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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  140,732 ratings  ·  5,342 reviews
A cualquiera le puede ocurrir lo mismo que a Bastián: que entre en un libro y luego no pueda, o no quiera, salir de él. Bastián es un muchacho soñador, para quien la vida cotidiana en general y el colegio en particular constituyen una serie continua de sinsabores. De los que se defienden a copia de imaginación, artículo de primera necesidad. Buen día, los personajes de La ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published 1983 by Círculo de Lectores (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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Aug 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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،
Mark Lawrence
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
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
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
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
Dan Schwent
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2018-books
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
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

Audio reread #8

6/20/18 audio read # 73

The beginning scene in the bookstor
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
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteka
Beskrajno uzivanje!!!! Milion zvezdica!
Eric Allen
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
Ajeje Brazov
Un libro bellissimo, stupendo, pieno di spunti di riflessione, pieno di fantàsia, d'immaginazione, di gioia e soprattutto, pienissimo di amore, amore per i libri, amore per tutto. Senza amore cosa saremmo?
Ho visto il film centinaia di volte, è stato tra i miei film preferiti da bambino/ragazzino, ancora oggi (non più giovanissimo :-P) me lo riguardo con molto piacere, ma il film non è che una piccola parte del libro. Il libro è magico davvero, ho trovato e soprattutto provato empatia verso tutto
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sophia Triad
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
Franco  Santos
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro excelente. Fantasía al 100 %. La historia interminable, a través de su película, me acompañó por muchos años de mi infancia. Su lectura actual es una especie de reencuentro con ese mundo.
Cri (PaperbacksandPizza)

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
Frogy (Ivana)
Realno ocena je 5000000*
Leo .
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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!
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
Blake Gafford
Jun 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Wicked Incognito Now
Jan 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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
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.
Knjiga citana kada sam bio daleko mladji, odgledani svi filmovi, i sada ponovo procitana knjiga i jos uvek podjednako magicno i zabavno kao i ranije.

Nema sta puno da se kaze, odlicna knjiga za ljubitelje citanja sa puno maste i fantazije. Mirna preporuka za sve od 7 do 107 godina :)
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 masterpieces. It is profoundly moving as a work dealing with grief and loss, memory and creativity should be. It is meta fictional in a way which, for me, no other book has ever approached - I will never forget being 10 years old and reading as Bastian and the Princess turn and look at me reading them...I felt m ...more
Valeria R
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Ogni vera storia è una Storia infinita"
Lisa Vegan
This is a rather brilliant book and I could see it being a life changing book for some readers.

It’s about reality & fantasy, escape, power, free will, friendship, individuality, isolation, grief, choices, wishes, courage, growth, altruism, friendship, change, self acceptance, meaning, memory, identity, love, introspection, and imagination & stories.

From the beginning, it reminded me of The Lord of the Rings and The Phantom Tollbooth, and other books too.

Even though I knew this formula, I
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
Final rating: 5/5 stars
“Every real story is a never ending story.”

This review will be hard to write because I read the translation of this on my language, and my language tends to write names as how they would have sounded as spoken. So I have no idea how to write the names but I think i'll stuck with original names (on German).

This book is a classic of literature - and Michael Ende, German author, did fantastic job with it. It became popular when it came out, and became even more popular
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ho visto il film da bambina e mi sono avvicinata al libro solo recentemente. Contrariamente a ciò che mi capita quando leggo un libro dopo averne visto la trasposizione cinematografica, sono rimasta piacevolmente sorpresa: la storia di Atreiu è solo una piccola parte di una narrazione ben più ampia, che passa anche attraverso e soprattutto i mutamenti del sentire di Bastiano, impreparato esploratore/demiurgo di un mondo suggestivo e coinvolgente, che, seppur si fa plasmare da lui, esiste al di f ...more
Maria  (Mhemnoch)
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, relecturas
Varias re lecturas!
Como decía con Momo, Ende siempre fue grande!
Tenía la gran cualidad de hacer que sus libros tomaran significados completamente diferentes según la edad de lectura, pero sin dejar de ser entretenidos y una buena historia.
Para mi, lleno de metáforas y de enseñanzas. Sin duda, libro de cabecera y recomendado para cualquier edad.
I think the last time I read this (when I was about 10), I stopped when I got to the end of the movie's plot, which is about halfway through. That makes sense, because all the thematic stuff is in part two, and it's fascinating and fairly complex, and I think I would have found it boring and confusing as a fifth grader, because I don't know if that's quite the right time for a deconstruction of the hero myth and a fable about the perils of power and leadership.

But... that's all really good stuff
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bilo je neizmjerno zadovoljstvo pročitati Beskrajnu priču. Gradacija svijeta Fantazije i likova je tako osjećajno i maštovito pretočena na papir da je nemoguće ostati ravnodušan. Beskrajna priča je vanvremenska, eskapistička, poetizovana uzbudljivim avanturama neobičnih ljudi iz sasvim neobičnih života. Endeova Fantazija je oslikana umjetnošću bez ikakvog lamenta, stvarajući razboritost. Na početku svakog poglavlja knjigu krase ilustracije koje na jednostavan i lijep način prikazuju bića Fantazi ...more
martin eden
What an amazing story! It's definitely one of my favourite books. Micheal Ende has a really powerful writing style: it is really impressive how he is manipulating the reader, always surprising him with unpredictable tricks. His writing style is incredible, inviting us to dive deeper in our own fantastic world. It's the true balance between reality and the book world: to plunge deeper in the imaginary world to come back braver, wiser and a grown-up while never forgetting the child inside. His mis ...more
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Grazie ragazze per averlo votato.
L'ho finto ieri notte. E'stato davvero emozionante.
Sono davvero contenta di averlo letto finalmente. Ho sempre visto solo il film, ma i libro è molto meglio. Si lo so, si dice semrpe così, però questa volta è proprio vero. Anche perchè il film è solo la prima metà del libro e non è neanche fedele. Alcune cose sono diverse, sembrano cose da poco e invece secondo me cambiano il messaggio del libro. Non dimenticherò mai l'incontro di Bastia
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
A celebration of the imagination and the written word for the youngsters (read kids, for the love of all that is holy, READ!). There is also a healthy imparting of lessons about introspection and following your dreams while remembering who you are and where you came from (got some depth for the young readers).

Yeah, there is definitely a Reading Rainbow vibe happening here (lots of love LeVar Burton). This is a longer book for the younguns at 445 pages. I enjoyed this book, though honestly not a
Scarlet Cameo
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rc-18, rtc
Stephanie Campi
🌟 3,2 estrellas:

Es un libro precioso, con toda la creación de mundo y todos los personajes que contiene. Además de la parte interesante es el desarrollo del héroe y la reflexión final sobre ese camino que emprende. Mi único problema personal es que hay una parte del medio en que se me hizo muy pesada y cuando él comienza a ser un adonis andante lo odié bastante. Siento que si este libro lo hubiera leído en mi infancia, lo hubiera disfrutado más.
Joaquin Garza
El título de esta reseña debería ser: 'La fantasía triunfante'.

Me encanta recordar cómo me sentí la primera vez que leí La Historia Sin Fin. Tenía doce años y me lo dieron en un intercambio navideño, a petición mía. Recuerdo la emoción mezclada con terrible mortificación al saber que la película que había visto desde muy pequeño sólo era la mitad del libro, y que esas ilustraciones de Roswitha Quadflieg, tan místicas y extrañas con los nombres de los capítulos sugerían una historia mucho más gra
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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
“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.”
“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.” 467 likes
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