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The Neverending Story Hardcover – March 1, 1997
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Michael Ende's novel first came to my attention after I had seen the wonderful Warner Bros film in 1984. Just a teenager at the time, I sought out the book and read it. It was fantastic, a book I intended to keep for the rest of my life. But it was a yellowing, cheap paperback re-released off the back of the movie. So one day trawling through the catalogues at Amazon, it occurred to me to check out if the book was still in print. It was. And how.
When my copy arrived, I hadn't realised the effort that had been put into its print. The cover art is crisply reproduced with firm hardbacking, but the real surprise was to be found inside; the text is printed in alternating purple (for Bastian's story) and green (for the events within the storybook itself). It's one of those books you want to stick on the shelf and never touch again because you want to preserve its beauty, although well-thumbed books take on an appreciated beauty of their own. I love this book, I would've paid twice the price for it.
Hope you enjoy it as much.
NOTE: Michael Ende's novel is longer than the film, which was based only on the first half of the book. The translation is the original one by Ralph Manheim. For trivialists, Ende died in 1995, Manheim in 1992.
Great for children, as well as adults ages 10+ up!
"The Neverending Story" begins as Bastian Balthazar Bux, a fat little ten year old, picked on by his classmates and teachers, and ignored by his father, runs from the torments of his classmates one rainy November morning before school. Ducking into Mr. Coreander's vintage book store, Bastian suddenly finds himself in a state of mind that portends that he has come here for a reason. Following a brusque chat with Mr. Coreander, Bastian is drawn to a book the old man was perusing, titled "The Neverending Story," bearing a logo of two snakes in an ourobouros pattern. Grabbing the book and ditching school, Bastian hides in the school's attic and begins to read a book that will change his (and our) life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I grew up on the Neverending Story movie, so I was really excited to finally get my hands on the book and read the source material. And it was so good! At least, the first half. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Delta Stet
Still love it as much as when I read it as a child though it could be shortened. The end of the book reads like a Disney sequel, a little disappointing. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Kathryn J.
I didn't know this was a book, and felt dumb because of it. I'm already sucked into the book and I can't wait to watch the movie after reading it too. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Sarah L. Dickson
Saw the movie. Listened to the audiobook. Now I have the actual book. And, as is often the case, the book is much better than the movie.Published 1 month ago by PrimoWorks
This book will never get old to me, I loved this story as a child & just read it in my 20's and fell right back in love with it. So glad I purchased this book!Published 1 month ago by Autumn D. Dent