The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure (Paperback)
It’s still my favorite book in all the world” are the first words of William Goldman’s The Princess Bride. After reading his 1973 classic, I feel like singing similar praises. This is without a doubt one of the most charming and funniest books I have ever had the privilege to come across. Each character, whether hero or villain, is memorable in their own way. There's the vengeful Inigo, who's after the six-fingered man who killed his father, Prince Humperdink, who loves hunting and has his own “hunting zoo”, and Miracle Max, the disgruntled medicine man, angered at the aforementioned prince for sacking him. Such characters participate in wondrous, high adventure. A castle is stormed, Rodents of Unusual Size are faced, and a fencing match rages over the perilous Cliffs of Insanity.
This fine tapestry of characters and events are all tied together with Goldman's excellent and comedic writing. Because the story is presented as an abridgment of fictional author S. Morgenstern's original, much-longer, boring "The Princess Bride", Goldman's voice often appears with amusing annotations of abridgment and Morgenstern-estate-legal-drama.
Nary a boring moment, character, or scene are to be found within. If you haven't read this book yet, you most definitely, definitely should.
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William Goldman's modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests—for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love—that's thrilling and timeless.
Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you'll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that's home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.”
About the Author
WILLIAM GOLDMAN (1931-2018) wrote books and movies for more than fifty years. He won two Academy Awards (for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men), and three Lifetime Achievement Awards in screenwriting.
"[Goldman's] swashbuckling fable is nutball funny . . . A 'classic' medieval melodrama that sounds like all the Saturday serials you ever saw feverishly reworked by the Marx Brothers." --Newsweek
"One of the funniest, most original, and deeply moving novels I have read in a long time." --Los Angeles Times