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review 2017-03-30 23:56
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
The Neverending Story (A Puffin Book) - Michael Ende

 

 As part of the TBR Canine Jar Challenge, The Neverending Story was chosen by Thorin. He's in the lead so far.

 

 

 

The Never Ending Story is one of my favourite books from childhood, I read and re-read this book many times and also watched the movie over and over until the tape was basically unplayable. It's been a long time since I last read it and as my hubby bought me a new copy for Christmas I thought, why not? There's no time like the present. My childhood copy is now owned by my daughter along with my original copy of The Hobbit. No chance of me ever seeing those again.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-01-21 20:51
100% done with The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
The Neverending Story (A Puffin Book) - Michael Ende

 

I really want to watch the movies now, but I 'm scared to watch them in case they ruin the nostalgia and memories from watching them as a kid.

 

Time to get one of the dogs to pick my next read for the Canine TBR Jar Challenge

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review 2017-01-20 12:20
Der satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch von Michael Ende
Der satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch - Michael Ende,Regina Kehn

Worum geht es und wie war es?

 

Der Zauberrat Beelzebub Irrwitzer hat ein großes Problem: Er war in diesem Jahr nicht fies, mies und gemein genug. Er hat einfach sein Soll an Bösartigkeit nicht einhalten können und nun soll er am Altjahresabend alles nachholen. Aber ein Problem kommt ja selten allein und so kommt auch noch überraschend seine Tante Tyrannja Vamperl vorbei. Damit jedoch nicht genug, sowohl Irrwitzer als auch sein Tantchen Tyti sind stolze (oder sagen wir: eher weniger stolze) Haustierbesitzer. Kater Maurizio hat es sich beim Zauberrat gemütlich gemacht und der Rabe Jakob Krakel hat ein Dach über dem Kopf bei Tyrannja gefunden. Beide Tiere sind vom Geheimen Rat der Tiere beauftragt wurden, die Machenschaften von Herrchen und Frauchen zu überwachen und zu verhindern. Das ganze lief auch mehr oder weniger erfolgreich, aber der Zauberrat und seine Tante haben einen Plan: Sie wollen den satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch herstellen und damit auf einen Schlag all ihre bösen Taten des Jahres nachholen und ....

 

Mehr möchte ich nicht verraten. Das Buch solltet ihr schon alle selbst lesen. :-) 

 

Schon seit über einem Jahr haben mein Mann und ich als gemeinsames Vorleseprojekt den "satanarchäolügenialkohöllische Wunschpunsch" von Michael Ende am Wickel - genauer gesagt, seit Silvester 2015/16. Aber erst in diesem Jahr haben wir es beendet. Es kamen einfach so viele andere Bücher dazwischen. Wirklich eine Schande. 

DENN der lange Lesezeitraum sagt nichts über das Buch aus, wirklich! Uns beiden hat es richtig gut gefallen und immer wieder Freude gemacht. Vor allem auch die liebevollen Zeichnungen sind einerseits nett anzuschauen für Kinder, aber auch Erwachsene haben ihren Spaß (ich sag nur: das Büchernörgele!!!!). 

Michael Ende hat es wirklich gut verstanden, uns mit seinem Buch zu unterhalten. Immer wieder gibt es witzige, spannende und auch ein wenig traurige Momente. Ein Kinderbuch, das nicht ohne Grund zu einem Klassiker geworden ist!!!

 

Deshalb vergebe ich 5 von 5 Sternen und eine absolute Leseempfehlung!!

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text 2017-01-18 02:02
19/528 pages done with The Neverending Story
The Neverending Story (A Puffin Book) - Michael Ende

 

My next read from my TBR jar, chosen by Thorin

 

 

 

If you have never spent whole afternoons with burning ears and rumpled hair, forgetting the world around you over a book, forgetting cold and hunger--

 

If you have never read secretly under the bedclothes with a flashlight, because your father or mother or some other well-meaning person has switched off the lamp on the plausible ground that it was time to sleep because you had to get up so early--

 

If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you must take your leave of the characters with whom you have shared so many adventures, whom you have loved and admired, for whom you have hoped and feared, and without whose company life seems empty and meaningless--

 

If such things have not been part of your own experience, you probably won't understand what Bastian did next.”


Michael Ende, The Neverending Story

 

 

 

 

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