The Neverending Story (German: Die unendliche Geschichte) is a fantasy novel by German Bastian bursts into the antiquarian book store of Carl Conrad Coreander, where he finds his interest held by a book called The Neverending Story. Read the book that inspired the classic coming-of-age film! From award-winning German author Michael Ende, The Neverending Story is a classic tale of one. The Neverending Story book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This epic work of the imagination has captured the hearts .

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Read the book that inspired the classic coming-of-age film before it's back onscreen in select theaters this September! From award-winning German author.. . The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. The Neverending Story (German: Die unendliche Geschichte) is a German fantasy The book centers on a boy, Bastian Balthazar Bux, neglected by his father.

The werewolf reveals as well that he is a servant of the Nothing who wishes to prevent the Empress's chosen hero from saving her; when the princess of the city discovered Gmork's treachery against the Empress, she imprisoned him and left him to starve to death.

When Atreyu announces that he is the hero Gmork has sought, the werewolf laughs and succumbs to death. However, upon being approached, Gmork's body instinctively seizes Atreyu's leg in his jaws. Falkor and Atreyu go to the Childlike Empress, who assures them that they have brought her rescuer to her; Bastian suspects that the Empress means him, but cannot bring himself to believe it.

When Bastian refuses to speak the new name, to prompt him into fulfilling his role as savior, the Empress herself locates the Old Man of Wandering Mountain, who possesses a book also entitled The Neverending Story, which the Empress demands he read aloud.

As he begins, Bastian is amazed to find the book he is reading is repeating itself, beginning once again whenever the Empress reaches the Old Man—only this time, the story includes Bastian's meeting with Coreander, his theft of the book, and all his actions in the attic.

Realizing that the story will repeat itself forever without his intervention, Bastian names the Empress 'Moon Child', and appears with her in Fantastica, where he restores its existence through his own imagination. For each wish, Bastian loses a memory of his life as a human, and some of his ability to leave Fantastica.

Unaware of this at first, Bastian goes through Fantastica, having adventures and telling stories, while losing his memories. In spite of the warnings of Atreyu and Bastian's other friends, Bastian uses AURYN to create monsters and dangers for himself to conquer, which causes some negative side effects for the rest of Fantastica.

After encountering the wicked sorceress Xayide, with the mysterious absence of the Childlike Empress Bastian decides to take over Fantastica for himself, but is stopped by Atreyu, whom Bastian grievously wounds in battle.

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Jan 01, Pages Middle Grade 10 and up download. Jul 20, Pages. Jan 01, Pages Middle Grade 10 and up. Mar 01, Pages Middle Grade 10 and up. And into this world — through the pages of an old book — ventures Bastian, a lonely boy of ten or twelve.

But Fantastica is slowly decaying, its Childlike Empress dying. Only a real human being can set things right by giving the Empress a new name. It is a fantasy adventure that will capture your heart — and recapture the magical dreams of childhood.

I will say Ende managed to reach a satisfying conclusion in the end, albeit by that point in the story I really didn't care whether Bastian returned to the human world or not since I'd long since really been bothered about him. Indeed Bastian's redemption is far quicker than his corruption, which is a shame since the redemption was beginning to be interesting and finally introduced back some element of danger since it was not certain that Bastian would actually make it back to the human world.

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A major problem I find upon rereading the novel is the philosophical inconsistency between the first and second parts of the book. In the first half we learn that Fantastica is the world of human fantasy, and must be continued by the creativity of humans in the form of giving new names to the Childlike Empress, and that this process is threatened by those who cheapen fantasies into lies and delusions.

In the second half however, we are told that Bastian must discover what he truly wishes for by carrying out many wishes and changing Fantastica in the process, but each wish destroys part of his memory and that if he loses all memory of the human world entirely he loses all purpose and indeed the ability to make more wishes.

The ethical position of a person needing to discover what they truly want is a quite reasonable one I wrote my undergraduate dissertation on that very subject and it is also reasonable to assume that a person who gets overcome by desires loses themselves and their purpose.

I do not however see a correspondence between the sort of fantasy found in literature, and determining what a person truly desires in their life.

It might be that Michael Ende equated fantasy as its worst critics do with wish fulfilment, that some sad loser usually male in a humdrum or purposeless life reads fantasy literature in order to live vicariously through characters being a great hero or adventurer or having romantic encounters they can't get in the rest of life.

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This however seems directly incorrect, since manifestly any good fantasy novel will be far closer to reality and will say as much about ourselves as anything else. Indeed the best rated fantasies are usually rated so precisely because of their realistic grounding of character and consistency, likewise a desire isn't fulfilled through fantasy but through actually working to acquire it in reality, meaning that the gap in definition between desires, i.

Of course it is entirely possible that both as a lover of fantastic literature, and as a philosophy graduate who has studied desire fulfilment I am reading far too much into this. Nevertheless it is this contradiction, as well as the writing style or digression of the book's second half that I found most disappointing, especially considering that what I wanted for the second half was more about the Nothing, the Childlike Empress and the nature of Fantastica.

It almost feels that Ende had two separate visions for novels, one about fantasy and one about wish fulfilment and purpose. The second of these could quite well have been set in our own world and didn't need Fantastica as a setting, and indeed seems to denigrate the entire concept of Fantastica because of it. The Neverending Story is undoubtedly a classic in many ways - unique world and philosophy, and some extremely nice concepts.

Nevertheless, it feels a distinctly flawed gem.

Had the whole book been of the quality of the first half I would gladly rate the book much more highly despite possible translation errors. As it is, this is likely the one occasion when I would break my own rule and recommend people watch the film before reading the book, since the film preserves much of what is best, and avoids what I felt were the worst aspects of the book.

And only if you really enjoy the film should you try Ende's original novel. This The Neverending Story book review was written by Dark. We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.

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The idea is phenomenal and the writing is just enthralling. Atreyu lands in the ruins of Spook City, the home of various wicked creatures. If you love fantasy novels and films or and loved the film you will really like this book.

As he uses the amulet to grant his wishes, he also loses his memory, his dreams, and his humanity. In stock online.

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