she is.
Kara Maia Spencer
Aug 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
Momo is a classic story that is known as a children's book, yet I believe that adults may even glean more from its reading than younger folk. Momo is written by Michael Ende, the author who is most known in the US for having written The Neverending Story. When I was younger, and my mother ran an independent children's bookstore, she ordered a case of this book, and gave a copy to all of her friends and colleagues.

This is a modern day fairytale, about a little girl named Momo, who moves into a ru
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, favorites
Dear friends!

Do you have time to sit down for a moment, and listen to a story? It is a true one, of great importance, with a vital message for humankind. It starts in a classroom, where a teacher is about to wrap up for the day. She has put a lot of time into the Timesaving Bank, and wants to save some more of it by rushing off to the underground to catch the next train. That makes at least four minutes which she will not have to spend waiting, Heaven forbid! 4 minutes to put into the Timesaving
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-shelf, fantasy, ya
What was I thinking? I already count Ende's The Neverending Story to be one of the very best books ever written, so why would I waste SO MUCH TIME getting to anything else he wrote?

It blows my mind!

It's almost like SOMEONE HAS BEEN STEALING MY TIME! All those damn time-savers out there fooled me and tied me up and made my life a dull gray, smoke-filled, DEADLY TEDIOUS world! They kept me from this book... and now I know why!

It's a conspiracy of the Time-Banks.

Momo is pretty damn wonderful. The c
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our time is stolen; or perhaps more accurately we mortgage it away, thinking we're getting a bargain when in fact we're screwing ourselves over.

Mystery and Melancholy on a Street, Giorgio de Chirico
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This turned out to be a charming book and one I had never heard of before, although I very much enjoyed one of Ende's other works The Neverending Story many years ago.

Although Momo was first published in 1973 the story it tells applies perfectly to today. A city is besieged by sinister grey men whose job it is to steal time, leaving the inhabitants believing they have no time left for 'unnecessary' things like enjoyment or caring for others, even their own children. Momo is the only person who i
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this book for the first time as a preteen, but I left it unfinished because I didn't find it engaging or entertaining. A few years later, due to my LOVE for Michaels Endes's The Neverending Story, I decided to give it another try, and managed to finish it that time.
In the end, I quite liked the story, I found it very beautiful actually. My problem with it is that it isn't a diverting read, I found it boring in many occasions, which it is a shame because the message that this story sends i
Apr 20, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-read
You cannot, repeat: cannot, go into this book with the expectations of "hard," realist fiction. Then again, if you know anything about Michael Ende (the author of the Never Ending Story), you won't.

Momo is one of those rare books that would do well in a fourth-grade classes, but is also strangely releveant to adults. The story centers around a girl named Momo who took residence in an ancient, abandoned amphitheater in an unnamed town, which is populated by a series of people who do small-town jo
Oct 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-08
Recommended to me by Meltha, one of the smartest people I know, who has a great love for most of the things I love. How could I resist?

10/9 - Why? Why isn't this required reading in schools all over the damn place? Why haven't I heard of this? Why hasn't it been made into a movie like NES?



This book is WONDERFUL! And for the first time since I started keeping my nose in a book 14 hours a day (a girl's gotta sleep), people asked what I was reading, and I had so much fun telling th
Ms. Smartarse
Apr 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Translated into English, under the same title: Momo.

At the edge of a small town, among the ruins of an old amphitheater, lives a most unusual little girl. She is very small, very poor and not particularly educated for her age. She does, however, have an extraordinary talent: she can truly listen to people.

Momo listens

Don't mistake her listening skills for the generic I will listen for now, but please hurry up so I can talk about my own problems type. Hers is the genuine kind, the one that shows real interes
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book several months ago at a used book store, but I put off reading it because I was afraid it wouldn't live up to Michael Ende's other famous book, which also happens to be my favorite book, The Neverending Story. While Momo isn't as complex and more bluntly allegorical, it is charming and emotionally stunning. Perhaps I am more naive than most readers, but I felt myself swept up into this book's persuasive world in which children are forgetting how to play and adults only care ab ...more
Anca-Daniela Spataru
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
“People never seemed to notice that, by saving time, they were losing something else. No one cared to admit that life was becoming ever poorer, bleaker and more monotonous. The ones who felt this most keenly were the children, because no one had time for them any more. But time is life itself, and life resides in the human heart. And the more people saved, the less they had.”
“Time is life itself, and life resides in the human heart.”
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Second reading:

This is a timeless story that can (and should!) be read by people of all ages. This is my 2nd reading, the first being when I was 22 or 23 and a new German speaker. I read it in German and 25+ years later didn’t have much recollection of the actual events in the book but I did retain the feeling that this book moved me. It shifted something in me, and taught me a lesson that needs reiterating over and over. Take your time. Appreciate the beauty and beautiful world around you. List
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the first 30 or so pages, I was beginning to think I would be the only one to not like this, and suddenly it started to become interesting and profound. Even though it seems written for the little ones, it really addresses the adults. It's a reminder of LIFE, of the time we have and how we choose to spend it. Choose wisely! :)

I warmly recommend this book.

