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Small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Through the pages of an old book he discovers a mysterious world of enchantment - but a world that is falling into decay. The great task of making things well again falls on Bastian and so begins a dazzling, magical adventure....

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  • Greg
    2019-05-20 02:41

    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 imagination into reality. And what is this book if not the most beautiful ode to imagination and story telling?The first time I read this I was probably about 11 or 12 and it was after seeing The Neverending Story II in the theater. Till that moment I had never known The Neverending Story was a book, and just happened to notice this in the credits. Thank god I did. The fact that it led me to the book is probably the only redeeming factor of that film. I read the book all in one day, from morning till night, with nothing but the same lunch Bastian packed for himself in the movie (I may have cheated later on at night. It's tough when you're not actually hiding in the attic of your school, but lounging on your bed). And I've probably read it at least once a year since then. Even as an adult (am I really one of those now???), I still love being transported to this world, and I think it's a testament to the power of this book that it can still take me there. From Atreyu's quest to Bastian coming to fantastica, to their travels and adventures and Bastian's eventual journey home, I'm with them the whole way. A secret part of me still hopes that the Childlike Empress will appear before me, and that I can join Bastian and Atreyu for real in fantastica. Till then, the book and my imagination will have to do. For anyone who loves reading through and through, and who still has that sense of childhood wonder inside of them, please read this book.

  • Manybooks
    2019-05-23 02:38

    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 way the chapters are arranged, as well as the different colour fonts (red for reality, blue for Fantastica, or Phantásien in German). For me, the different fonts are not only an ingenious plot and narrative device, they also represent the separation of fantasy and reality. However, the fantastical first letters of each of the 26 chapters, representing the 26 letters of the alphabet, are all (at least in my own copy of the book) presented in the same reddish font as the parts of the story that take place in the real world (even for those chapters based wholly and entirely in Fantastica); this shows on a visual level that while fantasy and reality might be separate spheres and different from one another, they are nevertheless forever linked.I remember when we were reading this very novel in the Children's Literature Group (more than a few years ago), one of my GR friends (Kirei) asked if the story actually ever did end. And I have to admit that when I first read Die unendliche Geschichte as a teenager, I kept searching for other novels by the Michael Ende about Fantastica, as he was always hinting at precisely that eventuality (but that is another story), until I finally realised that this was just a plot device. At first, this bothered me a bit (I actually felt a wee bit cheated). But then, I realised how ingenious this particular plot device was (and is). It solidifies Michael Ende's belief that every book is a neverending story, and that books engender other stories and so on and so on. Furthermore, for a reader who might become somewhat nervous and apprehensive when reading exciting or frightening tales, the fact that the author claims that there will be more (future) tales of Fantastica, gives a comforting (but spoiler-less) reassurance that Fantastica will survive, that the nothing (the emptiness) will not succeed in utterly destroying fantasy and the realms of the fantastical.In the first part of Die unendliche Geschichte, the main emphasis seems to be mostly on the absolute importance and necessity of fantasy and imagination and how the lack thereof is detrimental to not only the realms of Fantastica, but also to the real world (to reality). While the story is never openly didactic, it does possess an obvious message against pure materialism and the disallowance and discrediting of fantasy (and imagination). The childlike empress will succumb to her illness and with her all of Fantastica, unless a human being can enter Fantastica and give the empress a new name (humans used to regularly find their way to the realms of fantasy, but they are seemingly losing this ability, or are perhaps unwilling or afraid to make use of it). And while Bastian does, in fact, possess said fantasy and imagination, he is also at first too unsure of himself to give the empress the name he has created for her (moon child). Indeed, the empress must resort to trickery and subterfuge in order to persuade Bastian to finally utter her name, to stop the nothing and to himself become part of the world of Fantastica, to enter into the latter's realm.In the second part of the story, Bastian is then given the opportunity (and the task) to use the power of his own imagination (his own wishes and desires) to reconstruct Fantastica. At first, it seems that there are no limits imposed; in fact, the empress actually tells Bastian that he should do what he wishes, what he wants. There are essential internal limits though, namely that Bastian's main responsibility, his main goal is to find the nature of his one true (his dearest) desire (which is something that Bastian only learns slowly, bit by bit). And it rapidly becomes apparent that Bastian's desires to be strong and courageous, of wanting to change his outward appearance are not only not his actual, true wishes, they portray that Bastian, at this time, only uses imagination and fantasy as an escape from a world (from a reality) that he does not like very much, a world where he can neither love nor be and feel loved. Bastian thus does not truly reconstruct Fantastica by creating new realms of fantasy, he uses these mostly to escape from both reality and his own personality. In fact, Bastian actually becomes majorly dictatorial, even attempting to usurp power from the childlike empress. Luckily for him, this proves unsuccessful, and faced with the loss of his memories, Bastian finally realises that his dearest wish is to love himself, to be able to love, that without love, there truly is absolutely nothing.Die unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story) therefore demonstrates (and demonstrates this clearly and shiningly) how the interaction and interplay of fantasy and reality, of Fantastica and humanity only succeeds if one strives to use fantasy and imagination to improve reality, and that because Bastian is unable to love either the world or himself, he uses fantasy not to improve reality, but to escape from it (to even destroy it perhaps). This fault, this main problematic issue causes Bastian to almost become permanently stranded in Fantastica, which might at first not seem such a bad result, except that, becoming stranded in Fantastica also means losing one's memories, losing one's soul and sanity. In the end, it is almost too late for Bastian, and basically, even though he has realised what his greatest desire is (love), it is only Atreju's friendship which allows Bastian to regain all of his memories and be allowed to return (with new vigour and with enlightenment) to the real world. Atreju takes over the responsibility of finishing all of the stories that had been started by Bastian, and it is this which liberates Bastian, allowing his return to reality and to sanity and memory.With Bastian's return, we also notice that Bastian has not only learned how to love, and also allowed his father to love again, he has also learned to take responsibility for his actions. Bastian himself goes to Mr. Coreander to tell him about taking the book, he does not rely on his father to do this (although his father does indeed offer). Thus the main point of Die unendliche Geschichte, at least for me personally , is and always will be that imagination and fantasy are essential for life and happiness, but that they must also not be used as an escape mechanism, as a bandaid type of solution (they should, they must be utilised in a responsible, moderate, temperate manner). They are to be used as a tool, an enjoyable tool, but a tool nevertheless, as a method of allowing fantasy and reality to exist together in friendship and harmony. And as such, Michael Ende's The Neverending Story also harkens back very strongly and stridently to the German Enlightenment, to the era of the Aufkläriung, where part of the main thematics was a striving for moderation, for the middle road, for a combination of reality and fantasy, with reality being enhanced with and by fantasy and fantasy being tempered with and by reality and realism. Michael Ende is therefore both an acolyte and a shining mirror image of one of my favourite German Enlightenment authors, Christoph Martin Wieland, whose work always strives for a combination of fantasy and reality, for moderation and a rejection of any form of extremism, including idealism; everything must be moderate and centrist.

