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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday (Feb. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038519093X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385190930
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 the Paperback edition.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
Momo is the only person in the world that can stand the influence of the grey men. Momo isa child with a special gift, and if you think there isn't anything special about knowing how to LISTEN, you are mightily wrong. This is a teriffic truth telling book about life in the modern world, and even if Ende uses magic to explain this, it doesn't mean there isn't truth in it. An enchanting read for children and adults alike.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul Hoffmann on 21 Nov. 1999
Format: Paperback
Personally, I always tend to be reluctant to admit as to which of the two books is best - both are fantastic. MOMO shows in a very good way what the world has come to - how TIME itself is (mis-)used by adults and the price it comes with.
Truly, a great book for both children *AND* adults, I can recommend this tome of wisdom as sincerely without doubts as I can recommend "The Neverending Story".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By VISA on 14 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in the original language, german, and I found it amazing! It's comparable with "le petit prince", and that's really something! I hope everyone who buys it will have the same joy as I had when reading it. But you should be warned: You might not get much sleep at night... You just wanna keep on reading...!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2001
Format: Paperback
The only question surrounding this book is whether or not it is as good as the Neverending Story, Michael Ende's second great fictional 'childrens' novel. As with the latter, Momo is simply astounding, encapsulating the same kind of personal, moving profundity within a work of delightful simplicity (in addition to the first of Ende's 'has to be read several times, it's that stunning' final chapters). Indeed, as to which is the better, only personal choice can decide: both are major modern - if little-known - philosophical works. I myself favour the Neverending Story, primarily because - especially with the hardback version - you really are reading the book being read by the boy in the book; it is a device which moves the object you are holding, as well as the story you are reading, into the realm of the fantastic. Momo, save the charming twist with Cassiopeia's shell in the last paragraph, is a more traditionally-formulated story - though of course that is not without its own implications, as anyone who empathises with Ende's unique philosophy would be keen to stress. Its great strength stems from its more explicit comment on the nature of 'modern' humanity: the men in grey are particularly relevant and unmistakable (as is the whole explanation of people's lack of time, a perfectly-formed allegory), next to which The Nothing can appear a rather vague concept.
Another translation of "Momo" also exists, under the title of "The Men in Grey". It would be interesting to compare the two; whilst this edition by J. Maxwell Brownjohn is near-perfect when the story's pace increases, the first few chapters were a bit too literally interpreted from the German, sometimes appearing odd and out-of-place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keita on 5 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read a copy I borrowed from a library and loved it (Michael Ende has an amazing imagination). But I was shocked to find that this version (which I ordered for my Dad's birthday) is in the original German, though it is not indicated on the website. So, unless you're fluent in German, don't make the same mistake as me and buy a version which you know is in English.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gypsyboy on 17 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
Wonderfully imaginative,simple and profound. A savage indictment of "modern assiduousness" and a voice in the dark for the endless and timeless possibilities of the imagination! Please read it!-I am looking forward to reading The Neverending Story now.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By s437227@gettysburg.edu on 10 April 2000
Format: Paperback
I had to read this book for my class in college, I thought it was only a fairy tale. Michael Ende was able to bring such important issues in our lives, through the lines of a book that applies to everyone. People are speeding and speeding their time only to realize how much are they loosing. I am only in college but this book had opened a lot of door to the world for me. It is a real thriller of present life, because everyone can see themselves in this true Master Creation of Michael Ende.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason Mills VINE VOICE on 28 Sept. 2010
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This is a lovely fable. Momo is a vagrant girl who settles in a ruined amphitheatre on the edge of a city. There her almost supernatural skill as a good-natured listener and hedge-therapist endears her to the locals, children and adults both. But then the men in grey move into the city, slyly persuading people to save time at all costs, time which the grey men themselves use to sustain their soulless lives. As the grown-ups rush around, their lives and those of their children become increasingly stressful and unhappy. Eventually it falls to Momo alone to confront the men in grey, though she is aided by Professor Hora, the keeper of time, and his prophetic tortoise Cassiopeia.

Warm and gripping throughout, the book has occasional passages of surpassing beauty, such as the imaginary seafaring adventure the children enjoy early on, and Momo's visit to the place where time comes from. Momo has to cope with the disappearance of all her friends and find a way past her loneliness to save them. The great climax glues one to the page: walking home with my nose buried in the book I went straight past my own house! - an outcome that would have pleased Momo immensely.
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