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The Neverending Story (German: Die unendliche Geschichte) is a fantasy novel by German Bastian bursts into the antiquarian book store of Carl Conrad Coreander, where he finds his interest held by a book called The Neverending Story. Read the book that inspired the classic coming-of-age film! From award-winning German author Michael Ende, The Neverending Story is a classic tale of one. The Neverending Story book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This epic work of the imagination has captured the hearts .
The standard English translation, by Ralph Manheim, was first published in The novel was later adapted into several films.
Novel Edit The book centers on a boy, Bastian Balthazar Bux, neglected by his father after the death of Bastian's mother. In escape from some bullies, Bastian bursts into the antique book store of Carl Conrad Coreander, where he finds his interest held by a book called The Neverending Story.
Unable to resist, he steals the book and hides in his school's attic, where he begins to read. The story Bastian reads is set in the magical land of Fantastica, ruled by the benevolent and mysterious Childlike Empress. A great delegation has come to the Empress to seek her help against a formless entity called "The Nothing". The delegates are shocked when the Empress's physician, a centaur named Chiron, informs them that the Empress is dying, and has summoned a boy warrior named Atreyu, to find a cure.
At the advice of the giant tortoise Morla the Ancient One, Atreyu sets off in search of an invisible oracle, Uyulala, who may know the Empress's cure. In reaching her, he is aided by a luckdragon named Falkor, whom he rescues from the monster 'Ygramul the Many'.
By Uyulala, he is told that the only thing to save the Empress is a new name given to her by a human child, beyond Fantastica's borders. As Falkor and Atreyu search for the borders of Fantastica, in a confrontation with wind giants Atreyu is flung from Falkor's back, loses AURYN in the sea, and lands, injured, in ruins of Spook City, a home to various monsters and wicked creatures.
There, Atreyu finds the werewolf Gmork, chained and near death, who tells him that all the residents of the city have leapt voluntarily into the Nothing, to become lies and delusions in the human world, thanks to the irresistible pull of the destructive phenomenon.
The werewolf reveals as well that he is a servant of the Nothing who wishes to prevent the Empress's chosen hero from saving her; when the princess of the city discovered Gmork's treachery against the Empress, she imprisoned him and left him to starve to death.
When Atreyu announces that he is the hero Gmork has sought, the werewolf laughs and succumbs to death. However, upon being approached, Gmork's body instinctively seizes Atreyu's leg in his jaws.
Only a real human being can set things right by giving the Empress a new name. It is a fantasy adventure that will capture your heart — and recapture the magical dreams of childhood.
Read the book that inspired the classic coming-of-age film! From award-winning German author Michael Ende, The Neverending Story is a classic tale of one boy and the book that magically comes to life.
And when he realizes that this mysteriously enchanted world is in great danger, he also discovers that he is the one chosen to save it. Can Bastian overcome the barrier between reality and his imagination in order to save Fantastica?
Michael Ende was born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in After attending drama school from to , he worked variously as an actor, a writer of sketches and plays, a director of the Volkstheater in Munich, and a film critic… More about Michael Ende. Join Reader Rewards and earn your way to a free book! Join Reader Rewards and earn points when you download this book from your favorite retailer. Epic Fantasy Category: Hardcover —.
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