Neverending Story, The

Started Reading 15/12/2018

Finished Reading 18/12/2018

Read it here: The Neverending Story (English Edition)

This book was one of the earliest ones which I started. I wanted something lighter to help me finish this challenge. I was right in my assumption that the first two films were in the book. Albeit, the films have taken severe liberties — which is to be expected as a book nerd. As a language nerd, I love that each chapter begins with the next letter of the alphabet, so chapter 10, for example, begins with the letter J.

From a craft perspective, the book, she ( which as always, I will be using the pronoun, in this case feminine, which matches the native language, in this case German ) is amazing. From a reader perspective, she is frustrating in that, by her very nature, she is never-ending. She is full of passages coming to the effect of ‘so-and-so had many more adventures which will be in a later tale’ — Michael Ende never wrote those tales. In-world logic is that Atreyu fulfilled those tales. Out-world logic is that it opens the possibility of other authors writing those tales in a series called Legends of Fantastica. I, still, felt a bit frustrated because I knew that I would never know those tales. I, obviously, created those tales in my head instantaneously which is the point of the novel…to add to Fantastica…, and that frustrated me more because I fell into Herr Ende’s trap.

The biggest trap, and craft-tool is the description of the Childlike Empress. Most characters get a sentence, or two of description. The reader is left to fill in the gaps — again adding to Fantastica —, but the Empress is given a full paragraph. This creates a more empathic link with her, as a character, which plays into the development of the novel, as a craft-tool. In other words, Herr Ende does his job beautifully.

It is not a difficult read, but then again, with Les Miserables on the list, what is a difficult read? It was actually quite a fun read. I wanted to finish the book. I wanted to be a part of The Neverending Story, and, yes, I even cried out her name, and made a new one for my own Fantastica.

The other character that needs must mentioning is Dame Eyola. She is the one who made me cry. I made it through to the letter X before I cried. It was not a pretty cry, either. Herr Ende made an amazing, and loving character. I will not spoil this part for one, but read it simply for Dame Eyola, please. Dame Eyola, and Yikka are both my favourite characters. Yikka, on the other hand, is heart-breaking. All she, as a mule, wants is to have children. She has contented herself with carrying the Saviour — insert Christian reference —, but Bastian in his infinite horrors sends her away to have children. It breaks her heart to leave him, but she wants children, so she leaves.

I get the lesson here. Sometimes, a friend needs to leave in order to find himself/herself; however, Bastian could have done anything with her. He could have told a story where she could have had both. Why did he not? He is short-sighted: that is why.

In short, read this to find out where forgotten dreams go, why wishing is only half of a person’s life, why children need parents, why parents need children, and what happens if one gets all one ever wished to have beyond one’s true meaning.

Be safe. Be loved.

Do What You Wish. Tu was du willst.

 

-J.A. Victor Wilson

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