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The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure; The "Good Parts" Version

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What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be...well...a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad's recitation, and only the "good parts" reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He's reconstructed the "Good Parts Version" to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What's it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it's about everything.

Eventually to be adapted for the silver screen, The Princess Bride was originally a beautifully simple, insightfully comic story of what happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince in the world — and he turns out to be a son of a bitch. Guaranteed to entertain both young and old alike by combining scenes of rowsing fantasy with hilarious reality, The Princess Bride secures Goldman's place as a master storyteller.

Review:

"[A] timeless fairy tale recreated in a family-oriented form that appeals to people of all ages and reading tastes." Children's Literature

Synopsis:

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 has been writing books and movies for more than forty years. He has won two Academy Awards (for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men), and three Lifetime Achievement Awards in screenwriting.

Table of Contents

Contents

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Introduction to the 30th Anniversary Edition  vii

 

Introduction to the 25th Anniversary Edition  xxxi

 

The Princess Bride  1

 

Buttercups Baby: An Explanation  359

 

Buttercups Baby, Chapter One: Fezzik Dies  389

 

Reading Group Guide  451

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jen.frederick, February 9, 2015 (view all comments by jen.frederick)
I did not realize there was a book. I am so excited to read this. I am sure this will be even better than the movie.
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Kelly L, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by Kelly L)
True Love and High Adventure, sure, but my favorite characters have always been Fezzik and Inigo. This is the best book in the world to read aloud on road trips, especially if your spouse does all the voices.
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Kelly L, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by Kelly L)
True Love and High Adventure, sure, but my favorite characters have always been Fezzik and Inigo. This is the best book in the world to read aloud on road trips, especially if your spouse does all the voices.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156035217
Subtitle:
S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure; The "Good Parts" Version
Author:
Goldman, William
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
6.88 x 4.19 in
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 512 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156035217 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] timeless fairy tale recreated in a family-oriented form that appeals to people of all ages and reading tastes."
"Synopsis" by , 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.”

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