Like so many people, I fell in love with the film first. It’s like the grandfather says: “Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles.” There’s something for everyone, and it taps into something so magically, extraordinarily human. Also like so many people, I found a battered paperback with a broken spine on my shelf that I couldn’t remember buying, and then I fell in love all over again. Goldman’s “good parts” version of S. Morgenstern’s classic tale is a masterpiece (it might even be funnier than the film), and if you’ve never read it, go find that old paperback — for the terror of the Zoo of Death; for the journeys into Inigo and Fezzik’s pasts; for the final “editor’s” note, which I think might be absolutely perfect. (And if for some reason your paperback hasn’t appeared on your shelf yet, well. We have plenty of copies.) Recommended By Madeline S., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
William 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.
"One of the funniest, most original and deeply moving novels I have read in a long time." Los Angeles Times
"His 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
"Goldman introduces a brilliant cocktail of characters...to weave an adventure story made complete by its healthy portions of romance, wit, and heroism. The Princess Bride is a timeless fairy tale recreated in a family-oriented form that appeals to people of all ages and reading tastes." Children's Literature
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 rousing fantasy with hilarious reality, The Princess Bride secures Goldman's place as a master storyteller.
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 henchmen, 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 Buttercup's one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.
With over one million copies in print, S. Morgenstern's classic fantasy, in the abridged "good parts" version by William Goldman, is a readers' favorite.
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;
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
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