  • Mark Lawrence
    2019-06-13 04:52

    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 end of the film by about half way through. That first half is cleverly done with a good idea about binding the reader and the adventure together in a 'meta' way that works out really well. The pacing is ok, the imagination great - chaotic, but good.For me Ende should have stopped there and wrapped it up.The second half of the book feels... never ending. It's a slow, overdone, meander through a fairly arbitrary world and the 8 year old I was reading it to (we finished the book on her 9th birthday) was, like me, less than gripped. We soldiered on... and on... and on.Eventually the massively drawn out moral lesson / reconstruction of our hero's personality completes and the final scenes of reunion are quite touching and uplifting.So the first half was a 4* for me, the second half a 2*.Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter #prizes..

  • Kalin
    2019-05-26 02:53

    (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 Fantastica ever stay in the same place (so good luck with making your way from point A to point B :D), and the Temple of a Thousand Doors prods you to ponder, Who am I?, and you get to help Atreyu with completing at least a few of those stories started by Bastian, and you meet others, others like you, like me, like us.It made me look for my truest wish: the one that doesn't go away and doesn't throw the past away (unless it's truly time to let go and move on).It made me who I am--along with A Requiem for Homo Sapiens and The Last Unicorn--more than any other book.And--for the more academic types among you ;)--it epitomizes a host of ideas distilled in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy.~ ~ ~Първата – и все още най-ярката – история, която ме насърчи да спра да бягам от живота си в книгите и да започна да ги вплитам обратно в него.В Човешката библиотека съм събрал най-насърчаващите откъси:Добавка от 16.01.2016: При този пореден (мисля, девети) препрочит си дадох сметка, че „Приказка без край“ е и най-ярката илюстрация на идеите, дестилирани в The Encylcopedia of Fantasy.

  • Ben
    2019-06-05 05:49

    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 have been a kook with some of his beliefs, but psychologists today with all their studies and time-tested proofs, and technology measuring brainwaves, chemicals, etc, now heavily emphasize the impact our childhood has on our adult self. And “self” is everything.Much of what I read captured me, putting me in a state in which I was accessing stirred-up feelings through a strange inner memory that I’m incapable of generating even partly on my own, without help, as an adult. The inability to directly replicate the magical feelings that used to be a normal part of our existence as children, yet somehow being aware of them in some odd way now is, in part, I think, why our childhood has the power to affect us so greatly. Even though past thought-processes can’t be fully realized, our greater psyche has a keen memory of them -- it knows exactly what once existed. And sometimes we can reinvigorate hints of what we felt during parts of youth through songs, pictures, books, and movies; and if it’s something that was specifically wonderful to us as children, all the more magical and powerful our hint of feeling now will be, if triggered properly.I hadn’t seen the movie in many years; not since youth, in fact. So reading this swept me into that childlike place of consciousness where everything is awash in wonder. Each piece of familiarity was somewhat cognizant, yes; I knew I had experienced these scenes before through the movie; but the feelings they evoked were wonderfully vague and surreal; awakening, reminding some part of my inner-self how the world seemed when newness and innocence ruled the day; an encompassing sense of past magic.The movie version is completed at the book’s halfway point, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise that that was when my captivation vanished. The book is very well written, and fantasy fans are sure to completely dig it; it’s a smart, engaging book with important themes. But its strong pull left me, and I was unable to continue in the same state of enthrallment and wonderment. Just like now, as an adult, I can never truly feel like a complete child again. I can only hope to get dashes of that former self, and can only do so in rare circumstances.But when I am gifted such magic, I will gladly take it and realize it for the priceless treasure that it surely is.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-05-20 07:51

    Die Unendliche Geschichte = The never ending story, Michael Ende تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و سوم ماه سپتامبر سال 2009 میلادیعنوان: 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 مآدمهائی وجود دارند که هرگز نمیتوانند به سرزمین رویاها بروندرمان خیال‌پردازی آلمانی است که توسط میشائل (میکائیل) انده نگاشته شده و در سال 1979 میلادی در آلمان انتشار یافته‌ است. تا کنون چندین فیلم از این داستان اقتباس شده‌ است. داستان کتاب در دنیای رؤیاها به وقوع می‌پیوندد. دنیای رؤیاها که به موازات دنیای حقیقی وجود دارد، در حال نابودی توسط هیچ است. نخستین قهرمان داستان پسری است، که از سوی ملکه مأموریت یافته‌ تا دنیای رؤیاها را نجات دهد. دومین قهرمان پسری از دنیای حقیقی است که کتابی را با همین نام در دست دارد، و داستان به تدریج برایش شکلی حقیقی به خود می‌گیرد. باستیان بالتازار بوکس با مردی ملاقات می‌کند که صاحب یک کتاب فروشی قدیمی است. او کتابی را از این کتاب فروشی می‌دزدد، شروع به مطالعه‌ اش میکند و به آرامی به بخشی از آن تبدیل می‌شود. داستان کتاب از آنجایی آغاز می‌شود که دنیای رؤیاها با خطری جدی مواجه شده‌ است. هیچ (پوچی) به آرامی همه جا را فرا می‌گیرد. ملکه ی بی‌آلایش که خود نیز به سختی بیمار است، جنگجویی به نام: آتریو، از نژاد سبز پوستان را برای پیدا کردن راه علاجی، به دنبال جستجوی بزرگ می‌فرستد. آتریو بسیار شجاع است و با وجود اینکه هم سن و سال باستیان است، همانند مردان فکر می‌کند. آتریو در جستجوی خود با شخصیت‌های گوناگونی همانند: مورلای کهنسال، دو کوتوله به نام‌های: اورگل و انگیووک، اویولالا، و همچنین یک اژدهای بخت به نام: فوخور، مواجه می‌شود. فوخور که آتریو او را از دام ایگرامولِ بی‌شمار نجات داده‌ است، تا پایان سفر به همراه آتریو میماند و کمکش می‌کند. در طول سفر آتریو متوجه می‌شود که برای نجات دنیای رؤیاها باید نام جدیدی به ملکه ی بی‌آلایش داده شود، و این کار تنها از عهده ی فرزند انسان برمی‌آید. باستیان با دادن نام «فرزند آفتاب»، به دنیای رؤیاها که تقریباً نابود شده‌ وارد میشود و ملکهٔ بی‌آلایش از او می‌خواهد تا دنیای رؤیاها را دوباره و با کمک تصور خویش بسازد. باستیان با کمک گردنبند آرین که به او قدرتی می‌دهد تا به وسیله ی آرزوهای خود هر آنچه را اراده می‌کند در سرزمین رؤیاها به انجام رساند، سرزمین رؤیاها را کاوش کرده، از میان گوپ، خلنگزار رنگ‌ها می‌گذرد، با گزائید جادوگر مبارزه می‌کند، و در طول این ماجراها با آتریو دوست می‌شود. اما به مرور زمان گزائید، باستیان را خام کرده او را وامیدارد تا رؤیای پادشاهی دنیای رؤیاها را در سر بپروراند، او تا آنجا پیش می‌رود، که در جنگی نابرابر به روی آتریو شمشیر کشیده، و او را زخمی می‌کند. هر بار که یکی از آرزوهای باستیان به حقیقت می‌پیونند، او یکی از خاطراتش را در دنیای حقیقی، فراموش و از یاد می‌برد. هنگامی که تقریباً خاطره‌ ای برایش باقی نمانده، به معنای راستین، مأموریتی که باید توسط آرین به انجام برساند پی می‌برد. آتریو و فوخور به کمک باستیان آمده، و سرانجام او موفق می‌شود که به دنیای حقیقی بازگردد. هنگامی که باستیان به دنیای حقیقی بازمی‌گردد، کتاب ناپدید شده‌ است. باستیان سعی می‌کند که با صاحب کتاب فروشی، آقای کورِآندر صحبت کرده توضیح دهد که کتاب چگونه ناپدید شده‌ است، و با تعجب درمی‌یابد که صاحب کتاب فروشی به داستان او علاقمند است. کتاب با این جملات پایان می‌یابد: «باستیان بالتازار بوکس، اگر اشتباه نکنم تو به بعضی‌ها راه ورود به سرزمین رؤیاها را نشان خواهی داد تا از آب چشمه ی زندگانی برای ما ارمغان بیاورند.» آقای کورآندر اشتباه نمی‌کرد؛ ولی این داستان دیگری است که بعدها بازگو خواهیم کرد. ا. شربیانی

