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At the edge of the city, in the ruins of an old amphitheatre, there lives a little homelss girl called Momo. Momo has a special talent which she uses to help all her friends who come to visit her. Then one day the sinister men in grey arrive and silently take over the city. Only Momo has the power to resist them, and with the help of Professor Hora and his strange tortoise, Cassiopeia, she travels beyond the boundaries of time to uncover their dark secrets.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140317534
ISBN-10: 0140317538
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Puffin
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Feb-1985
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » This is a book for children but one which it is a privilege for adults to read. It describes the incursion into a previously happy town of sinister men in grey from the 'Timesaving Bank', who mouth 'time is money' and persuade people to save time in order to make money. Only Momo, a waifish child who can't count, can see through their deception. Review by JAY GRIFFITHS, author of 'Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time' (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » Fantasy treatment of the emptiness and futility of modern existence - in a glum, facile parable that first appeared (in Ende's native German) in 1973. Momo, a homeless and orphaned ragamuffin, comes to live in the ruined amphitheater at the edge of town, where the locals soon fall in love with her: she has a talent for listening to people and inspiring them, you see. Her special companions are Beppo, the slow, thoughtful, crippled roadsweeper, and Guido, the cheerful, tourist-gulling storyteller. But then, unnoticed, the town is occupied and controlled by agents of the Timesaving Bank, small gray men smoking small gray cigars. The gray men steal time: the time to chat with neighbors or visit friends, time for reflection or dreaming, etc.; people thereby lose their joy in life, becoming harried, anxious, and irritable. Still, the innocent and incorruptible Momo is proof against time-theft. So the gray men attempt to isolate her (Guido and Beppo succumb to their intrigues); and Momo must finally visit the distributors of all time, Dr. Hora and his talking tortoise Cassiopeia - in order to find out what the gray men are doing with all the time they've stolen. . . and how they may be defeated. Effortful, often grim stuff: the message gets across, but the magic of Ende's deservedly popular adventure The Neverending Story (1983) is missing. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Michael Ende

Michael Ende was one of the most popular German authors of the 20th Century, captivating millions of children around the world with his fantasy stories. His most successful book, The NeverEnding Story (1979) has been translated into more than 30 languages, made into a hit movie in 1984, and remains a much-loved, international bestseller.

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