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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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ISBN13: 9780156035217
ISBN10: 0156035219
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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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Anne Manning, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Anne Manning)
One of my favorite books of all time. I didn't even know there was a book until my friend gave it to me as a gift. If you've seen the movie (or even if you haven't), read the book, it's wonderful! William Goldman has created a perfect story...I wish it was part of a series.
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Home School Book Review, July 21, 2012 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
The “Princess” is Buttercup, a beautiful young girl who lives with her parents on a farm in the fictitious country of Florin, where old Lotharon and Bella are King and Queen. She falls in love with her family’s “Farm Boy” named Westley, who also adores her. He then leaves to seek his fortune in America so they can marry, but she later receives word that his ship is attacked at sea by the Dread Pirate Roberts and assumes that Westley is dead. After several years, Buttercup agrees to marry the evil Prince Humperdinck, the heir to the throne of Florin. But before the wedding, Buttercup is kidnapped by a trio of outlaws, the Sicilian criminal genius Vizzini, the Spanish fencing master Inigo Montoya, and the giant Turkish wrestler Fezzik. However, a masked “Man in Black” follows them up the Cliffs of Insanity. In the ensuing battles, Inigo and Fezzik are defeated and Vizzini is killed. But why was Buttercup kidnapped in the first place? Who is this mysterious “Man in Black” and what are his plans? And will the Prince ever find Buttercup to marry her?
This fantasy novel, combining elements of comedy, adventure, romance, satire, and fairy tale, is said to be a spoof of swashbuckler movies. Author William Goldman is primarily a Hollywood screenwriter who is best known for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men. Several years ago, some friends of ours brought us the 1987 film by Rob Reiner that is based on the book, and except for one little scene through which they fast forwarded, I think because of the language, we enjoyed the movie, and I have always wanted to read the book. The plot of the novel is sometimes a little confusing with all the flashbacks, sub-plots, and Goldman's "commentary" asides. In this respect, the movie is perhaps a little easier to understand than the book because the former follows the action more directly. It would appear that Goldman is a much better screenwriter than he is a novelist. The Princess Bride is presented as Goldman's abridgment of an older version by "S. Morgenstern", which was originally supposed to be a satire of the excesses of European royalty but is in fact entirely Goldman's work. Both Morgenstern and the "original version" are fictional and used as a literary device. Goldman's personal life, as described in the introduction and commentary of the novel, is also fictional.
The basic theme of the book seems to be that “life isn’t fair,” and the narrative sometimes tends towards “absurdism,” a form of literature which has never really interested me. There is a great deal of bad language in the book, more than I remember in the film, with cursing (the “h” and “d” words appear occasionally), profanity (the terms God and Jesus are frequently used as interjections), and assorted crudities (such as calling someone an a**hole and a “son of a b****, as well as even using the “s” word once��"by a kid, no less). I guess that it doesn’t surprise me that a modern Hollywood screenwriter would do this and somehow consider his work as “a traditional piece of children’s literature.” Uh, I’m sorry, but I cannot recommend the book for children. In addition to the language, there are scenes of heavy drinking and drunkenness, and at least a couple of threats of suicide. Children can read about how “life isn’t fair” without all that baggage. The latest edition also contains the purported abridgement of the first chapter of the sequel, Buttercup’s Baby. At the end are some “Questions and topics for discussion,” but honestly, even though there is an interesting story hidden in there somewhere, I really don’t see anything that is actually worth discussing.
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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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