The Neverending Story

Hardcover, 396 pages

English language

Published Nov. 11, 1997 by Dutton Children's Books.

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5 stars (4 reviews)

This epic work of the imagination has captured the hearts of millions of readers worldwide since it was first published more than a decade ago. Its special story within a story is an irresistible invitation for readers to become part of the book itself. And now this modern classic and bibliophile's dream is available in hardcover again.

The story begins with a lonely boy named Bastian and the strange book that draws him into the beautiful but doomed world of Fantastica. Only a human can save this enchanted place by giving its ruler, the Childlike Empress, a new name. But the journey to her tower leads through lands of dragons, giants, monsters, and magic and once Bastian begins his quest, he may never return. As he is drawn deeper into Fantastica, he must find the courage to face unspeakable foes and the mysteries of his own heart.

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A fantastic book about a neverending story.

5 stars

A fantastic book about a fantastic book and the journey that Bastian Balthazar Bux undertakes with (and in) it.

Probably more people are familiar with the movies, especially the first one, but that only covers the initial journey Bastian unknowingly undertakes as he follows the adventures of Atreyu (and Falkor, the Luckdragon) in Fantastica, while being lead to the Childlike Empress who needs a new name to live; a name that only a human can give.

Conscious of his looks, Bastian is hesitant to do what the Childlike Empress needs. She resorts to her last option: a visit to the Old Man of Wandering Mountain and a retelling of the Neverending Story (in computer terms, an infinite, recursive loop) that can only be broken by an outside force: her new name which Bastian declares to be Moon Child.

Now in Fantastica, Bastian is given Moon Child's amulet, AURYN, with the …

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Ein alter Favorit, den ich jetzt meinem Kind vorgelesen habe, zufällig passend zur Adventszeit (das Buch endet am ersten Advent). Das habe ich früher schon einmal versucht aber jetzt war es wohl erst das richtige Alter. Die Abenteuergeschichte im ersten Teil und die Coming-of-Age-Story im zweiten sind auch immer noch unter den besten, die ich bis heute gelesen habe. Erstaunlich ist es, dass das Buch mir bisher in allen Lebensphasen etwas Neues eröffnet hat, ob als Kind, Jugendliche, junge Erwachsene oder jetzt als Mutter. Für mich war natürlich auch besonders schön zu sehen, wie mein eigenes Kind so gepackt wurde dass es teilweise die Zubettgehzeit vorverlegte, nur damit ich eine ganze Stunde vorlesen kann.

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