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-06-09 07:43

    The Nothing is devouring Fantastica bit by bit and The Childlike Empress tasks Atreyu with stopping it. Meanwhile, holed up in his school's attic, Bastian Balthazar Bux reads a purlorned book and soon finds himself pulled into... The Neverending Story!Not too long ago, I bought my wife tickets to see the rerelease of The Dark Crystal in the theater and we got to talking about fantasy movies from the 1980s, which lead to rewatching The Neverending Story. Days after that, I found this book in the used bookstore I always go to and decided to give it a read.If you've ever seen the movie, the first 45% of the book is 99% of the movie, with the standard book to movie tweaks, expunged parts, etc. Fantastica was changed to Fantastia for the movie. Some of the creatures look different. Atreyu is green, Falkor looks more like a lion than a dog, and so on. Entire scenes are omitted and dialogue is shuffled around to other characters to make up the difference. I kept telling my wife "Most of the movie has happened. What the hell is going to be in the second half?"Well, the ending of the movie provides the hint. Once Bastian saves Fantastica, it's his responsibility to help rebuild it. Shit starts sliding downhill immediately after. Without going into it too much, absolute power corrupts absolutely and Bastian does what a lot of insecure people would do with godlike powers: abuses the shit out of it and becomes a raging dickhead. We all should have seen it coming. He stole a book in the first chapter! A book! He goes from being a relateable bookworm to an A-1 shitheel. After a bloody battle at the Ivory Tower, I wondered if Bastian could ever be redeemed.Sure enough, he could. The last 80 pages were about Bastian seeing the error of his ways and using what little wishes he had left to leave Fantastica and generally grow the fuck up. The reunion with his father was pretty sweet and his conversation with Coreander puts a bow on everything.Now that I've had time to digest thing, the book seems to partly be about coping with loss. Bastian and his father coping with his mother's death, and later, Bastian coping with losing everything the Childlike Empress gave him. It's also about taking responsibility for your actions and not being a chickenshit all the time. Bastian Balthazar Bux at the end of the book is almost totally different from the one at the beginning.I wound up enjoying the book quite a bit but, like Falkor's depiction, the movie and the book are totally different animals. The movie captured the adventurous bits without all the morals in the second half. Michael Ende definitely crafted something special here. I wonder how much was lost in translation, though. I had my doubts about the second half but it was all worth it in the end, if a little sappy. Four out of five stars.

  • Bradley
    2019-05-25 07:44

    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 be a staple of their diet.Now that I have a little girl, I'm just too anxious to start reading it to her. I really can't sit still. I keep picking up the book and going, "Is she old enough, yet? Is she? Is she?" Then I set down the book and tear out my metaphorical hair and let out a forlorn cry. Then I get a fantastic idea:I could just read it again, for myself!Then everything is right with the world again and I'm able to write a new review. This is easily one of my favorite tales, ever.An extra goodie: April had a great review that forced me to think and respond in (I hope) a comprehensible way. Check it out. April's Review

  • PopiTonja
    2019-06-14 02:46

    Beskrajno uzivanje!!!! Milion zvezdica!

