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.