The Neverending Story

The Neverending Story

Translator: Ralph Manheim

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140074314
  • 384 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • 18 and up


Unicorns, dragons, sprites, will-o’-the-wisps: the inhabitants of an enchanted world. And into this world – through the pages of an old book – ventures Bastian, a lonely boy of ten or twelve. But Fantastica is slowly decaying, its Childlike Empress dying. Only a real human being can set things right by giving the Empress a new name. Bastian takes up the challenge, and finds himself crossing the Swamps of Sadness and the Silver Mountains, meeting sorcerers and giants, bats and night-hobs, gnomes and racing snails, as he journeys bravely toward the Ivory Tower, Bastian’s quest is filled with all the wonders of myth and fairy tale. It is a fantasy adventure that will capture your heart – and recapture the magical dreams of childhood.


“An instantaneous leap into the magical … Energetic, innovative, and perceptive”
The Washington Post

“A rich, enjoyable read … Succeeds by drawing in the most potent elements of fairytale, myth, and invented fantasy.”
The Observer

“You might just get in touch with the child in you who clapped her hands for Tinker Bell.”

“A trumpet blast for the imagination.”
Sunday Times

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