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The Neverending Story Mass Market Paperback – 29 Jan 2009
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'A rich, enjoyable read... Succeeds by drawing in the most potent elements of fairytales, myth, and invented fantasy.' The Observer 'A trumpet blast for the imagination.' Sunday Times
Small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Through the pages of an old book he discovers a mysterious world of enchantment - but a world that is falling into decay. The great task of making things well again falls on Bastian and so begins a dazzling, magical adventure.See all Product description
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I went into this book with lots of fond memories and I was a bit apprehensive that reading it now would possibly spoil those memories, but I am glad to say that didn't happen. I enjoyed it just as much as I did as a child. I had forgotten how vivid and imaginative the world of Fantastica was. Even now I still felt the same wonder I had as a child at the possibility of being able to physically travel through the world within a book. I have to say, it felt a bit neverending once I moved into the second part of the book. The grown up me found the second half a bit of a slog and somewhat of a flop, just like the second movie.
Reading it for the first time as an adult, I picked up on many things that I had missed as a child. The hidden meanings and messages that had gone over the head of the younger me were there for the older me to dissect and ponder on. I remember as a child always getting frustrated when I was completely immersed in the story and then bam, up pops those dreaded words “But that is another story and shall be told another time.” I remember being desperate to know what became of those stories, I didn't want to move on until I had journeyed to the end of one story. The Adult me sees the cleverness behind the words, all stories are at their heart a neverending story, each could branch off into another, and another, and so on. There's a world of endless possibilities out there, stories waiting to be told.
It's fascinating that the film only looked at the first half of the book - what a lot they missed out on, particularly when it came to the whole purpose of the story. I know it would have been too much material for a single film (especially at 90 minutes), but still - shame.
Everyone is as great as I remember from the film - Fankor, Atreyu and the Childlike Empress are all there, and thankfully Bastian has far more of a character - and character arc - than he did in the movie.
Now that I have grown up I can still remember the story like the back of my hand, but with a few details missing in my mind. Instead of ordering the film to re-live the story, I decided to get the book instead. Since I had not read it I was unaware of how different this book is.
First off, the film only follows Atreu's journey within Fantasia (called Fantastica in this copy) which is covered through the first half of the book. Atreu's journey is so much better in the book and far more exciting. The world of Fantasia really comes alive through the people he meets and the different monsters he encounters (a great example being Ygramul the Many)
The second half of the book is where the adventure really began for me. It was almost like, when you finish a book and you want it to just keep going forever, this book actually managed to do that. You get to the point where the film ends but you still have half the book left to read... and what a journey it is.
The writing style is obviously aimed at young people and can be distracting at times, however this may be due to it being translated from German? Either case it doesn't take away the magic of this story. This is a true fairytale and is such a joyous read that will stretch your imagination to make you feel that you really are a part of the Neverending Story.
A must buy for fans of the film and of true fairytale adventures.
I am not really a reader but when I saw a book related to my favourite movie ever I was so made up I knew I just had to have it!
I wasn't sure whether to get a used item? but when I found out it was no longer produced and couldnt be bought new, I thought what the heck, it did say if not entirely satisfied could return, well this used item is going nowhere but stayin right here with me, its mine and I'm keeping it :)
I can see my nephews wanting to read it, they weren't around when the film was aired on tv, but i had it recorded on an old vhs and they were so enthralled with it, now 10 and 13 and they stil ask to watch it, not bad considering the competition of content out there.
So yes I bought 2 of the dvds, bein in uk I cannot find no.3 in region 2???
But hey I've now the book, 2 of the dvds and the 3rd well its on vhs and i ain't chuckin it til i can find dvd of it!!
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