The Neverending Story

The Neverending Story

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In this classic fantasy novel from author Michael Ende, 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.
Edition: For use by disabled patrons only
Branch Call Number: END
Characteristics: 2 MP3 compact discs (ca. 13 hrs. 35 min.)
Additional Contributors: Doyle, Gerard
Manheim, Ralph 1907-1992

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joliebergman
Feb 17, 2015

The movie ruined this book for me – and by ruined I mean I enjoyed the movie more. Although the first half of the book was great (movie mirrored it very well – this was happy, familiar territory), the second half was an unwelcome surprise. Things got … weird … stringy … Freudian? – I’m not sure – maybe? Frankly I’m not sure what was really happening in the second half. And you know what, can we just cut out the second half of this story and keep the first half? Is there a book version of The Neverending Story like that? Please? I feel gross/disappointed/angry right now. Seriously.

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danielestes
Mar 03, 2013

*** Spoilers Ahead ***

For fans of the 1984 Wolfgang Peterson film that haven't read The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, the imaginative work the film is based on, learning the movie only accounts for the first half of the book can be a startling realization. For me, it was like discovering an authentic, not-quite-a-sequel continuation to one of my favorite childhood stories—sort of like unearthing a buried treasure you didn't know was hidden.

Unfortunately the second half is not nearly as good as the first, and other reviewers have said as much. Perhaps I'm biased since I was awed by the movie at such a young age, but I feel the producers were right to focus solely on the first part and end the movie just as Bastian enters Fantasia (or Fantastica, as it's named in the novel).

Thankfully, the book's conclusion redeems where the story lags. I recommend this one for fans of fantasy and YA novels.

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