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Momo Hardcover – February, 1985

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Text: English, German (translation)

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Michael Ende was one of the most popular German authors of the 20th Century, captivating millions of children around the world with his fantasy stories. His most successful book, The NeverEnding Story (1979) has been translated into more than 30 languages, made into a hit movie in 1984, and remains a much-loved, international bestseller. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (February 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038519093X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385190930
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By MarianaP on December 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
I still have my first and only edition of this book, that I read before "The Never Ending Story" became famous and was turned into a film, making Michael Ende a recognizable name.
I love reading stories about beautiful princesses, but Momo is a princess of a different kind.
She's on her own, homeless and destitute, without a family or means of her own. Her magical power is not that of a lovely face and a providential Godmother, but the fact that she remains a lovely, giving person, uncorrupted by her misfortune and possesses a supernatural ability to listen to others. Reading the book you understand just how and why such an apparently small thing can be so life changing, more so than any "action".
The book is ostensibly about how time is subjective, about how people "save time" by doing as little as possible the very things that make life worth living - in order to have more time to do them later on, when one has "more time" for that sort of thing - only to get there and realize that it's too late, life has passed you by, and you've got no more time left to enjoy them any further, or any one to enjoy them with.
But the reason I read it time and again was because of Momo and her two best friends, the old man and the young man, who are so completely different from each other; The turtle Cassandra, the forest of clocks, the one hour flowers...I can't stress enough how much you need to buy this book.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Andrzej Sroka on April 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
First of all, I was in shock to find there are no reviews of "Momo". Really. A few minutes ago I checked "The Neverending Story" by the same author and there are several hundreds of them. Let me refer to that book before I move on to "Momo".

I saw the film based on "The Neverending Story" and like many wanted to read the novel. Even though I was just around 10 I immediately understood how worthless the movie was compared to that masterpiece. Yes, masterpiece of the same class as those telling stories of Alice, Winnie the Pooh or Peter Pan. Readable at every period of life, it reveals its secrets as you get older.

"Momo" is a book not a bit worse. It is much shorter but just as imaginative and intense.

Its title serves as the name of a strange little girl. She appears in a possibly Italian town wearing a too-big-for-her coat but noone can tell anything about her. She finds herself a place under a ruined amphitheatre and good, even though poor, people bring her food. Local children soon discover how precious a companion that skinny girl is.

Momo does not talk much. She mostly listens, yet thanks to her presence other children and even adults find wisdom, patience, creativity, compassion. For a group of cigarette-smoking, apparently invisible men this is not an acceptable situation. They want to make a deal with the town inhabitants. The transaction seems to be perfectly OK, a bargain even, but there is a catch in it which Momo will be able to see, so she must be taken out of the way.

I cannot reveal more of the plot. You have probably read or watched "The Neverending Story", that is what brought you here. If you want to immerse yourself once again in the vivid world of Michael Ende do it with Momo.

See what great adventure you have been waiting for.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I read Momo as a kid, and loved it. But it was not until I was an adult that I got the message behind this beautiful fantasy story for kids. I was shocked at how the novel was an allegory of modern times, of the loss of values, of how the meaning and joy of life get lost if you let yourself be carried away by ambition and haste. Modern society argues this is the right way to make use of your time--but is it? A book about chosing what you do with the time you have in your heart, written beautifully. Also, the character of Momo is absolutely magical. Great for anyone, any time, any place. HOW CAN IT BE OUT OF PRINT????
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Miyoung J on November 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Momo lives in the ruins of the ancient amphitheater alone. She is in rags and an orphan. Though she could stay there by the residents' help at first, she becomes indispensable to them more and more. That is because they get a solution or confidence while the residents are telling Momo about their stories. However, Momo does not do anything to them. She just listens to them with the utmost attention and sympathy. One day, the gray men suddenly appear in the city. They are people who work for the company called TimeSaving and steal time from the residents. Many residents who were happy are being changed by the gray men little by little into busy people who do not have time to enjoy themselves. After Momo finds out the reason that people are getting busy, Momo starts an adventure with the tortoise and Professor Hora to rescue the residents from the gray men.

This book is for an adult who is pressed for time. This book includes many valuable lessons and suggests a right direction of life to people. I could learn from this book how important listening to other people is, and I also could think about time I have and spend every day. Momo helps people to listen to themselves by talking to her. Even though I have tried to listen to other people, I would find myself telling more about things I wanted to say. This book makes people realize once again about the importance of listening. Like this book says, people live busily to pursue their happiness, but they tend to lose their happiness because of that. Even if people make lots of money, they could lose their important things and get unhappy. This book tells us that we should take care of people who are around us more and try to feel the change of seasons and appreciate our life. How to spend time that we have evenly is up to us. We can make us be pursued by time. In addition, this book is very exciting. The adventure that Momo shows to take back time from the gray men led me into the exciting and fantastic world.
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