Michael Ende’s THE NEVERENDING STORY (GERMAN: Die unendliche Geschichte) tells a tale of forbidden desires, unlikely adventures and enduring friendships. Its universal themes continually remind us that our memories (good or bad) are necessary to build our towers of dreams. An unputdownable narrative that presents man’s self-serving nature and the price he has to pay.
It is a novel that clearly brings us to the universal truth about our selfish nature, and our continuous desires to be good again – thus, a never ending story.
I never thought I’d love this book, as much as I loved LOTR and the Harry Potter series. This one needs to be re-read, at least once a year!
I recommend this book to parents and to young readers who are exploring hidden treasures in Young Adult fantasy fictions. If my father is still with us, he’d read this book over and over again. This 1979 novel is as good as what we have in our YA contemporary bookshelves, if not better.
And yes, this is far more reaching than Wolfgang Petersen’s 1984 adaptation. Can’t wait for the Warner Bro’s re-boot in 2014.
Read it! Read it!