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The Princess Bride

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Author: William Goldman

Published: July 15th 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published September 1st 1973)

Format: Paperback , 30th Anniversary Edition , 456 pages

Isbn: 9780345418265

Language: English


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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 recitat 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.

30 review for The Princess Bride

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    If you haven't read this book, then all I can tell you is to go out, get it, and read it. Now. Don't bother with the rest of this review, you'll thank me later. It has: Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Good men. Bad 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. For a start. It's one of the greatest love/action/revenge stories ever abridged If you haven't read this book, then all I can tell you is to go out, get it, and read it. Now. Don't bother with the rest of this review, you'll thank me later. It has: Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Good men. Bad 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. For a start. It's one of the greatest love/action/revenge stories ever abridged by a modern author. Well, it seems that Mr. Goldman felt that the original story, as written by the immortal S. Morganstern, was a little too dry for public consumption, as well as damaging to treasured childhood memories, so he went through it and put together this "good parts" version, and the world is a better place for it. [1:] Of course, the big gag is that there never was an original version of the book. There never was an S. Morganstern, the greatest of the Florinese writers. Goldman's father may have read books to him as a child, but he never read this book to him. The entire thing is a fiction, beginning to end, but Goldman sells it really well. He tells the tale of how he blossomed as a boy - going from being a sports-obsessed disappointment to a ravenous bookworm, all thanks to this book. He talks about trying to give the same gift to his son, who manages to make it through one chapter before giving up in exhaustion. He talks about the great shock of discovering that his father had done something utterly brilliant - he had skipped the dull bits and left the exciting parts intact. Knowing that all of this is false certainly doesn't detract from the story. It's a story about a story, and the effect that a story can have on a young mind. Or any mind, for that matter. It's about how stories can teach us lessons that only later we understand - such as how life is not fair - and how stories can change us in ways that we never expected. It's about our relationship with fiction, and with the world around us. In his fictional childhood, Goldman learned more about the world from the process of watching the story unfold than he did from the story itself. And so this book is a story about stories. The actual story is just bonus. Which brings me, of course, to the film. Let me say that this is one of the very, very few instances where I will put the movie up on par with the book. 99.9999 repeating percent of the time, the book is better than the movie. This is one instance where they are equal in nearly every measure. I'm sure a lot of this has to do with the fact that Goldman wrote the screenplay for the film, so not only is the story intact, but a great deal of the dialogue is almost verbatim from the book. It was gold in print and gold on the screen. The hardest part about reading the book is trying not to hear Andre the Giant, Christopher Guest, Robin Wright and all the other fine actors and actresses in your head as you read. So, whether you read the book or see the movie, you're in for a treat. And as you read, just remember the books that molded you into who you are today. Think about the stories that taught you life's lessons before life got around to doing it. Think about them and appreciate them, and remember that every book is a lesson, one way or another.... [1:] This is a fun type of meta-fiction, writers writing autobiographically about writing about books that never existed. I find it interesting that The Princess Bride can sit comfortably shoulder-to-shoulder with House of Leaves.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    It's amazing that I've never found time to read this book before. I have seen the movie, but it was years ago and I only really remember the one thing that everyone remembers: The real strength of this book is that is just ticks every box imaginable. It's a fairy tale, full of action, romance and revenge, and it has that timeless quality that the best fairy tales seem to carry. It was published in the 1970s but it feels like it should be a thousand years old, passed down from generation to genera It's amazing that I've never found time to read this book before. I have seen the movie, but it was years ago and I only really remember the one thing that everyone remembers: The real strength of this book is that is just ticks every box imaginable. It's a fairy tale, full of action, romance and revenge, and it has that timeless quality that the best fairy tales seem to carry. It was published in the 1970s but it feels like it should be a thousand years old, passed down from generation to generation. It's non-stop adventure, comedy gold and full of some of the most memorable characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading about. Goldman's writing style for this novel works so surprisingly well. For one, it's such an unusual idea to write a retelling of a story by a fictional author - Goldman claims his father read him the S. Morgenstern classic as a child and then proceeds to tell us the "abridged" version with all the good parts. It's strange how well his constant sidenotes actually add to the story, rather than take us out of it. I think maybe it's the little kids inside most readers who remember the magic of being read a story as a child. Because while this is a fantasy story with magic and princesses, it's also a bittersweet tale about how a father introduced his son to the world of stories. And I found it hilarious. I want you to know how rare it is for me to find a book that successfully combines silly humour with dramatic action and adventure. I've struggled with authors like Terry Pratchett because I felt the humour took away any serious investment I may have had in the story. But this book quietly mocks itself on every page and it works so well. At first I wondered if I would be rolling my eyes at the whole notion of Buttercup as "the most beautiful woman in the world", but Goldman rolls his eyes for us with the comic portrayal of obsession with beauty and true love. The characters here are so rich and vivid that it's hard to imagine that they don't exist somewhere in an alternate fantasy world. Everyone remembers and loves Inigo Montoya and the pretty-faced Westley, but I was surprised by Buttercup. My memory of the movie seems to have done her a disservice because I remembered her as a typical, beautiful princess. But no, Buttercup is fierce and brave. She might be silly and naive at the start but she grows and develops with age. She doesn't sit back and let things happen to her, which I like. Honestly, this was a delight to read. I can't believe I waited so long. Blog | Leafmarks | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

