Fantasy children’s novel The Neverending Story is being celebrated by Google on the 37th anniversary of its publication. The book-within-a-book topped the bestseller lists in author Michael Ende’s native Germany when it was released on 1 September 1979 and has gone on to sell tens of millions of copies world-wide. - From The Independent
Fantasy children’s novel The Neverending Story is being celebrated by Google on the 37th anniversary of its publication.
The enchanting story of the lonely boy Bastian Balthazar Bux who leaps into the pages of a book he finds in an antiques shop was lauded for its unique subversion of fairy tale norms and catapulted Ende into international renown.
On its publication, the book was praised for its alternative composition, which features two ongoing and differently coloured narratives and chapters that begin with a succeeding letter of the alphabet from A to Z.
Google marks the 41st anniversary of the discovery of 'Lucy', the name given to a collection of fossilised bones that once made up the skeleton of a hominid from the Australopithecus afarensis species, who lived in Ethiopia 3.2 million years ago Despite having collaborated with the film's script writer, Ende publicly lambasted the film, referring to it as "the revolting movie" during a press conference and demanded that his name was removed from the credits.
He also criticised the film's bare-chested, laser-shooting Sphinx statues, saying: "The Sphinxes are quite one of the biggest embarrassments of the film.