Synopses & Reviews
"A wacky, charming and funny fable . . . about a beautiful princess, her hero, pirates, duels, beasts and the like but with sizzling grown-up passages . . . A saga of true love and high adventure." --The New York Times
"[This] 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
"It's fun all the way. If you're somewhere between nine and ninety, and have a sense of humor and a spirit of adventure, it's recommended." --The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
"Goldman comes close to matching Tolkien in creating a fantasy kingdom full of outlandishly hilarious characters." -- The Virginian-Pilot
"Become a child for a while, slashing at dragons, rescuing fair damsels, and performing derring-do." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Though later in life he was perhaps more guarded concerning the human condition, there can be no doubt that at this stage of his career, especially with The Princess Bride, Morgenstern was the most joyous of all Florinese writers." --Henreid Pavol, author of Middle Morgenstern
In this 30th anniversary edition, Goldman frames the famous fairy tale with an "autobiographical" story: his father abridged the book as he read it to his son. Now, Goldman is publishing an abridged version, interspersed with comments on the parts he cut out.
W illiam Goldmans beloved novel has sold over one million copies. A movie, released twenty years ago, perfectly captured the spirit of the book and has introduced new fans to its pages ever since. In 1941 a young boy lies bedridden from pneumonia. His perpetually disheveled and unattractive father, an immigrant from Florin with terribly broken English, shuffles into his bedroom carrying a book. The boy wants to know if it has any sports. His father says, "Fencing. 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. Passions. Miracles." And the little boy, though he doesnt know it, is about to change forever. As Goldman says, "What happened was just this. I got hooked on the story." And coming generations of readers will, too.
William Goldman's modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about questsand#8212;for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true loveand#8212;that's thrilling and timeless.
Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossibleand#8212;inconceivable, evenand#8212;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 and#8220;abridgedand#8221; retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that's home to and#8220;Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.and#8221;
A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts--The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.
As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchman, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she'll meet Vizzini--the criminal philosopher who'll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik--the gentle giant; Inigo--the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen--the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercups one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.
About the Author
WILLIAMandnbsp;GOLDMANandnbsp;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
Introduction to the 30th Anniversary Editionand#160; vii
Introduction to the 25th Anniversary Editionand#160; xxxi
The Princess Brideand#160; 1
Buttercupand#8217;s Baby: An Explanationand#160; 359
Buttercupand#8217;s Baby, Chapter One: Fezzik Diesand#160; 389
Reading Group Guideand#160; 451