Review: The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

 Book review | Het Oneindige Verhaal by Michael Ende | 4 stars

Het Oneindige Verhaal by Michael Ende

Original title: Die unendliche Geschichte
Illustrations: Roswitha Quadflieg
A. W. Sijthoff’s Uitgeversmaatschappij 1982
ISBN: 90 218 2823 5



As my copy of the book came without a synopsis, I took the English one from Goodreads.

The story begins with a lonely boy named Bastian and the strange book that draws him into the beautiful but doomed world of Fantastica. Only a human can save this enchanted place–by giving its ruler, the Childlike Empress, a new name. But the journey to her tower leads through lands of dragons, giants, monsters, and magic–and once Bastian begins his quest, he may never return. As he is drawn deeper into Fantastica, he must find the courage to face unspeakable foes and the mysteries of his own heart.

Readers, too, can travel to the wondrous, unforgettable world of Fantastica if they will just turn the page….

Bullet-point review


+ creative
+ the ending!
+ main character

– long-winded in places
– main character
– ‘that’s a story for another time’

Full Review

Most of you probably know The Neverending Story. I must say that I didn’t. I had picked this book up in a second hand store at one point because it looked fun. I had no idea the book I had picked up was the Dutch translation of The Neverending Story.

Throughout the book, the main character gets more and more nasty, which I suppose was part of the metaphor and goes splendidly with the story. But seriously, did that kid annoy me! The best part of the whole story was the ending, when the story circles back around and some great words are said about readers. If you don’t care for the rest of the book, at least read those last couple of pages!

From times, the book gets quite long-winded. Situations are discussed that have nothing to do with the main story, and will in no way be related to it, which bothers me. It makes me impatient. I just want to read this story, the one in which book I’m reading; I didn’t care for the millions of ‘that’s a story for another time’.


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  1. one of my favourite childhood reads!
    (reread it a couple of years ago and still really loved it. not sure if that’s because of all the memories or because it’s a good book though.. or maybe it’s both? I guess it has it’s problems, but they didn’t really bother me.)


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