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The Princess Bride

William Goldman's celebrated 1973 satirical, modern, romantic fairy tale/adventure.

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Really, really good (better than wood).

  • Dec 18, 2001
Like many people, I never knew about THE PRINCESS BRIDE book until after seeing the movie several times. Recently, I finally sat down and read the book and was amazed. Goldman is amazing! The book gives a lot of insight into the charcters and why they do the things they do (why does Fezzik like rhymes; exactly how did Inigo's father die; etc.). However, the story is told in such a stylish and intriguing way that it is difficult to ever put the book down until you finish reading it (Goldman writes in a style that I can only hope to emulate).It has been over twenty-five years since THE PRINCESS BRIDE first appeared and it will continue to be read for years to come. Filled with such characters as Fezzik, Inigo, Miracle Max, Buttercup, and Wesley and places such as the Cliffs of Insanity and the Zoo of Death, THE PRINCESS BRIDE is a book of pure genius. It is a classic.

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review by . June 09, 2010
As an avid fan of the film "The Princess Bride" I figured I must read the book, because as we all know, books are always better than the movies adapted from them. Mind you, I didn't know anyone else who had read it, so there was no one to warn me about this S. Morgenstern business. Consequently, I read the entire book convinced that it was really written by S. Morgenstern and abridged by William Goldman. How I managed to believe this, I'm not so sure, but Goldman did such an awesome …
Quick Tip by . February 03, 2011
If you're ever in Ireland you can see the "real" Cliffs of Insanity (the cliffs used for filming The Princess Bride) when you visit the Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare. I was there in June (2010) and they were absolutely breathtaking! You could almost see The Dread Pirate Roberts sword-fighting with Inigo!
review by . June 15, 2010
As you wish
A great movie that was made from a great book. I've always been a huge fan of the movie so when starting to read the book I had high hopes. I was not disappointed. The book is just as funny as the movie. I frequently laughed out loud at dialog. There are small differences, instead of the grandfather reading the sick little boy the book, its the boys father. While I loved the character of the grandfather in the movie, I think having it be the father reading the book was much more touching. …
review by . June 29, 2010
As difficult as it is to write this without spoilers, I will attempt to do so in the following. Buttercup is a young woman who is described very well by author William Goldman. I can identify with her after the first chapter and I am sure most people will take heart to her as well.      The beautiful heroine of the Princess Bride is in for an amazing adventure in this impressive novel. She meets several exciting characters along the way. William Goldman has spun a masterpiece …
review by . June 19, 2010
If you're like me you have probably seen The Princess Bride more times than you can count.  Each time is just keeps getting funnier and as you grow up, you begin to understand the jokes better.  Think of it as Shrek just with live people.  The comedy is about that level.  So you can imagine how great it was to read the book.      I was worried.  Usually books which are made into movies are horrible and they have destroyed the original plot line.  …
Quick Tip by . October 12, 2010
i dont want to say that i dont like the movie because i did enjoy it but my mom has burned me out on it to the point that the origional book is now collecting dust on my shelf because i just cant stomach it!
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
This book is sooo much better than the movie. It is very well written. I loved it as a early teenager, and I'm a girl!
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
great book and movie
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
A brillant satiere of today which takes place almost 400 years ago and makes incredible sense. Fun read !!
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Loved the movie
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The Princess Brideis a true fantasy classic. William Goldman describes it as a "good parts version" of "S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure." Morgenstern's original was filled with details of Florinese history, court etiquette, and Mrs. Morgenstern's mostly complimentary views of the text. Much admired by academics, the "Classic Tale" nonetheless obscured what Mr. Goldman feels is a story that has everything: "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. Passion. Miracles."

Goldman frames the fairy tale with an "autobiographical" story: his father, who came from Florin, 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.

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Author: William Goldman
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Satire, Modern Fairytale
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Date Published: 1973
Format: Novel
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