Het oneindige verhaal by Michael Ende

  • Started on: 2011-11-14
  • Finished on: 2011-11-15
  • Read in: Dutch
  • Rating: “*****”
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Children’s

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Review van Engelse pocket editie, later vervangen door deze editie.
When I was younger (elementary school) I must have borrowed Het Oneindige Verhaal (The Neverending Story) dozens of times. In my memory it was a beautiful hardcover edition, printed in red and blue ink (red for the world, blue for Fantastica). I have been looking for such an edition for years, but it is quite hard to find. Last weekend, when looking through the books at a second-hand shop, I found an English paperback copy. Even though it doesn’t have the two colors (instead the distinction is made by cursive and non-cursive). I couldn’t keep this book in the case too long, so I immediately (re-)read it.
And it is as good as I remember. I had forgotten some parts (the length of Bastian’s part of the story), and misremembered some (I though the Childlike Empress was a lot less nice than she was). But I love this book. I love the characters, the story, the morale, the simple writing. I need to have this in Dutch to so I can read it to my future children. And I need to see the movie again. Five out of five stars.