  3. 5 out of 5

    seak

    First of all, anyone who's rated this less than 5 stars is just wrong, very wrong. I know this because I was recently instated "Master of all Opinions" where mine is the most rightest. :) The Structure I guess the real place to start with this book is with its structure. You may have noticed that the actual title is - The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure: The "Good Parts" Version Abridged by William Goldman. Whew. That's a mouthful. But that's also the ge First of all, anyone who's rated this less than 5 stars is just wrong, very wrong. I know this because I was recently instated "Master of all Opinions" where mine is the most rightest. :) The Structure I guess the real place to start with this book is with its structure. You may have noticed that the actual title is - The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure: The "Good Parts" Version Abridged by William Goldman. Whew. That's a mouthful. But that's also the genius of this book. You see, S. Morgenstern's "Classic" doesn't actually exist, only this abridged, "Good Parts" version, created wholly by William Goldman. This may not be the first time I expound upon the genius of this narrative. The Princess Bride begins much like the movie. William Goldman gets sick and his father comes in to read him this story. Only in the book, we don't jump right into the story, we go to the future of Goldman's life where he talks about things that actually happened in his life, but also some thing's he's made up. For instance, Goldman talks about writing for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which he did do. But he also talks about his fictional psychotherapist wife (that took some research). Finally, about 40 or so pages in, we get to the actual story. And it's almost exactly like the movie, or at least I should say that nothing is left out of the book that's in the movie (except the performances, but I'll get there). And that's how it should be, Goldman did write the screenplay. During this time, Goldman explains that the book is actually extremely boring in parts and while he was young, his father only read the "good parts." Instead he skipped the pages and pages of explanations of Florintine (the actual story taking place in the fictional Florin) ancestry, which is also explained as Morgenstern being satiric. The story begins and just like in the movie, there are multiple interruptions, but in the book they're made as editorial notes. Again, this is where the genius of this setup comes in. He's able to comment on his own story, add things that the story alone cannot do, even point out things he finds odd...in his own story. An example of Goldman pointing out what he finds odd is that throughout the story (not the editorial notes), there are always interruptions in the form of parentheticals. For instance: "...she examined herself pore by pore in her mirror. (This was after mirrors.)" "'I'll leave the lad an acre in my will,' Buttercup's father was fond of saying. (They had acres then.)" "Then, rather than continue the argument (they had arguments then too), they would both turn on their daughter." These were found throughout the book and always made me laugh, but Goldman has an editorial note explaining that if the parentheticals bother you, you should skip them. The "Good Parts" and The Movie If you're like me, you've seen the movie so many times that you can quote just about everything, and I'm terrible at quoting movies. The movie itself follows the book excellently and even exceeds the book in many ways. It's so very rare, but the already excellent characters such as Fezzik and the Man in Black are almost across the board improved upon in the movie. I mean, how do you get any better than Andre the Giant and Billy Crystal's performance of Miracle Max? I was reading the exact same words that Crystal says, but it was almost flat in the book, whereas in the film, Crystal makes them come alive. But the benefit of the book is, as usual, the fact that you get inside the character's heads and backstory. Before each of the famous "fight" scenes between The Man in Black and Buttercup's three kidnappers, we are let in on the backstory of each. These are great. We see what actually happened with Inigo and why he seeks revenge and becomes the greatest swordsman in the world...well,[Spoiler Alert] almost. We find out that Fezzik is even big for a Turk (who average 15 pound babies) and how he was a competitive fighter who had to learn how to lose to make the crowd like him. And best of all, it goes into his obsession with RHYMING! Then there's Vizzini , the self-proclaimed genius and orchestrator of this most unstoppable team of the world's best. Yet another thing I loved about this book, Goldman's obsessed with numbers and lists. Buttercup starts out as not even in the top 20 of the most beautiful women in the world, but quickly jumps to the top. Prince Humperdink is the best hunter in the world. Buttercup and Westley's kiss is better than the top 5 kisses ever had. This just adds to the epic and fairytale feeling of the story, it can't get more noble than the best of the best, but at the same time, the whole numbering thing is just another comical aspect of Goldman's writing: the fact that people would even have a list or the ability to measure such things. I love it. Do I need more examples of the genius of this work? The wit, the charm, the characters that are larger than life, this is easily one of my favorite books of all time. 5 out of 5 Stars (This wasn't even a debate) Buttercup's Baby [The extra short story included in my edition of The Pricess Bride] Non-spoiler, tl;dr review: skip it, don't mess with the classic story. (view spoiler)[ This is a short story and addition to the 30th anniversary edition of the book. I'm never a fan of these sorts of things. To be honest, it just messes with the purity that is the original and can leave you with a sour taste in your mouth. The Matrix (the movie) should have been left alone along with things like Ender's Game and Dune. It really is okay to leave people with a sense of wonder and imagination at what could have happened instead of milking things for all they're worth. With that said, this wasn't a terrible addition, it was just unnecessary. It deals with the time after the ending of The Princess Bride when everyone lives "happily ever after." The first chapter is "Fezzik Dies," so already you're world is shattered. Buttercup's baby is stolen and Fezzik is chasing the culprit, but then it never really goes back to this, it goes to a couple chapters that only slightly fit together (even admitted by Goldman), but which explains how they get to someone running away with Buttercup's baby. Before this story is an explanation of how this story came about (in the fictional way, not an actual explanation) and it involves how Stephen King was actually going to do the abridgement, but left it up to Goldman. I guess I just don't get these parts. I'm sure this is better for people who have read the story ages ago and come back to something new, but reading them all together just messed with the original too much. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Monica