  • Eric Allen
    2019-06-04 05:01

    The Neverending StoryBy Michael EndeA 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, many years later, it is still an old favorite that I remember fondly and hope, one day, to scare the everliving shit out of my own children with. The book, on the other hand, is something of a mess. First of all, many people were not aware that it even existed. Fewer people still realize that the extremely terrible Neverending Story II movie was actually part of the book. That's right, the same author that gave you The Neverending Story, ALSO gave you The Neverending Story II. Think on that for a minute and tell me your childhood isn't curled up in a little ball in the closet crying.The book was originally written in German, brought to you on the screen by a German director and crew, and only after the movie was so popular did the book get translated into a few more languages.The plot of The Neverending Story needs no summarizing for most people. It's a very basic telling of the hero's journey story archetype. What makes it so awesome and memorable, of course, is the world in which it takes place, and the fact that the villain was something more abstract than an actual, tangible foe that can be fought and defeated. The second half of the book focuses on the child Bastion, who is pulled into the book after giving the Childlike Empress her new name, which, by the way, people have been asking for years, because that kid is completely unintelligible in the movie. Her name is Moon Child. However, I believe that, for whatever reason, the name was translated literally, rather than left in the original German. Bastion must make his way back to the real world by making wishes, but for each wish he makes, he loses precious memories from his life. And it is only through the help of his friends Atreiyu and Falkor that he is able to return at all.The Good? The first half of the book is excellent. I absolutely love it. The movie stays extremely faithful to the source material. The world is imaginative, the hero is a bit of a blank slate, but likeable all the same, and a lot of the things that he goes through on his quest serve a dual purpose, to both be entertaining, and thought provoking. The use of an abstract concept, the Nothing, as the villain is where I think this part of the book really shines. It's very hard to give a concept weight as a character, but the author did an extraordinary job of bringing it, and all of the horror surrounding it, to life.The Bad? Where this book really falls apart is in the second half. You remember how excited you were to see Neverending Story II when it came out? I know I was. And boy was I disappointed. Well, the second half of the book is pretty much the same. They changed the story drastically to make it easier to make a movie out of it, because there really isn't much in the way of purpose or direction in it. There isn't a real goal, or reason for anything to be happening. Bastion just wanders around, makes wishes, and pretty much accidentally finds his way home again.This boring stretch of nothing happening is compounded by two things. The first is that the first half of the book is so clever, and awesome, and enjoyable, and when you get to the second half it's like running headlong into a brick wall. All of the awesome world, the awesome supporting characters, and even the hero of the story are simply gone, and you're left with only Bastion. And that leads in to the second thing. Bastion is an extraordinarily unlikeable character. It's hard to describe all of the things that make him unlikeable, because pretty much EVERYTHING about his character is annoying or offensive in some way. And after Atreiyu, who is not exactly the most interesting character, true, but a hell of a lot more likeable than Bastion, you feel the contrast all the more. When you actively dislike the person that a story is all about, the story itself is not enjoyable. What creates such things as tension, and drama, are emotional attachments to the characters. If you don't like the character, and don't care whether he succeeds or not, any story woven around him is, inevitably going to be terrible as well. And that is exactly what is wrong with the second half of the book. Bastion is so unlikeable as a character, that I just couldn't have cared less what he was doing, or why, and I certainly didn't care if he was going to succeed or not. You go from a relatively enjoyable protagonist in the first half, to someone who literally has not one single redeeming quality in him as the protagonist in the second half. The fact that there is no readily defined plot for him to participate in makes it even worse, because when there is no real storyline, all of the entertainment value in a story rests wholly upon the characters. The second half of this book is about a terrible, unlikeable character, doing basically nothing but wandering around the world and showing how terrible and unlikeable a character he is.Additionally, this book is not very well written. I'm going to give the author the benefit of the doubt and say that it's probably the translator being unable to convey the original German wording properly into English, and all of the little nuances of prose that make a well written book were lost in translation. But there is probably one thing that was definitely in the original German. The author keeps bringing up what sounds like a really awesome tangent to the story, and then saying, "But that's a different story and will not be spoken of here." Ok... WHY EVEN BRING IT UP IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! Oh my GOD is this annoying. He literally does it like forty times over the course of the book. It was cute once or twice, but it just gets more and more annoying with every time it happens.In conclusion, though The Neverending Story movie will always have a special place in my heart, the book it was based on is better left forgotten. I believe that a lot was lost in translation, when this book was adapted to English, but that can only account for so much. The first half of the book is very enjoyable, with a few odd quirks of writing that I found to be annoying, most of which probably resulted from English not being the original language that the book was written in. The second half of the book is terrible, following a thoroughly unlikeable character as he does absolutely nothing but display what an arrogant douchebag that he is for all the world to see. I do not recommend picking this book up, unfortunately. And if you do, I highly recommend that you only read the first half. The bad more than outweighs the good. Stick to the movie, and remember all the great times you had with it as a child. It's one of the few rare cases of the movie actually being better than the book. The movie, at least, knew exactly when to shut up, come to a conclusion, and wrap things up with a tidy little bow. I wish I could say the same for the book, but I can't. It gets two stars, which is probably one more than it deserves, but hey, nostalgia is a powerful thing. Check out my other reviews.

  • Sophia Triad
    2019-05-27 06:39

    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, dialogues, lonely Bastian, Arteiyu and Fantastica.Of course when I read it for first time, it was the Greek translation of the book. Now I have a daughter who is six years old and she loves fairytales, dragons, princesses and magic. She also adores stories that they never end. When they eventually do end, she finds ways to postpone the ending and to expand the story. She has a vivid imagination this kid :)So it is Christmas holidays, school holidays and this is the perfect opportunity to start a neverending story with her(in english this time). No school tomorrow. No need to sleep early. And so far she cannot have enough!

  • Frogy (Ivana)
    2019-06-11 04:43

    Realno ocena je 5000000*

  • FrancoSantos
    2019-06-03 06:50

    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...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 cada aventura -muy originales, por cierto- de Bastián y Atreyu. En algunas partes tuve ganas de soltar el libro, pararme y ponerme a aplaudir como un tonto. Pero no lo hice porque eso significaría tener que dejar de leerlo.En fin, es imprescindible tener La Historia Interminable en tu biblioteca. Fantasía del primer nivel.

  • Nikoleta
    2019-05-26 01:05

    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 φανταστική χώρα. Είναι λες και μονίμως βαδίζει πλάι πλαί με τον υπερρεαλισμό, πάντα στο τσακ πριν τον αγγίξει. Πραγματικά το όνομα «Ονειροφαντασία» είναι το καταλληλότερο για την αξιοθαύμαστη χώρα του.Η δεύτερη παρατήρηση είναι οι επαναλήψεις και οι καθυστερήσεις. Χίλιες δυο μέσα στο έργο… επεξηγήσεις, των επεξηγήσεων χωρίς λόγο οι οποίες απλώς παγώνουν την πλοκή. -Πρέπει να πας εκεί, αλλά πρώτα πρέπει να περάσεις από εκεί, εκεί και εκεί, και για να περάσεις από εκεί εκεί και εκεί πρώτα θα δεις αυτό αυτό και αυτό… - Και πως θα περάσω από εκεί και εκεί και εκεί και πως θα δω αυτό αυτό και αυτό; (εδώ έχουμε νέες εξηγήσεις… εξηγήσεις που κρατούν σελίδες με τρελές οδηγίες και αναλύσεις… στην πορεία βλέπουμε τον ήρωα να κάνει αυτά που ειπώθηκαν…)Θα προτιμούσα να μην υπάρχουν αυτές οι αναλύσεις, πέρα από το πάγωμα της πλοκής είναι λες και μονίμως προσπαθούσε να αναλύσει ένα όνειρο, ένα παραμύθι… μα γιατί; Άσε την περιπέτεια, την ονειρική εικόνα, να μιλήσει από μόνη της στο υποσυνείδητο του αναγνώστη μην το σπας προσπαθώντας να δώσεις λογική.Επίσης η ιστορία του Μπαστιάν με κούρασε, καθώς στο πρώτο σκέλος της ιστορίας τον παρακολουθούμε απλώς σε μόνιμη βάση να λέει «πεινάω, όχι δεν θα πάω σπίτι μου», «θέλω να πάω σπίτι μου αλλά όχι δεν θα πάω» αυτά! Ξανά και ξανά. Βρέθηκα να βαριέμαι και να επιλέγω να κάνω οτιδήποτε άλλο εκτός από το να παίρνω το βιβλίο.Όπως θα μαντέψατε η δεύτερη ανάγνωση δεν ήταν παρόμοια εμπειρία με την πρώτη και αυτό είναι το αξιοπερίεργο. Τι άλλαξε; Πιθανότατα να είναι θέμα διάθεσης, ίσως.Διστάζω να αλλάξω βαθμολογία και δεν θα το κάνω διότι πέρασα δέκα χρόνια να αγαπώ αυτό το βιβλίο και τώρα απλά λυπάμαι που χάλασα την σχέση μου μαζί του. Αυτά τα ολίγα.

