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Momo (Puffin Books) [Paperback]

Ende Michael
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29 Jan 2009 Puffin Books
At the edge of the city, in the ruins of an old amphitheatre, there lives a little homelss girl called Momo. Momo has a special talent which she uses to help all her friends who come to visit her. Then one day the sinister men in grey arrive and silently take over the city. Only Momo has the power to resist them, and with the help of Professor Hora and his strange tortoise, Cassiopeia, she travels beyond the boundaries of time to uncover their dark secrets.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (29 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3423109580
  • ISBN-13: 978-3423109581
  • ASIN: 0140317538
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 11 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,457 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.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your time is being stolen... 27 Jun 2000
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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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever! 14 Nov 2003
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Michael Ende has a talent for picking up slight shifts in societal norms and conveying them in a clear and insightful way (one has to remember that he wrote this in 1973!!). I read this book in the original German, and would recommend the same to others who understand German, since some things are lost in the translation. This is a book for all ages and is timeless in it's philosophical message. A must read for everyone. It is definately up there with Alice in Wonderland as far as classic books are concerned. It's message is desperately needed in a time like now, when people have less and less time to devote to the real joys in life...like friendship and family. I give it the highest recommendation.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!! 7 Dec 2010
A must for every child age 8 + and their parents!!! Such a wonderful book!!! Beautiful. Highly recommended! Read it myself as a child and keep passing it on to children now a days. They love it as well. And their families. Still! It's simply a classic!!
Fab literature for adults as well!!!! Makes you think about life - and what we all do with it. AN ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE! Go on, give it a chance!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Fairy Tale 17 Feb 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The power of receptive consciousness shall inherit the Earth in wonder...
This seems on surface to be a child's fable. It works as a child's fable but communicates profound wisdom as to the nature of time, of a receptivity of being, of identifying and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by BinRa
5.0 out of 5 stars True Parable
wonderful story. best kind as a parable reaching into our experience today.i have said what is necessary and do not wish to add more words.
Published 3 months ago by Sheila
4.0 out of 5 stars great story
read this book in German and am a little disappointed about the translation. However I guess the original language is always best. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Diana A.
5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter has not put it down
I loved this book as a youngster and thought to buy it for my daughter. She says she is enjoying it and is halfway through already. It arrived in very good condition and promptly
Published 6 months ago by EvaO
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story. Both a children's fairy tale and a devastating...
This book is as relevant today ( if not more so) as it was when it was written. As a children's story it works as a dark tale with a happy ending and a strong central character. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ar Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting rather than captivating
The German author, Michael Ende, 1929-1995, wrote fantasy and children's literature and is best known for his epic fantasy `The Neverending Story'. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dr R
5.0 out of 5 stars This is and always has been my favourite book.
There are few books that you will love and learn from both as a child and adult. I have been recommending this book to my friends since I was 14 and it has never let me down.
Published 10 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
Absolutely Brilliant. An excellent book for young and old - would be a lovely book to read to your child.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Marian Twomey
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly brilliant!
This is one of the best books I ever read - first, as a child (it was a Christmas gift mother, I immediately read it over the holidays). Read more
Published 13 months ago by Viktoria Gy Duda
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book and very good service from River City Books.
I read this book when I was a child, in Spanish, and I wanted to read it again in English.
I am very pleased with the customer service from River City Books, they have been... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nimeacuerdo
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