“Neglected by his father after the illness and death of his mother, ridiculed by his teachers, and teased by his classmates, Bastian Balthazar Bux is a sad little boy. While being chased by some bullies, Bastain ducks into an antique bookstore and happens upon an old man reading a curious book, The Neverending Story. Bastian feels an irresistible pull to the mysterious book and when the man steps away to take a phone call, Bastain takes the book and runs away with it.
Bastian ends up taking the book to school and hiding away in the attic to read it. Upon opening the book Bastian discovers the extraordinary world of Fantastica - a marvelous parallel universe full of all kinds of sensational beings. Fantastica is being slowly destroyed by a mysterious Nothing, and it will take the cleverness and bravery of two little boys to save it from ultimate annihilation.
Written by Michael Ende and originally published in German in 1979, The Neverending Story was translated into English by Ralph Manheim in 1983. Of course, I have seen the original movie hundreds of times - it was one of my favorites growing up - but the book is different enough from the movie to keep the reader interested in the plot twists and extended storyline. The movie covers only the first half of the book, and there is a lot packed in to the last 200 pages!
The Neverending Story is just as breathtaking as I imagined it would be. Despite a few little hiccups that could only be attributed to translation issues, I simply loved the story! The Neverending Story is wonderfully imaginative, full of scrumdiddlyumptious detail, and really, just a beautiful and captivating tale, perfect for fantasy fans of all ages. ”