REVIEW ☆ Momo By Michael Ende

CHARACTERS Momo By Michael Ende

REVIEW ☆ Momo By Michael Ende ✓ Eine gespenstische Gesellschaft grauer Herren ist am Werk und veranlasst immer mehr Menschen Zeit zu sparen Aber in Wirklichkeit betrügen sie die Menschen um diese ersparte Zeit Als die Not am größten ist und die Welt ihnen schon endgültig zu gehören scheint entschließt sich Meister Hora der geheimnisvolle VerLt steht still und Momo die struppige kleine Heldin der Geschichte kämpft ganz allein mit nichts als einer Blume in der Hand und einer Schildkröte unter dem Arm gegen das riesige Heer der grauen Herren. Our time is stolen; or perhaps accurately we mortgage it away thinking we're getting a bargain when in fact we're screwing ourselves overMystery and Melancholy on a Street Giorgio de Chirico


Ist und die Welt ihnen schon endgültig zu gehören scheint entschließt sich Meister Hora der geheimnisvolle Verwalter der Zeit zum Eingreifen Doch dazu braucht er die Hilfe eines Menschenkindes Die We. Dear friendsDo you have time to sit down for a moment and listen to a story It is a true one of great importance with a vital message for humankind It starts in a classroom where a teacher is about to wrap up for the day She has put a lot of time into the Timesaving Bank and wants to save some of it by rushing off to the underground to catch the next train That makes at least four minutes which she will not have to spend waiting Heaven forbid 4 minutes to put into the Timesaving BankJust when she is about to rush out already wearing her coat some of her mentor students come in There has been a conflict They want to tell her their different versions The teacher sighs sacrifices her valuable time out of a reluctant sense of duty and lets go of the next underground uite unwillingly What follows is a 40 minute conversation between five teenage boys all describing the development of the fight from their point of view Having been assigned to do unspecified online research in a class they find themselves bored and start to tease each other After a while it is not funny any someone gets hurt tries to pay back with a spiteful comment and the whole thing gets out of control This is not what the teacher hears first of course The last comment in class is the first that is reported He said But you did uncovering of the drama in backwards slow motionAfter 40 minutes of intensive listening and peeling the onion a solution is found apologies are accepted and all leave to go home One student gets into new trouble with his timesaving mother who had to wait for him and lost an entire 60 minute investment in the Timesaving Bank Peacekeeping is expensiveChange of scenes The teacher enters her own home late Her children hang out in the living room reading In order to vent the stress caused by the lost time the teacher now transformed into a mother retells the whole story again with all the strange tosses and turns before the truth is revealedHer eldest son looks up smiles and saysWhy don't you ask Momo mumThat uestion has a familiar ring to it It is a uote from a long ago favourite The mother confused looks at the title of the book the son is reading and sees the cover of Michael Ende's perfect fairytale The 14 year old is rereading the story that he had loved to listen to as a small child a story of such power that it gains strength every time you enter itA story of a child who teaches grown ups a lessonWhy don't you ask Momo mum My son is teaching me a lessonIn an amphitheatre outside a big city the girl Momo lives and assembles her friends She has a rare gift she can listen This gift helps people talk and solve problems come to terms with misunderstandings and find back to a friendly way with each others The city however is in danger Grey men have taken over encouraging people to save time They put new structures in place to make things faster and efficient But at the same time something is lost the appreciation of life lived for the moment Education is turned into mindless infotainment with standardised rulesAll the games were selected for them by supervisors and had to have some useful educational purpose The children learned these new games but unlearned something else in the process they forgot to be happy how to take pleasure in little things and last but not least how to dreamIn the grown up world hate and mistrust enter the stageAll the world's misfortunes stemmed from the countless untruths both deliberate and unintentional which people told because of haste or carelessnessWhat is to be done The little girl Momo sets out to save the world by reconuering timeIf you think this sounds like a boring philosophical read for children think again It is one of the most compellingly exciting stories imaginable capturing a teenage boy who already knew the plot so completely that he forgot time and place to finish it in one session yesterday It is so touching that he came down to breakfast today and said that he had actually cried addingAnd that has not happened in many years mum not since I read Good Night Mr Tom Maybe you should read it with your classI don't have time for thatMumWe don't have a copy in EnglishYes we do In the school library You bought it yourselfDid ISo my students will not do standardised peer collaboration games for mentor time from now on They will sit in a circle pretending it is an amphitheatre and they will listen to their teacher read MomoTime is life itself and life resides in the human heartAnd since we have plenty of time we will continue with The Neverending Story another masterpiece by the same author It will take a while but I can't think of time better invested What a waste of life to save time

Michael Ende ã 1 REVIEW

Momo By Michael EnEine gespenstische Gesellschaft grauer Herren ist am Werk und veranlasst immer mehr Menschen Zeit zu sparen Aber in Wirklichkeit betrügen sie die Menschen um diese ersparte Zeit Als die Not am größten. Manny was working late one evening when he received an unexpected visitor He was an old man with white hair and gold rimmed glasses curiously dressed in a lace embroidered doublet and a periwig and he was carrying a bookGreetings said the visitor I think you should read thisWhat is it asked Manny irritably People were always asking him to read things I don't really have time right now I need to get this software problem fixed for tomorrow And then I have an article to write and a dozen emails to answer and some insurance paperwork I've been putting off for too long I'm very busy How did you get in anywayIt definitely sounds like you should read Momo said the old man ignoring Manny's uestion I am uite concerned about you Here take a lookManny flicked through it briefly and sighed It's some kind of YA fantasy novel right he said If that is what you want to call it replied the visitorBut I don't read YA said Manny All my friends know thatWhy not asked the visitorWell I'm too old for it said Manny as he studied the error message his laptop was showing him I find it painfully unsophisticated and badly written It never gives me anythingPerhaps you should become younger said the visitor It's uite easy you knowReally said Manny in a dismissive tone But something made him glance up from his screen and he saw to his surprise that the visitor was no longer an old man In fact he almost looked like a childYou see said the visitor Now here's what you need to do Just learn German At first you'll be a helpless infant and you won't be able to read at all Soon though you'll find you're four or five and enjoying stories When you're about ten you'll be ready for this I'll come back when you've finishedYou must be joking said Manny who was looking at his screen again Didn't I just tell you I was very busy He turned around but found his visitor had disappeared All that was left was a large pile of German children's booksOver the next few months Manny somehow found himself reading one German book after another He read Grimms Märchen and Krabat and Das doppelte Lottchen and Madita and Karlsson vom Dach Finally a couple of weeks before Christmas he opened Momo He found he couldn't put it down He had just finished the last chapter when he heard someone clear their throat behind him Well said the visitor I hope you're not too busy to talk to meUh no said Manny It's funny but when I think about it I find I have time than I'd imagined And you're right Momo is very goodI'm glad to hear it said the visitor gravelyThere was just something I wanted to ask you said Manny Here wait a moment He leafed through the book to find the page But when he looked up the visitor had gone again