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Beautiful flaxen haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley the farm boy and when he departs to make his fortune she vows never to love another So when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts no survivors her heart is broken But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humperdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup So starts a fairy tale like no other of fencing poison true love hate revenge giants bad men good men snakes spiders chases escapes lies truths passion and miracles and a damn fine story


10 thoughts on “The Princess Bride

  1. says:

    If you haven't read this book then all I can tell you is to go out get it and read it Now Don't bother with the rest of this review you'll thank me later It hasFencingFightingTorturePoisonTrue LoveHateRevengeGiantsHuntersGood menBad menBeautifulest ladiesSnakesSpidersBeasts of all natures and descriptionsPainDeathBrave menCoward menStrongest menChasesEscapesLiesTruthsPassion Miracles For a startIt's one of the greatest loveactionrevenge stories ever abridged by a modern author Well it seems that Mr Goldman felt that the original story as written by the immortal S Morganstern was a little too dry for public consumption as well as damaging to treasured childhood memories so he went through it and put together this good parts version and the world is a better place for it 1Of course the big gag is that there never was an original version of the book There never was an S Morganstern the greatest of the Florinese writers Goldman's father may have read books to him as a child but he never read this book to him The entire thing is a fiction beginning to end but Goldman sells it really well He tells the tale of how he blossomed as a boy going from being a sports obsessed disappointment to a ravenous bookworm all thanks to this book He talks about trying to give the same gift to his son who manages to make it through one chapter before giving up in exhaustion He talks about the great shock of discovering that his father had done something utterly brilliant he had skipped the dull bits and left the exciting parts intactKnowing that all of this is false certainly doesn't detract from the story It's a story about a story and the effect that a story can have on a young mind Or any mind for that matter It's about how stories can teach us lessons that only later we understand such as how life is not fair and how stories can change us in ways that we never expected It's about our relationship with fiction and with the world around us In his fictional childhood Goldman learned about the world from the process of watching the story unfold than he did from the story itself And so this book is a story about stories The actual story is just bonusWhich brings me of course to the film Let me say that this is one of the very very few instances where I will put the movie up on par with the book 999999 repeating percent of the time the book is better than the movie This is one instance where they are equal in nearly every measure I'm sure a lot of this has to do with the fact that Goldman wrote the screenplay for the film so not only is the story intact but a great deal of the dialogue is almost verbatim from the book It was gold in print and gold on the screen The hardest part about reading the book is trying not to hear Andre the Giant Christopher Guest Robin Wright and all the other fine actors and actresses in your head as you readSo whether you read the book or see the movie you're in for a treat And as you read just remember the books that molded you into who you are today Think about the stories that taught you life's lessons before life got around to doing it Think about them and appreciate them and remember that every book is a lesson one way or another1 This is a fun type of meta fiction writers writing autobiographically about writing about books that never existed I find it interesting that The Princess Bride can sit comfortably shoulder to shoulder with House of Leaves


  2. says:

    It's amazing that I've never found time to read this book before I have seen the movie but it was years ago and I only really remember the one thing that everyone remembersThe real strength of this book is that is just ticks every box imaginable It's a fairy tale full of action romance and revenge and it has that timeless quality that the best fairy tales seem to carry It was published in the 1970s but it feels like it should be a thousand years old passed down from generation to generation It's non stop adventure comedy gold and full of some of the most memorable characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading aboutGoldman's writing style for this novel works so surprisingly well For one it's such an unusual idea to write a retelling of a story by a fictional author Goldman claims his father read him the S Morgenstern classic as a child and then proceeds to tell us the abridged version with all the good parts It's strange how well his constant sidenotes actually add to the story rather than take us out of it I think maybe it's the little kids inside most readers who remember the magic of being read a story as a child Because while this is a fantasy story with magic and princesses it's also a bittersweet tale about how a father introduced his son to the world of storiesAnd I found it hilarious I want you to know how rare it is for me to find a book that successfully combines silly humour with dramatic action and adventure I've struggled with authors like Terry Pratchett because I felt the humour took away any serious investment I may have had in the story But this book quietly mocks itself on every page and it works so well At first I wondered if I would be rolling my eyes at the whole notion of Buttercup as the most beautiful woman in the world but Goldman rolls his eyes for us with the comic portrayal of obsession with beauty and true love The characters here are so rich and vivid that it's hard to imagine that they don't exist somewhere in an alternate fantasy world Everyone remembers and loves Inigo Montoya and the pretty faced Westley but I was surprised by Buttercup My memory of the movie seems to have done her a disservice because I remembered her as a typical beautiful princess But no Buttercup is fierce and brave She might be silly and naive at the start but she grows and develops with age She doesn't sit back and let things happen to her which I likeHonestly this was a delight to read I can't believe I waited so longBlog | Leafmarks | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr


  3. says:

    First of all anyone who's rated this less than 5 stars is just wrong very wrong I know this because I was recently instated Master of all Opinions where mine is the most rightest The StructureI guess the real place to start with this book is with its structure You may have noticed that the actual title is The Princess Bride S Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure The Good Parts Version Abridged by William GoldmanWhew That's a mouthfulBut that's also the genius of this book You see S Morgenstern's Classic doesn't actually exist only this abridged Good Parts version created wholly by William Goldman This may not be the first time I expound upon the genius of this narrativeThe Princess Bride begins much like the movie William Goldman gets sick and his father comes in to read him this story Only in the book we don't jump right into the story we go to the future of Goldman's life where he talks about things that actually happened in his life but also some thing's he's made upFor instance Goldman talks about writing for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid which he did do But he also talks about his fictional psychotherapist wife that took some research Finally about 40 or so pages in we get to the actual story And it's almost exactly like the movie or at least I should say that nothing is left out of the book that's in the movie except the performances but I'll get there And that's how it should be Goldman did write the screenplayDuring this time Goldman explains that the book is actually extremely boring in parts and while he was young his father only read the good parts Instead he skipped the pages and pages of explanations of Florintine the actual story taking place in the fictional Florin ancestry which is also explained as Morgenstern being satiric The story begins and just like in the movie there are multiple interruptions but in the book they're made as editorial notes Again this is where the genius of this setup comes in He's able to comment on his own story add things that the story alone cannot do even point out things he finds oddin his own storyAn example of Goldman pointing out what he finds odd is that throughout the story not the editorial notes there are always interruptions in the form of parentheticals For instanceshe examined herself pore by pore in her mirror This was after mirrors'I'll leave the lad an acre in my will' Buttercup's father was fond of saying They had acres thenThen rather than continue the argument they had arguments then too they would both turn on their daughterThese were found throughout the book and always made me laugh but Goldman has an editorial note explaining that if the parentheticals bother you you should skip them The Good Parts and The MovieIf you're like me you've seen the movie so many times that you can quote just about everything and I'm terrible at quoting movies The movie itself follows the book excellently and even exceeds the book in many ways It's so very rare but the already excellent characters such as Fezzik and the Man in Black are almost across the board improved upon in the movieI mean how do you get any better than Andre the Giant and Billy Crystal's performance of Miracle Max? I was reading the exact same words that Crystal says but it was almost flat in the book whereas in the film Crystal makes them come aliveBut the benefit of the book is as usual the fact that you get inside the character's heads and backstory Before each of the famous fight scenes between The Man in Black and Buttercup's three kidnappers we are let in on the backstory of each These are great We see what actually happened with Inigo and why he seeks revenge and becomes the greatest swordsman in the worldwellSpoiler Alert almost We find out that Fezzik is even big for a Turk who average 15 pound babies and how he was a competitive fighter who had to learn how to lose to make the crowd like him And best of all it goes into his obsession with RHYMING Then there's Vizzini the self proclaimed genius and orchestrator of this most unstoppable team of the world's bestYet another thing I loved about this book Goldman's obsessed with numbers and lists Buttercup starts out as not even in the top 20 of the most beautiful women in the world but quickly jumps to the top Prince Humperdink is the best hunter in the world Buttercup and Westley's kiss is better than the top 5 kisses ever hadThis just adds to the epic and fairytale feeling of the story it can't get noble than the best of the best but at the same time the whole numbering thing is just another comical aspect of Goldman's writing the fact that people would even have a list or the ability to measure such things I love itDo I need examples of the genius of this work? The wit the charm the characters that are larger than life this is easily one of my favorite books of all time5 out of 5 Stars This wasn't even a debateButtercup's Baby The extra short story included in my edition of The Pricess Bride Non spoiler tldr review skip it don't mess with the classic storyview spoilerThis is a short story and addition to the 30th anniversary edition of the book I'm never a fan of these sorts of things To be honest it just messes with the purity that is the original and can leave you with a sour taste in your mouth The Matrix the movie should have been left alone along with things like Ender's Game and Dune It really is okay to leave people with a sense of wonder and imagination at what could have happened instead of milking things for all they're worthWith that said this wasn't a terrible addition it was just unnecessary It deals with the time after the ending of The Princess Bride when everyone lives happily ever after The first chapter is Fezzik Dies so already you're world is shattered Buttercup's baby is stolen and Fezzik is chasing the culprit but then it never really goes back to this it goes to a couple chapters that only slightly fit together even admitted by Goldman but which explains how they get to someone running away with Buttercup's babyBefore this story is an explanation of how this story came about in the fictional way not an actual explanation and it involves how Stephen King was actually going to do the abridgement but left it up to Goldman I guess I just don't get these partsI'm sure this is better for people who have read the story ages ago and come back to something new but reading them all together just messed with the original too much hide spoiler