    I must say that the humour in this book is quite special. ‘‘I must court her now,’’ said the Prince. ‘‘Leave us alone for a minute.’’ He rode the white expertly down the hill. Buttercup had never seen such a giant beast. Or such a rider. ‘‘I am your Prince and you will marry me,’’ Humperdinck said. Buttercup whispered, ‘‘I am your servant and I refuse.’’ ‘‘I am your Prince and you cannot refuse.’’ ‘‘I am your loyal servant and I just did.’’ ‘‘Refusal means death. I must say that the humour in this book is quite special. ‘‘I must court her now,’’ said the Prince. ‘‘Leave us alone for a minute.’’ He rode the white expertly down the hill. Buttercup had never seen such a giant beast. Or such a rider. ‘‘I am your Prince and you will marry me,’’ Humperdinck said. Buttercup whispered, ‘‘I am your servant and I refuse.’’ ‘‘I am your Prince and you cannot refuse.’’ ‘‘I am your loyal servant and I just did.’’ ‘‘Refusal means death.’’ ‘‘Kill me then.’’ It’s a comedy, with a scoop of tragedy, and an adventure at all times. Not simply an adventure, a journey. Danger awaits the characters at every chapter and the obstacles they are faced with and their ways of dealing with them are peculiar. Even if you try to, you will not be able to take the story seriously. More than half of the characters are sheer idiots – yes, even Buttercup is naïve, unoriginal and, very often, stupid. But that’s, to some extent, normal. One cannot write a comical story without having silly characters in it. There are many overused tropes in this fairytale: a damsel in distress, beauty beyond imagination, a rescuer, villainous villains, villainous villains who lose their villainy and the ‘‘true love’’ theme. The first half is a lot of fun. With a humorous, one-of-a-kind narration, William Goldman entertains us (or at least tries to) throughout the book. The only problem is that the story slows down past the half mark. It’s less hilarious past that point, also. A dark humour stars to appear, and it’s up to you to accept it or not. I was not a fan of it. Or the way the author decided to wrap things up… to rescue the princess. What I can say is that the first half is incredible and the second half very different (but for me, not in a good way). Furthermore, while Westley seems like the perfect gentleman/lover/man/husband at first, he has real issues. Not only does he hit Buttercup, but he also orders her around, brusque as a soldier. I cannot say I admire him or the couple in general. Beauty is such an important theme in this novel it’s hard to see what else Westley may see in Buttercup. We’re left to speculate, because it is not as if they have tons of conversations. To sum it all up, the love story did not convince me, but the characters are interesting to follow around and I truly appreciated the originality of the narration. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  5. 4 out of 5

