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The Neverending Story

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Small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Then, through the pages of an ancient, mysterious book, he discovers the enchanted world of Fantastica, and only Bastian himself can save the fairy people who live there.

Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.

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Overview

Small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Then, through the pages of an ancient, mysterious book, he discovers the enchanted world of Fantastica, and only Bastian himself can save the fairy people who live there.

Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.

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"Gerard Doyle's performance grounds this new production of Ende's enduring fantasy about Bastian, a grieving boy whose life is changed by a stolen book." —-AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140386332
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Series: Firebird Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 38,603
  • Age range: 10 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.18 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Ende was born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in 1929. After attending drama school from 1948 to 1950, he worked variously as an actor, a writer of sketches and plays, a director of the Volkstheater in Munich, and a film critic for the Bavarian broadcasting company. His first novel for children, Jim Knopf and Lukas the Engine Driver, was published in Germany in 1960 to great popular and critical acclaim, and both radio and televsion series based on the Jim Knopf books were soon produced. In 1973 he published another award-winning children's novel, Momo. When The Neverending Story was first published in Germany in 1979 it immediately became the number-one bestseller arnd remained in that position for three years. It has since been published in many different languages all over the world, including Japanese, and has enchanted readers in each country in which it has appeared.

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  • Posted February 14, 2009

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    Was amazed to find that the movie only covered the first 1/3 of the book!!

    I loved this movie when I was a kid, so I bought both the DVD and the book for my son and I (when I bought the Princess Bride DVD and movie which my son loved.)<BR/><BR/>I was amazed to find that the movie only covered a small portion of the book. The rest of the book is still an adventure, that is deeply imaginative - creatively funny - and captivatingly ingenious.<BR/><BR/>I hate a book or movie that is predictable, and this book was far from it. And yet it tied most of the loose ends with a little bow. The other loose ends are another story, and will be talked about another time =)

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

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    Better left Unread!

    I purchased this book with a feeling of nostalgia for a cheesy movie I loved when I was a kid. What a mistake! The Neverending Story is a story within a story that left me cold. What was the author thinking? The first part of the book follows the path of Atreyu as he seeks a cure for the Childlike Empress. The second half of the book is about Bastian and his journey through Fantastica. Bastian is brought into the world after giving the Empress a hideous name; Moon Child. He then is trapped inside trading his memories for wishes. He is heralded as the Savior ( not sure what the author was trying to say here)but soon turns evil as he loses every part of himself. He barely makes it out alive and that is all I want to say about this pointless book.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2007

    Surprisingly Good

    I picked up this book from the local library, not expecting it to be any good after having seen the movie. Yet I was pleasantly shocked to find that, unlike the movie, it is a psychological adventure with deep, mature themes. Excellent fantasy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

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    A Fantastical Adventure

    Well, first off I must say that I enjoyed the first half of the book more. This is not to say the second half was no good, just that it was not as exciting. Atreyu was a pathfinder on an quest&#160; to save Fantastica while Bastian, whether he knew it or not, was a lost boy with a great deal of imagination and power.&#160; There is an urgency to Atreyu's story which is missing in Bastian's wanderings. If you do not know the story, Bastian's travels will appear simply like aimless meandering until the mystery of his disappearing memories is explained.

    Still, there are many reasons to love this book. The first is as explained by Bastian is the idea of a story that never ends. Anyone with a passion for books will have at one time or another grieved the ending of a wonderful story. Saying goodbye to a character with whom you have shared many adventures can be as difficult as saying farewell to a beloved friend. But alas, the story does end and we have to bid adieu to Atreyu, Falkor and Bastian. At least for the time being.

    The second is Fantastica's strange and wondrous denizens. As the story unfolds, you find familiar creatures such as witches, ghosts, vampires, elves, dwarves, centaurs and more. But there are also many more less recognizable like the rock chewers, wind giants, headfooters, four-quarter trolls, blondycats and others. There seems to be no limits to the writer's imagination.

    And last but not least, The Neverending Story is also a story about love and responsibility.&#160; Either loving yourself or learning to love others. We learn by watching what Bastian goes through in Fantastica. His actions at the end of the tale is a reflection of what he has learned in his time there.

    I'm glad I didn't miss this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2007

    My Favourite Book

    Michael Ende isn't very famous. But, his books are some of the best that I have read in my entire life. I highly recommend it to any who loves books. Even my grand-daughter loved the book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2014

    Ugh. Reading this book has ruined the much loved movie favorite

    Ugh. Reading this book has ruined the much loved movie favorite from my childhood. Ende is a great writer, as I saw in Momo, but this book just seemed to drag on. It WAS neverending! In fact, I just about gave up on it, which is against my code of reading ethics.