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    I must say that the humour in this book is quite special ‘‘I must court her now’’ said the Prince ‘‘Leave us alone for a minute’’ He rode the white expertly down the hill Buttercup had never seen such a giant beast Or such a rider ‘‘I am your Prince and you will marry me’’ Humperdinck said Buttercup whispered ‘‘I am your servant and I refuse’’ ‘‘I am your Prince and you cannot refuse’’ ‘‘I am your loyal servant and I just did’’ ‘‘Refusal means death’’ ‘‘Kill me then’’ It’s a comedy with a scoop of tragedy and an adventure at all times Not simply an adventure a journeyDanger awaits the characters at every chapter and the obstacles they are faced with and their ways of dealing with them are peculiarEven if you try to you will not be able to take the story seriously More than half of the characters are sheer idiots – yes even Buttercup is naïve unoriginal and very often stupidBut that’s to some extent normal One cannot write a comical story without having silly characters in itThere are many overused tropes in this fairytale a damsel in distress beauty beyond imagination a rescuer villainous villains villainous villains who lose their villainy and the ‘‘true love’’ themeThe first half is a lot of fun With a humorous one of a kind narration William Goldman entertains us or at least tries to throughout the book The only problem is that the story slows down past the half mark It’s less hilarious past that point also A dark humour stars to appear and it’s up to you to accept it or notI was not a fan of it Or the way the author decided to wrap things up to rescue the princess What I can say is that the first half is incredible and the second half very different but for me not in a good wayFurther while Westley seems like the perfect gentlemanlovermanhusband at first he has real issues Not only does he hit Buttercup but he also orders her around brusque as a soldier I cannot say I admire him or the couple in general Beauty is such an important theme in this novel it’s hard to see what else Westley may see in Buttercup We’re left to speculate because it is not as if they have tons of conversationsTo sum it all up the love story did not convince me but the characters are interesting to follow around and I truly appreciated the originality of the narrationBlog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’


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    This book has as you may knowFencing Fighting Torture Poison True love Hate Revenge Giants Hunters Bad men Good men Beautifulest ladies Snakes Spiders Beasts of all natures and descriptions Pain Death Brave men Coward men Strongest men Chases Escapes Lies Truths Passion MiraclesAnd if you like any of those things or all of those things or several of them or none of them or if you find any of them exciting or compelling or curiosity inducing at all then you simply have to read itThis is one of those extraordinarily rare cases when the film adaptation sometimes prompts people to say the uncommon phrase “The movie is better than the book” Those people are wrong but less wrong than those who usually say it The movie is funny and exciting and brilliantly casted and truer to the book than anyone has any real right to expect thank you William Goldman for adapting your own workBut here’s a by no means exhaustive list of what it’s missing the full extent of the author’s wit character backstories so rich you’ll feel their trials and tribulations intensely a fictional history so convincing that I spent most of my childhood and some of my adolescence believing that Europe included long warring countries called Florin and Guilder masterful themes on the meaning of storytelling and truth in literature the chance to be awestruck by a book over and over and over againSo yes you should watch the movie Sure It’s great But than that you should read the bookI’ll even say it’s okay if you’ve seen the movie already Your fun won’t be spoiled in the slightestBottom line I truly and sincerely pity anyone who has not read and has no intention of reading The Princess BrideIt’s the best thing in the world after cough drops this book is a dweamwiffin a dweamweview to come me rereading this book? inconceivable