  • Maureen
    2019-06-18 04:56

    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!

  • peiman-mir5 rezakhani
    2019-05-28 23:44

    ‎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 میکند‎داستانِ 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، تبدیل میکند... تنها امیدِ ملکه و ساکنینِ سرزمینِ فانتزیا، پسر بچه ای جنگجو به نامِ <آتریو> است... آتریو شکارچیِ بوفالوهایِ ارغوانی است و شجاعتش زبانزدِ ساکنینِ سرزمینِ فانتزیا، میباشد‎آتریو، سفری خطرناک را آغاز کرده تا بتواند برایِ ملکه درمانی پیدا کرده و هیچ را شکست داده و سرزمینِ فانتزیا را نجات دهد... موجودی ساخته شده از تاریکی که گرگی بزرگ و خطرناک، به نامِ <گمورک> است، نیز به دنبالِ آتریو است‎در مرحلهٔ نخست، آتریو باید به دیدنِ داناترین موجودِ سرزمین، به نامِ <مورلا> رفته که لاک پشتی بزرگ و پیر است... تا مورلا راهنمایی اش کند... امّا برای رسیدن به مورلا باید از باتلاقِ دلتنگی گذر کند.... در مسیرِ این سفر و مراحلِ خطرناک، <فالکور> اژدهایِ بخت، که بزرگ و سفید است، همراهِ آتریو است‎نکتهٔ داستان این است که باستیان خوانندهٔ این داستان، خود نیز جزئی از داستان میباشد و حضورش در مرحله به مرحلهٔ سفرِ آتریو، احساس میشود .... درکل باید بدانید که سرزمین فانتزیا یا همان سرزمینِ رویاها، دنیایِ وهم و خیالِ انسانهاست و هر تکه از آن و موجوداتِ این سرزمین، از خیال و آرزوهایِ انسانها ساخته شده است‎بهتر است خودتان این داستان را بخوانید و از سرانجامِ آن آگاه شوید... آیا آتریو و باستیان، میتوانند سرزمینِ رویاها و ملکهٔ آن را نجات دهند؟؟ باید بخوانید تا به پاسخِ این پرسش برسید**********************‎جمله ای زیبا از این کتاب:: انسانهایی که امید نداشته باشند، کنترل کردنِ آنها آسان تر است-------------------------------------------‎امیدوارم از خواندنِ این داستان، لذت ببرید‎<پیروز باشید و ایرانی>

