The Grey Gentlemen by Michael Ende

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted at MizB’s Should Be Reading.

The great cities of long ago lie in ruins, together with their temples and palaces. Wind and rain, heat and cold have worn away and eaten into the stonework. Ruins are all that remain of the amphitheaters too. Crickets now inhabit their crumbling walls, singing a monotonous song that sounds like the earth breathing in its sleep.”

Who doesn’t like a nice children’s book (though I wouldn’t classify this as only that) once in a while? The Grey Gentlemen (original: Momo) is a 1973 fantasy novel by German author Michael Ende. I have just started reading the book, but it already seems wonderful!

It is the story of a little girl named Momo, who lives alone in the ruins of an amphitheater. She is poor and alone, but special; she has the gift of listening. When the Men in Grey try to take over the city, it is up to Momo to stop them!

7 thoughts on “The Grey Gentlemen by Michael Ende”

  1. I realize this is an old post but I'm going to comment anyway.

    I read this book more than once in elementary school, in the 80s. For years, I would have fleeting thoughts about "this book about saving time". I would remember bits and pieces and know that it was really good and I loved it, but for the life of me, couldn't figure out what it was.

    Then I stumbled upon the site "librarything", described what I could remember, and that same day the mystery was solved!

    I'm curious to know what you thought of it? I would love to read it again.


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