"Calendars and clocks exist to measure time, but that signifies little because we all know that an hour can seem as eternity or p
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anni's pick for my "Tell me your favorite standalone and I'll read it" BINGO

I didn't even know this book existed till Anni recommended it. And boy am I glad I read it! Because it was so lovely and charming!!! Fabulous!

Momo, is a ragged little waif, who had set up house beneath the stage of an old ruined amphitheatre. Small and thin, with an unruly mop of jet-black hair that looked as if it had never seen a comb or a pair of scissors, she is most always barefoot and wears an ankle-length dres
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210422: i have read this at least three times, this is a new translation, though how different i do not know as i do not read german. it was first published in 1973, i read it in the 80s, i read it again on fortieth anniversary. as with many works of art it is prescient and maybe things are even worse now. i had not read The Neverending Story but simply liked the surrealistic cover and suggestion of 'time thieves'. i have decide
Denisa Arsene
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Momo's parable is a story that, unfortunately, nowadays, more and more people live. we are trying to save as much time as we can by meeting goals that we alone or others impose on us. We only have a quick transition through life (in general) without having much time to sit with ourselves, to listen to us and to others, to nature, to life. We eat fast, we read fast, we go fast, we work fast, we want everything to go in a hurry to get ... where? It's an idea that has been grinding me for years. Th ...more
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
A wonderful book for children (and those who have left childhood behind but are looking for a ray of hope to keep them sane). Momo is a little girl about to be swallowed by a world where men dressed in gray are working hard to steal people's time. No one has time for stories now, or games, but Momo won't let these men and this new world take away her friends, she will fight for them and save them from a destiny of regrets.
Beautifully written and full of heart.
One day I want to be the concept artist on the film version. One of my favourite stories - lyrical, relevant, beautiful. Far more than a simple children's book. ...more
THIS is how to write a novel-length fairy tale. The characters are whole and human, the fantasy pure, and all else perfect. I must have more of Michael Ende's work.
Some stories that deal with magic don't explain anything, not even the rules by which their magic operates. Others make too many rules, turning it into a confusing science. Not so here. Like fairy tales, we are introduced to a magical object, told the rules which constrain it, but now HOW it works, and move on. The reader is not left
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had the pleasure of getting this book read to me by my 12 year old son as part of his schoolwork. Since I managed to never read it myself when I was a child (I was one of those types who never touched anything that was recommended to me by adults ^^'), I was glad to see that his teacher had picked it up for class.

Michael Ende's imagination is wonderful and the topic of this nearly 50 year old book is as vital today as it was back then - or better, even more important in our time of virtual gam
Alex Bright
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a beautiful, heartwarming, intelligent, imaginative story, that doesn't talk down to children -- which is a real rarity these days! I can't wait to share this with my niece. I have a feeling she's really going to enjoy it. I know I did! ...more
May 17, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: german, fantasy
This was my third novel in German, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Momo’s greatest pleasure, in my opinion, is its politics: what begins as a fable about the value of time and friendship quickly lets itself become a screed against—well, all of modernity. The book bangs the reader over the head with its moral so gleefully that it ends up providing not just the pleasure of a well-written children’s story, but also that of an impassioned political essay. Of course, like most impassioned political essa ...more
Tanja Berg
This book has some truly stellar insights, but it does not make up for the fact that it is incredibly childish in places, and quite boring. I would have LOVED this when I was 10 years old. Now, not so much.

Momo, an orphan, makes a home for herslef in an abandoned amphitheater in some unnamed country; I immediately thought of Italy. She gets many friends of all ages because of her unusual abilitiy to listen. After a while Momo and her friends realize that things are changing in the city. It has
Oct 29, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I have finished. Finally. This book was interminable.

It was misnamed as well. Ende should have named his other book after the main character and called this one 'the never ending story' because that's what it was. Interminable.

Even as a bathroom book it was interminable. Reading even as much as a page at a time was agonizingly difficult.

It didn't help at all that the cover art was horrendous. Who in their right mind would draw a realistic picture of a ragged street waif complete with dirt as t
Book Worm
What is it about life that we truly treasure?
Let's take a minute and think.

What did you think of?

Imagine there comes a girl into your life, a small girl with brown eyes and brown unruly curls wearing a much too large men's jacket. Momo. This girl has the knack to listen and to play and to make everything in your life more beautiful.

But one day the grey men come. They tell you that you're wasting your time with doing silly things like reading, telling stories, visiting your mum, writing poetry .
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
This is a charming tale about the importance of relationships and taking time to live a quality life. The message of this story is that it isn't money or success that is important, but rather building meaningful relationships with others. It's worth reading in this age of hyper-efficiency and capitalistic excess. ...more
Paul Sochiera
Oct 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story that captures many truths about time and questions our society’s way of thinking about it (at least in my interpretation).
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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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“People never seemed to notice that, by saving time, they were losing something else. No one cared to admit that life was becoming ever poorer, bleaker and more monotonous. The ones who felt this most keenly were the children, because no one had time for them any more. But time is life itself, and life resides in the human heart. And the more people saved, the less they had.” 272 likes
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