    I don't even want to write any more of the review, I just want to put the book behind me and never look back. I hope that this really didn't ruin the movie for me, because I really did love it, and my kids were just starting to get in to it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2011

    absolutley the best book ever written

    every inch of this book is layered with pure imagination adventure and suspence. it is one of the best books every made due to skillful writing and one of the very best covers on the market. this book was humorous and talked of loyal friendships and the hardships of a young boy who found peace inside a magical world called fantastica,the most amazing place ever full of inventive and completley original topics and ideas . every aspect is perfect anyone who can should really read this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    Not bad

    Having trouble reading it after Bastion gets an army. Till this point its easy to identify with the characters but after a point I am wanting to watch the movies over it.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

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    My Favorite Book

    As most people that read this book, it started with nostalgia from the movie. As soon as I learned it was a book I had to read it.
    It is indescribably better than the movie. I actually can't watch the movie anymore-after reading the book I can only think of how bad the movie is in comparison.
    The characters in the book are much more complex and captivating. Even though it is typically thought of as a children's, it can easily be enjoyed by all. The events in the book all have deeper meaning than just simple lessons.
    Some reviewers have commented on the length of this book. I honestly read it in 1-2 days because I could not put it down. What one may be familiar with from the movie will not prepare you for this fantastic story!

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

    Never wanted to stop reading

    The book center's on a boy, Bastian Bux, who is neglected and abandoned by his father and is bullied by his schoolmates. While running from some of them, Bastian bursts into the antique book store of Carl Coreander. Bastian steals a book from the store called "The Never ending Story" which Carl has been reading, he hides in his school's attic, where he continues to read the book through the rest of the day and night, not realizing he has actually become apart of it.
    I enjoyed reading this book because the description in the book is realistic. If you like fairytales and have a good imagination, you would like reading this book. It is a good book for your children to read.

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  • Posted February 1, 2009

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    I've seen the movie numerous times, but I had never read the book.

    I can say that the movie follows the book extremely well, except the movie is only the first third of the book. Bastian's story continues with his wishes recreating the world of Fantastica. He learns much about himself and his place in his world. The adventures he has in Fantastica are as incredible as Atreyu's and the world Ende created is absorbing. The book is as addictive to the reader as 'The Neverending Story' is to Bastian.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    The Neverending Story, book not movie

    If you liked the first movie and the second movie then you must read this book. The third movie had NOTHING to do with this book. The book and movies match somewhat. With this said the book is MUCH better than the movies and I thought the movies were great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    when they titled it the neverending story, they meant it.

    i never thought i'd finish this book. i thought it would go on forever. i hate how every other word or name is completely made up, and the story sounds like he wrote it on the spot and made it up as he went along without editing a thing. i found out my favorite band Atreyu got their name from a character in this book. thats the only reason i read it. and honestlly, if i would have known what it was about, i wouldnt have read it.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2008

    Ugh, Truly N-e-v-e-r-e-n-d-i-n-g!!!

    Okay, I loved this movie. And I looked and looked for the book, and had given up since it was nowhere. Then one day, our bookstore had ONE on the shelf. And I bought it. If you read this you'll realize that the movie only covers half the book. And I can see why. Once Bastian saves Fantastica, you're only halfway through. And the rest is boring and senseless. I couldn't finish it. I've started Left Behind, and can't put it down!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007

    Great book

    I read this book over and over agin I love it from the start to the end I have read it many times and still loved it. I saw the movie when i was a young child and i fell in love. You will love this book get it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2005

    Great book!

    This book u must read,I've borrowed it from the libary and I didn't want to return this book at all.This book gets REALLY GOOD around page 40,I couldn't even put this book down.And when I finshed i didn't want the book to end.Disappointed that there is no Neverending story 2 or 3 written in English.But you have to read this book!Buy it !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2005

    A fan from Hong Kong.

    I saw the movie, The Neverending Story, in Hong Kong when I was a little girl still living in an orphanage. I'm adopted by a great set of parents who live in the America. To this day, the story is still one of my favorites. I have read the book in different editions through out the years. And still, I am captured, again and again, in Michael Ende's magical world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2005

    Please Read this Insight into the World of Good Fantasy Books

    There are two types of fantasy books. The first type is the modern type-fantasy novels with characters, a plot and an ending. The second type includes this book (THE NEVERENDING STORY) and books such as THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, by C.S. Lewis, and the ALICE books, by Lewis Carroll. These books have plots, but they are hidden by many random, slighty pointless, yet fantastic events. The authors of these sorts of books had many crazy ideas, and basically they put all the ideas together to create a wonderful story which is truly neverending. Books aren't written this way anymore, but if you are tired of reading your basic, modern fantasy novel, you might try reading this book-THE NEVERENDING STORY, because it is a fantastic classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2005

    A tale of magic and friendship

    The magical world of Fantastica becomes very real for Bastian Balthazar Bux in this book. It is a world he can escape to, a world he has friends in. Follow along as he tries to overcome the barrier between reality and imagination, and tries to right all of the wrongs of his new found second home. Still an entertaining read to this day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2005

    Didn't Take me as Long as it Said

    Michael Ende is not a widely known author, but he should be. 'The Neverending Story' is one of my favorite books. After watching the movie, I went directly to the book. What astonished me most is that the movie only covered half of the diverse world that Ende created. I was so enveloped in this book that it took me only a couple weeks to finish it, which, ironically, is a lot shorter than neverending. Another pun I saw is that Michael's last name is the exact opposite of what his book portrays.

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