  • Cri (PaperbacksandPizza)
    2019-06-10 23:50

    English/ItalianoFirst 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 empty and meaningless. If such things have not been part of your own experience, you probably won't understand what Bastian did next.”If you are reading my review, you haven’t read this book yet and you love fantasy books, then you have to read The Neverending Story by Michael Ende now. I could write pages and pages to praise this masterpiece, but I want to start saying this novel got me into reading. Before reading this book, I have only read a series and books for children (because I was, a child). After finished reading the series that actually got me into reading (if anyone was wondering which series is, it’s Fairy Oak by Elisabetta Gnone), I was depressed. Really. I didn’t read anything for two years, because of how shattered I was. But then I picked up this book and, oh, I’m so happy I did it. Basically it got me into reading again. When I finished it, I was literally sobbing and my entire mind wanted to read more. So that’s the story, guys. Now let’s begin with the actually review of the book.The plot: Bastian Balthazar Bux, a eleven-year-old boy who loves reading, one day, while he was running from bullies, entered in a bookstore. He noticed the book the owner of the bookstore was reading and, suddenly, he stole it from him. He went to school and started reading it. The title, The Neverending Story, was one of the things that made him desired the book so hard. The Neverending Story talks about an another world, Fantasica, where a plague is spreading rapidly, The Nothing. No one heard it before and, if someone won’t do anything, The Nothing will destroy Fantasica. This sounded like the kind of book I love: firstly full of fantasy elements, then I love when the book talks about a book and a has bookworm as main character, there is another world who is danger and only a hero can save it, there are amazing and fantasy characters. I’m so in.Speaking of the characters, here’s my favourites:Bastian: Basically he is the male version of me. Clumsy, podgy, always afraid and who loves reading so much. He begins reading The Neverending Story and it literally draws him into the book. It’s like he is beside Atreyu, while he is looking for the thing that will save Fantasica. (view spoiler)[In the second part of the book, right next he saved Fantasica, he, because of the wishes, becomes an another person: strong, brave, he isn’t afraid of anything anymore. The opposite of how he was before. In the course of the narration, he takes wrong decisions, betraying his friends and acknowledges of what he done just when it’s too late. He becomes quite a villain. In the first part, we can say, the villain is The Nothing, in the second, the villain is him. It’s such a unexpected and brilliant plot twist, damn. (hide spoiler)]Atreyu (one of my first crushes ever): He is a hunter and the one who the Childlike Empress relies on to save Fantasica. One of his best qualities are the courage, his loyalty, his tenacity and his strength. Falkor: The luckdragon who, with his positivity and perseverance, accompanies Atreyu in his journey. Luckdragons are full of hope that will never leave them, no matter what.In this novel occur a lot of characters, everyone, save a few, are all Fantasicans. I have never read about so many fantasy characters in a novel before. Chapter by chapter there are always more and all are different. It’s like there are stories within a story within the book I read. It sounds confusing, but it isn’t at all.This book can be divided in two parts: the first, where the main character is Atreyu and it continues with all his adventures, until Bastian saves Fantasica; from that moment until the end, the real protagonist is Bastian, who draws into the book and becomes himself a character of the book.Likes:• This book is a middle-grade, neverthless, its writing is gorgeous same as its characters, all original and well-developed.• It contains all the elements a fantasy book has to have and a lot more! • It can be read by everyone, it doesn’t matter if you are 11, or 20 or 45, you will enjoy it the same. • It’s a book who talks about books! Plus, Bastian is a bookworm.• Page by page, I was more and more amazed by the great author’s immagination: there were none cliches, every story was completely different from the previously ones.• Reading this book reminded me why I love reading so much. This book is so beautiful I can cry. • Have I said the characters??? I could talk about how awesome and well-written they are all day. • The inspiring and beautiful quotes it has, oh my.Dislikes:• I would love more of the Childlike Empress in the book.After reading the book, I despised the film so much (however, before I loved the film, so). The film shows only one half of the book, sadly. People who saw the film and liked it, the book is so much better. Seriously, GO READ IT.Italiano“Chi non ha mai versato, apertamente o in segreto, amare lacrime perché una storia meravigliosa era finita ed era venuto il momento di dire addio a tanti personaggi con i quali si erano vissute tante straordinarie avventure, a creature che si era imparato ad amare e ammirare, per le quali si era temuto e sperato e senza d'improvviso la vita pareva così vuota e priva di interesse.”Se stai leggendo la mia recensione, non hai ancora letto questo libro e ami i libri fantasy, allora devi leggere La Storia Infinita di Michael Ende adesso. Potrei scrivere pagine su pagine per elogiare questo capolavoro, ma voglio iniziare dicendo questo romanzo mi ha fatto appassionare alla lettura. Prima di leggere questo libro, avevo solo letto una saga per bambini (perché ero una bambina). Dopo aver finito la saga che in realtà mi ha fatto appassionare alla lettura (se qualcuno si stesse chiedendo che saga è, è Fairy Oak di Elisabetta Gnone), ero depressa. Sul serio. Non ho letto più niente per due anni, a causa di quanto ero devastata. Ma dopo ho preso questo libro e, oh, sono così contenta di averlo fatto. In pratica mi ha fatto appassionare alla lettura di nuovo. Quando l’ho finito, stavo letteralmente singhiozzando e volevo leggere di più con tutta me stessa. Ecco la storia, ragazzi. Ora incominciamo con la vera recensione.La trama: Bastiano Baldassare Bucci, un bambino di undici anni che ama leggere, un giorno, mentre stava scappando dai bulli, è entrato in una libreria. Ha notato il libro che il proprietario della libreria stava leggendo e, all’improvviso, lo ha sottratto a lui. E’ andato a scuola e ha iniziato a leggerlo. Il titolo, La Storia Infinita, è stata una delle cose che lo hanno fatto desiderare il libro così tanto. La Storia Infinita parla di un altro mondo, Fantasia, dove una piaga si sta diffondendo rapidamente, il Nulla. Nessuno ne ha mai sentito parlare e, e se qualcuno non farà qualcosa, il Nulla distruggerà Fantasia. Sembrava proprio il tipo di libro che amo: innanzitutto pieno di elementi fantastici, poi amo quando il libro parla di un libro e ha un topo di biblioteca come personaggio principale, c’è un altro mondo che è in pericolo e solo un eroe può salvarlo, ci sono personaggi fantastici e meravigliosi. Tutto ciò che adoro.Parlando dei personaggi, ecco i miei preferiti:Bastiano: In pratica lui è la mia versione maschile. Imbranato, grassottello, sempre spaventato e che ama tanto leggere. Inizia a leggere La Storia Infinita ed è letteralmente immerso nel libro. E’ come se fosse accanto ad Atreiu, mentre lui sta cercando la cosa che salverà Fantasia. (view spoiler)[Nella seconda parte del libro, proprio dopo che ha salvato Fantasia, lui, a causa dei desideri, diventa un’altra persona: forte, coraggiosa, non ha più paura di niente. L’opposto di come era prima. Nel corso della narrazione, prende decisioni sbagliate, tradendo i suoi amici e riconosce ciò che ha fatto solo quando è troppo tardi. Diventa quasi un cattivo. Nella prima parte, possiamo dire, il cattivo è il Nulla, nella seconda, il cattivo è lui. E’ davvero un punto di vista inaspettato e brillante, cavolo. (hide spoiler)]Atreiu (una delle mie prime cotte): E’ un cacciatore e colui al quale l’Infanta Imperatrice fa affidamento per salvare Fantasia. Le sue migliori qualità sono il coraggio, la lealtà, la sua tenacia e la sua sforza. Fucur: Il Fortunadrago che, con la sua positività e perseveranza, accompagna Atreiu nel suo viaggio. I Fortunadraghi sono pieni di speranza che non li lascerà mai, non importa cosa.In questo romanzo sono presenti molti personaggi, tutti, salvo alcuni, sono Fantasiani. Non ho mai letto di così tanti personaggi fantastici in un romanzo finora. Capitolo dopo capitolo c’è ne sono sempre di più e tutti diversi. E’ come se ci sono storie all’interno di una storia all’interno del libro che ho letto. Detto così sembra tu ti possa confondere, ma non è per niente così.Questo libro può essere diviso in due parti: la prima, dove il protagonista è Atreiu e continua con tutte le sue avventure, fino a che Bastiano salva Fantasia; da quel momento in poi fino alla fine, il vero protagonista è Bastiano, che si immerge nel libro e diventa lui stesso un personaggio del libro.Cose che mi sono piaciute:• Questo libro è un middle-grade, nonostante ciò, la sua scrittura è magnifica così come i suoi personaggi, tutti originali e ben sviluppati.• Contiene tutti gli elementi che un libro fantasy deve avere e molto di più! • Può essere letto da chiunque, non importa se hai 11, 20 o 45 anni, ti piacerà lo stesso. • E’ un libro che parla di libri! In più, Bastiano ama leggere.• Pagina dopo pagina, ero sempre più e più stupida dalla grande immaginazione dell’autore: non c’erano cliche, ogni storia era completamente diversa dalle precedenti.• Leggere questo libro mi ha ricordato perché amo leggere così tanto . Questo libro è così bello che potrei piangere. • Ho detto personaggi??? Potrei parlare di quanto siano meravigliosi e ben scritti tutto il giorno.• Le bellissime citazioni all’interno del libroda cui si può trarre ispirazione.Cose che non mi sono piaciute:• Avrei adorato vedere di più dell’Infanta Imperatrice nel libro.Dopo aver letto il libro, ho disprezzato il film così tanto (comunque, prima lo amavo). Il film mostra soltanto metà del libro, sfortunatamente. Le persone che hanno visto il film e a cui è piaciuto, il libro è molto meglio. Seriamente, LEGGETELO.

