The Neverending Story | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Alexander Stille

This literature criticism consists of approximately 1 page of analysis & critique of The Neverending Story.
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Critical Essay by Alexander Stille

Although Michael Ende wrote "The Neverending Story" as a children's book, it became a nationwide best seller in West Germany and a bible of the peace movement there. Its success is particularly strange because the book travels to an imaginary land and has virtually no political content. It's as if "The Hobbit" had become the rallying cry of the SDS…. (p. 112)

In the first half of the book, Fantastica is a conventional, even saccharine fairyland with the usual cast of princesses, gnomes and dragons. But the book comes to life when Bastian enters the story, ingeniously playing on the relation between imagination and reality. Ende has attempted an ambitious, if not always successful, mix of modernism and children's literature: Pirandello turned loose in Disneyland.

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