Originally published in German in 1973—the English translation was released a year after, Momo is one of the best novels written by Michael Ende. Winner of the 1974 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Youth Literature Prize), this fantasy book is excellently suitable for young adult readers (children) but the substance, the moral and message regarding the essence of time are indisputably relevant to more mature readers, especially nowadays.
The story follows the life of a poor little girl known as Momo, who lives in the ruin of an amphitheater She is an extraordinary honest girl with a remarkable simplicity and talent: listening to people. Most will see it trivial, yet this girl proves the opposite. From lending her ears and attention to people who wish to pour their feelings or share their problems, Momo builds herself a life rich with friendship and love. All the town people become her friends, and from those friendships those people find peace and creativity, and in return they bring Momo food and other aids.
However, that wonderful life vanishes from the town when the sinister men in grey arrive. These men are among the most treacherous and life-destroying kind of people. These grey-men hypnotize the folks and silently take over the town with their Time Saving Bank. They lure the people to steal the one of most valuable thing in life: time. However, their tricks do not work on Momo, who cannot be tempted as she is content with what she is and what she has.
Finally all the town people are “captured” by the men in grey and the only friends left on Momo’s side are Professor Hora and Cassiopeia, the magically gifted tortoise. Together, they will destroy the enemies that steal the life (and time) from the town and save the poeple.
*PS Thanks to one of MahaCopia readers—I don’t think it will be appropriate to mention the name without his/her permission—who has generously shared this wonderful eBook so it can be posted at this blog and everybody can enjoy it.