  • Pantelis
    2019-05-28 05:04

    A pilgrimage... To read and reread plenty of times throughout your life... Start early...

  • Blake Gafford
    2019-06-02 03:05

    ****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 imagination's picture is infinitely more living. Endlessly more powerful.And this is what is so wonderful about this book: Ende uses a subtle technique that encourages the reader to really try and imagine everything as vividly as they can. So often, we just read words and don't transform them into pictures. And Ende doesn't disappoint: If we do the work, he gives us a very rich world to run around in (And, masterfully, this is actually the plot of the book.)This book is at the top of my list because I now consider it a fundamental book on how to read books: it schools the imagination. Afterwards, you'll never read another book in the same way again. Here on out, books teem with new life. Themes are more thundering, characters begin breathing, and a grand evolution occurs: words become worlds.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-30 02:59

    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 deeply engraved in my heart and mind. Who has never dreamt of being a castaway in the school attic, with some food, some light, and a book that -literally - soaks you in?I still hear the loud cry when Bastian thinks he sees himself in the mirror that Atreju stares into. And I still hear him yell the name of the Empress: "Mondenkind", in German, probably Moonchild in English, in order to save that beautiful fantasy world from the big, dark nothing that is eating it as a result of children losing interest in storytelling.I read the book in German as a child and saw the movie later - and I was always annoyed by the fact that it ends halfway through! Bastian's adventures and his slow path to wisdom haven't even started yet at the end of the movie. Therefore I read it aloud to my children before letting them watch the movie, and I discovered so many layers in it that had escaped me as a child, and I enjoyed it even more. Especially Bastian's interpretation of the Auryn inscription ("Tu was du willst", in German - "Do what you want to do") has been helpful to me ever since. Bastian painfully learns the hard way that it is not about spontaneously following your own whims, but about reflecting on what your true wishes are. That makes total sense to me, and I try to consult my invisible Auryn medallion whenever I have to make important decisions!Now that my children are embarking on their second reading (hearing) of the story, they start talking about how the plot changes in their minds as they develop a more mature taste in literature. I find that incredibly valuable, and here I am myself, revisiting this childhood love again, and finding pleasure in writing about it.Apart from Astrid Lindgren, Michael Ende must be my favourite children's book author, and I like him just as much now as when I was little and dreamt of being locked into the school attic with a book that never ends and that has a place for me and the stories I want to tell myself!

  • Amber
    2019-05-25 00:47

    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 find out.I have seen this film when I was younger, but this was my first time reading the actual book. It is a very whimsical, enchanting adventure that flips between the adventure of the book and what the main character Bastien (how he reacts) as he is reading the book. I actually enjoyed reading this book. I wholeheartedly recommend reading the book first before viewing the Warner Brothers film as the film adaptation is only the first half of this book and you need to read the book to get the whole story. This is one of my favorite books I have read for 2016 and it was a magical adventure! Be sure to look for this book in either book or audiobook format at your local library and wherever books are sold.

  • Jules
    2019-06-12 07:51

    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.

  • Carmine
    2019-05-31 02:58

    Il nulla di fronte a voi, la fantasia in voi L'affabulazione fantastica diventa cartina tornasole di un'umanità messa al palo dall'incombente Nulla che fagocita sogni e speranze senza trovare resistenza di nessuna sorta.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 tremare dalla paura, ma soprattutto nella presa di coscienza di sé nei confronti del mondo: nessuno sfugge alla miriade di compromessi che la crescita ha in serbo, e diventa quasi normale crogiolarsi nella consapevolezza di essere nel giusto.Siamo noi i cattivi delle fiabe che leggevamo da piccoli; e ci siamo convinti che avremmo combattuto il male con tutte le nostre forze, immacolati nella nostra innocenza; che avremmo difeso deboli e innocenti per un bene più grande.I soliti ideali anelati in maniera piuttosto confusa, anche se l'impegno non è mai mancato, almeno fino a oggi.E non siamo riusciti nemmeno a difenderci da noi stessi.La Città degli Imperatori ci sta aspettando.Un meraviglioso viaggio non tanto sulla fantasia quanto sul coraggio di viverla per abbracciarne in maniera totalizzante l'eredità che può lasciare.

  • Corinne
    2019-06-15 02:00

    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 200 pages left in the book. I felt this "second" half, of Bastian being in Fantastica and finding his way back out, was creative but too much: too long, too many characters, too much plot to get to the author's point. It may have just been the fact that it was translated from German, but I found the text rather, for lack of a better word, "cheesy." For such a sophisticated "point" (that you can't really be who you are until you know how to love others) I felt like the writing was a bit juvenile, but again, I'm just going to chalk that up to translation - I'm sure it was different in German. I won't give the book to the thrift store though. That familiar bit of story is just as good now as it was then - and the end, when Bastian finds that happiness lies in loving others, is a great point, after all.

  • Wicked Incognito Now
    2019-05-26 03:47

    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 those that would deny the importance of an even balance between imagination and reality, how those lies are easily manipulated....yeah, this book has much to ponder, in fact, I think I need to read it again.The girls and I had many conversations about symbolism and it's use in literature. This author does much with the use of cycles and their natural progression in all life. Everything renews, everything follows its natural course. This novel is incredibly imaginative. It is never predictable, and constantly surprised me with its insightfulness.I will be thinking of many aspects presented within its pages for years to come...and I know my daughters will as well.

  • Laura
    2019-05-30 01:54

    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
    2019-05-22 04:05

    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 ricerca particolare ma anche la più ardua di tutte: la ricerca di se stessi, del proprio cuore, del proprio volere. È il libro che mi ha insegnato più di tutti gli altri messi insieme. È ricco di insegnamenti etici, morali, umani e tante altre riflessioni di vita. Il tutto mascherato da una favola per bambini, una favola che insegna a non smettere di sognare, di credere nell'impossibile, perché sono gli atteggiamenti come questo a distruggere il mondo pezzo per pezzo.Sorry if I used Italian, but I'm not able to explain as better as I did in my language the concept I wanted to explain. Still, incase you would like to know my opinion, just contact me.

  • Jonathan
    2019-06-08 04:47

    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 my stomach drop with such power I can still remember where I was, I can still see the room I lay in Wales on a winter holiday as it rained and sleeted outside. I think the mediocre film has done great harm to the way this book is perceived. I can't wait for when my son is old enough to read it, and I get to share it with him.

