This story is very unlike The Neverending Story and Momo
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 12 years ago
For those of you who have followed my reviews in the past, you may remember that Michael Ende is one of my favorite authors. However, let me warn you that this story is very unlike The Neverending Story and Momo. It is really just a sequence of short stories; each sounding like a recap of a dream (as Ende writes, somewhere between awake and asleep.) The illustrations, though fascinating, make absolutely no sense in relation to most of the stories. However, it is interesting to point out that they were drawn by Edgar Karl Alfons Ende, Michael's father, who was a Germany surrealism painter. [...] Since it is impossible to provide a detailed overview without a super long blog summarizing all twenty nine different stories, I will briefly describe how it starts and how it ends. Story overview: We begin with Hor; a man who is unable to speak in anything other than a whisper. He lives in a house with endless rooms. The only windows are ones that open into the next room, which looks just the same as the former. He lives off a yellowish, slightly transparent substance that resides on the walls and columns. Hor claims to have kept a faithful record (I assume he means, mentally,) and then the following twenty eight stories unfold. When we come to the last story we find ourselves in a snow-covered plain. In the midst of the plain are the ruins of a wall. In the wall is a closed door. The peculiar thing is--other than a door appearing in a wall in the middle of nowhere--one can easily walk around to simply see the other side of the door. It is as if it only goes from one side of the wall to the other. Two sentries keep guard to prevent anyone from entering or leaving. That is, until one day when a young man, accompanied by a Princess--by her bidding--ventures inside. His mission is to find and destroy her evil brother that lives within, and this brother's name happens to be Hor. My thoughts: Very interesting stories. Deep, insightful, sometimes confusing, yet wonderfully intriguing. I particular liked the story of the man being guided across a desert only to end up an old man when he finally meets his fiancé, who sets out to find her fiancé not knowing it is him. The twist was that he too saw an old woman greet him before his adventure, which obviously was the same woman. Yes, I know, it is strange, which is why I do not suggest this for the modern "only" reader. It is very esoteric in a sophisticated sort of way, if that makes sense. In other words, do not pick this up for light and easy reading. Pick it up to be fascinated and confounded. If you find dreams interesting, than this book is for you. Things to consider: This is probably not appropriate for a younger audience. Aside from the fact that most modern youth would be bored by the third page, there are some adult themes here: a few references to nudity, some to sexual situations, and some slightly crude. There are also several disturbing scenes such as the man with a doll-like face who devou
A journey into mind
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 18 years ago
I read this years ago, now, and regret selling my copy. I am looking for another copy, to keep. I remember how the very final *word* in the book caught me by surprise, left me gasping for breath, although I suppose a more sophisticated reader would have seen it coming.The book is a series of vignettes through which a number of themes are woven. For me, the most important among these was the idea of people trapped in stasis by their own cowardice - unwilling to change for fear that all their effort up till now will have been wasted. Reading this book was instrumental in eventually breaking me out of a religious group I was involved in, although I did not realize it at the time.Have a read of this, and Edmund D Cohen's "The Mind of the Bible Believer".
a book full of great storys
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 21 years ago
In these days is a placer to read something that estimulate your imagination.M.Ende write a lot of storys without time and place,and we give them the reality.You can feel hapinnes,sadness,fear and pleasure,and you don't wan't to stop until the end.After you feel a little more person. It's great,It's magic.
A very good book
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 21 years ago
I read the book many times, and I know some of the stories from memory. The book has a very strong mood, and Ende's father's pictures are making it even more strong. Most of the stories are sad, and each of them is very thought-provoking. I recommend it for everybody, who likes Ende's other writings.
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