Sunday 5 May 2013

The Neverending Story - Michael Ende - Book Review

Title: The Neverending Story
Author: Michael Ende
Publisher: Dutton Children's Books
Publication Date: 1997 (1979)
Pages: 396
Format: Hardback
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Xmas Gift

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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 mysteries of his own heart.

Readers, too, can travel to the wonderous, unforgettable world of Fantastica if they will just turn the page...
(Goodreads Synopsis)

As I child and still as an adult, I loved the movie of The Neverending Story and finally got around to reading the book. I didn't get sucked into the story as much as I'd hoped, finding it a little too wordy in places, detracting from the magic and escapism. But it was still an enjoyable read and fun to revisit the characters I know from the film.

Fans of the film should find it a good read and also those new to the story who enjoy tales of fantastical characters and adventure.

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