  • Daniel
    2019-06-11 08:07

    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 :)

  • Kristalia
    2019-06-04 00:43

    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 after the movie from 1984. I have watched that movie thousand times (actually, probably 11). Everytime it was on TV I watched it. And with my obsession with the movie, I bought the book as soon as I saw it. And I am honestly surprised at how much the movie deviated the book. Only half of the story was adapted and it was not so faithful to the original material, which is GREAT (the book is great I mean). And I cried because I couldn't find the book on my language. Luckily, the just release a new edition with wonderful cover and I'm now owner of this beautiful edition: “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.” I felt joy, sadness, my heart hurt so damn much for what the characters had to go through, and it hits harder when you notice the character's beginning of the change and it hurts because the character is losing himself, and the other one is desperately trying to save him.This book is just beautiful. A story of accepting that sometimes being who you are is what you need the most. You don't need to be beautiful, strong, fearless for someone to love you for who you are. It's an important lesson. I used to be overweight, and I thought no one would look at me twice and say "I want to go out with you". But, the more confident I felt, and the more I started caring about myself, I found out that as long as I felt confident and brave to go out with the friends of the friends, I noticed how much it helps - being yourself is important, but nothing will happen if you don't care about yourself. This is also a crisis main character, Bastian, needs to find out for himself. I was bullied in school for being overly emotional, and I got over it too. Bastian needs to learn that looks aren't important and that confidence comes as long as you believe in yourself. (And then I found out on time I had insulin resistance the whole time, which made so many problems for me. And now, I'm so damn happy because I'm glad I checked it out on time. And all my problems were solved with medicine. But that is another story and shall be told another time.) “You wish for something, you've wanted it for years, and you're sure you want it, as long as you know you can't have it. But if all at once it looks as though your wish might come true, you suddenly find yourself wishing you had never wished for any such thing.” And, the quote above, is the way I felt in my whole life. I wish for something, and when I find out it's possible, I want to run away. But I hold my ground and just... don't. This is a story about a fantasy world, a world filled with wonders, wishes, imagination and... lies. Because fantasy is what we believe is a lie. Fantasy is only imagination, and unlike sci-fi, will most likely NEVER, ever happen. But it's okay to imagine. It's wonderful to be creative, to think of new worlds, new species, new sorts of magic. It's what I love about fantasy.► STORY: Bastian is a 10 year old boy whose mother died and ever since then, his father and he had been estranged... Feeling alone, neglected and down for always managing to disappoint his father, Bastian escapes in his own imagination. Bullied for his weight, his spacing out, his imagination, it gets him even more depressed. And the imagination and books are the only safe harbor he has. One day he entered the tiny antique bookstore, trying to escape the bullies. After conversation with enigmatic shop manager, Koreander, he saw the mysterious book Koreander was reading - Neverending Story. And in spur of the moment, he decides to "borrow" it without asking and read it, hidden in the school atic, alone. Bastian then reads of world Fantasia which is being destroyed by THE NOTHING, a force which destroys everything on it's path. The Childlike Empress sends a hero on a quest to find a savior in form of a human child from a human world. And the hero chosen is no older than Bastian himself - Atreju, an orphan boy who is adopted by his whole tribe, called son of everyone, is sent to find the mysterious savior and the way to cure the Empress who is slowly dying because of the NOTHING. At the same time, a werewolf is hunting down Atreju... But the more Bastian reads, the more he finds out that this book is not an ordinary book... After all, the coincidences that happen while he is reading cannot be possible... Not unless Fantasia really exists, and the book is the portal to their world.► CHARACTERS: ◈ Bastianis a little, overweight boy who is extremely shy and very frail bookworm, uncertain in himself. Usually teased at school by his own teachers, by his classmates, and feeling like a burden to his own father, because they no longer talk so much after the death of his mother, he finds only his own imagination and imagination of writers as a comfort. Most of all, he wishes to be strong, powerful, handsome, wise, smart and certain of himself. ◈ Atreju/Atreyu is everything Bastian isn't - Atreju is his complete alter ego and everything Bastian strives to be. Like and unlike Bastian, Atreju is an orphan who lost his both parents after the buffalo killed them. But Atreju had something Bastian didn't - full support of people around him, even being named Atreju, meaning, son of all. While Bastien is indecisive, timid, fragile and shy, Atreju is confident, determined and he doesn't hesitate. He recognize the importance of the mission his Empress gives him and he never falters, even when the quest he is sent to is able to break even the strongest souls alive. Loss, wounds, fear... it all happens to Atreju but he struggles so hard to never give up, even when it hurts him so much he could just fall down and just not wake up. This boy is stronger in soul than anyone, but his soul is put to test with ever struggle he faces. It broke my heart to read all the hardships he was faced with and how he managed to deal with it. Atreju is very kind and very honorable, despite being so young. Bastian tries to imitate him through the book. No one knew better than Bastian what that meant. Even though his father was still alive and Atreyu had neither father nor mother. To make up for it, Atreyu had been brought up by all the men and women together and was the “son of all”, while Bastian had no one—and was really “nobody’s son”. All the same, Bastian was glad to have this much in common with Atreyu, because otherwise he resembled him hardly at all, neither physically nor in courage and determination. Yet Bastian, too, was engaged in a Great Quest and didn’t know where it would lead him or how it would end.◈ Fuchur/Falkor is the luck dragon, a being who is as honorable as it can be - which is a lot. He always helps, believes in others and does what is right. He developed beautiful friendship with Atreju, who saved him from death, and is faithful to him and would do anything for him as well. And so on and on... There are many characters in this book, but I have covered the three most important ones.► OVERALL: Wonderful and unforgettful book. Like I have never forgotten the movie, the book will stay in my memories forever (But i'll regularly repeat reading because Atreju is so damn worth it. The cutest green-color-skinned-hunter-kid with a long braid). I'll never forget him nor the world of Phantasien (Fantastica, Fantasia, whatever they translated it). For those who watched 1984 movie, it deviates from the book a lot, the movie is just short version of the first half of the book, with a somewhat original ending. If you pick it up because of the movie, you won't regret it. The world is beautiful, the idea is wonderful and captivating and so well done. And the messages are worth it. And this book has wonderful, rich and vivid world full of unique creatures, plants, sceneries, mythologies... everything!OTHER IMPORTANT INFO:⚠ Standalone: Yes.⚠ Point of View: Third POV, multiply characters.⚠ Cliffhanger: No.⚠ Triggers: None. ⚠ Love triangle: No, it's not love story of that kind at all.⚠ Angst: A bit...⚠ Supernatural: Yes.⚠ Explicit content: No.⚠ Ending type: (view spoiler)[HEA (hide spoiler)]⚠ Recommended: YES, with all my heart. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>