I first heard of the book “Momo” in 2007 when it was featured in my favorite Korean Drama of all time, “My lovely Kim Sam Soon” (which also features the amazingly gorgeous Kim Sun-Ah; she is just perfection…all around). Click here to watch.
Anywhoo, in the drama they mentioned the book “Momo” and I was intrigued. I looked it up and BAM! it’s by Michael Ende! The guy who wrote “The Neverending Story”…the Neverending Story that became one of my favorite movies of all time, the movie that knew and showed my true heart, the movie that I watched my freshman year of college surrounded by other hopeful newbies who knew we were all going to saddle up on our metaphorical Falcors to change the world!
“Learning and Labor”!!! Yeah!!!
So we can safely say…I’m all about “The Neverending Story” it has a place of bittersweet love in my heart.
And thus began and continued a 7 year on-again off-again search for the elusive, out-of-print, only available in German: “Momo.”
Until….earlier this year.
You know, we have a fantastic library in our town…and as somewhat of a library aficionado (nerd) I knew from its ginormous foreign language children’s section and its in-house cafe, bookstore, and toy store that this was a well-funded library. Case in point, in the 9 months that we’ve lived here, they have bought almost all (around 20) of the books that I suggested they add to their collection. Let’s just say I would live in this library (if I didn’t have toddlers dependent on my living with them). I would just curl up in a study room and never leave. This library is awesome. A few months ago I also discovered that
this library owns the book, Momo (new 40th anniversary English language translation).
Sweet buttered biscuits, I can’t believe it….
I almost passed out when I saw it there, standing inconspicuously on the bottom shelf, and actually holding it in my hands after 7 years of searching…incredible.
I couldn’t dive into it like I wanted; becoming hermetically hobbitous, covering up with a thick blanket in my gliding rocker or on my bed, reading it all in one glorious afternoon sitting. No…with two toddlers that totally didn’t happen. So I read just had to read “Momo”when I could.
My husband had heard so much about it and saw my excitement… so he started reading it too.
“Let me see what this Momo is all about here”
Not that that caused any issues or anything.
I’ve searched for this book for 7 years…give it back!
Anywhoo, I highly recommend “Momo” if you want something interesting, cerebral, sort of out there, and a book that is as relevant as the day it was written. I won’t give anything away but I will say that it is an easier read that “The Neverending Story” that it’s deep and full of allegory, and it’s a critique on how people treat children and so much more.
I don’t want to say much else…but maybe I’ve already said too much.
ps. You can find the new English language translation of Momo if you Click Here
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