    emma

    This book has, as you may know: 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. And if you like any of those things, or all of those things, or several of them or none of them, or if you find any of them exciting, or compelling, or curiosity-inducing at all, then you simpl This book has, as you may know: 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. And if you like any of those things, or all of those things, or several of them or none of them, or if you find any of them exciting, or compelling, or curiosity-inducing at all, then you simply have to read it. This is one of those extraordinarily rare cases when the film adaptation sometimes prompts people to say the uncommon phrase “The movie is better than the book.” Those people are wrong, but less wrong than those who usually say it. The movie is funny, and exciting, and brilliantly casted, and truer to the book than anyone has any real right to expect (thank you, William Goldman, for adapting your own work). But here’s a by no means exhaustive list of what it’s missing: - the full extent of the author’s wit - character backstories so rich you’ll feel their trials and tribulations intensely - a fictional history so convincing that I spent most of my childhood (and some of my adolescence) believing that Europe included long-warring countries called Florin and Guilder - masterful themes on the meaning of storytelling and truth in literature - the chance to be awestruck by a book over and over and over again So yes, you should watch the movie. Sure. It’s great. But more than that, you should read the book. (I’ll even say it’s okay if you’ve seen the movie already. Your fun won’t be spoiled in the slightest.) Bottom line: I truly and sincerely pity anyone who has not read and has no intention of reading The Princess Bride. It’s the best thing in the world, after cough drops. ----------- this book is a dweam...wiffin a dweam...... (weview to come) ----------- me, rereading this book? inconceivable

  6. 5 out of 5

    Icarus

    I am one of the few people in the world who does not think the book is better than the movie here. There is an undercurrent of bitterness in this book that I find off-putting. I am given to understand by a friend that those elements--i.e., the autobiographical stuff in Goldman's own persona--are actually fictional. But I found that they soured my enjoyment of the story they framed. I couldn't enjoy the writing of a writer who seemed as misanthropic and hateful as Goldman came off to me. TPB is s I am one of the few people in the world who does not think the book is better than the movie here. There is an undercurrent of bitterness in this book that I find off-putting. I am given to understand by a friend that those elements--i.e., the autobiographical stuff in Goldman's own persona--are actually fictional. But I found that they soured my enjoyment of the story they framed. I couldn't enjoy the writing of a writer who seemed as misanthropic and hateful as Goldman came off to me. TPB is still a great book--better than three stars, but I couldn't quite bring myself to give it four. Stick to the movie. It has the opposite problem, but you can always fast forward through the saccharine Fred Savage bits.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Okay, I like the movie better than the book. I mean I love watching all of my characters! So There! Anyhoo, I'm adding some pictures from the book. There are a lot of them but I'm just going to add a few. I thought they were wonderful. On the inside front and back pages there is a map but I only added one part of the map so you can get the idea =) Happy Reading! Mel ♥ MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List Okay, I like the movie better than the book. I mean I love watching all of my characters! So There! Anyhoo, I'm adding some pictures from the book. There are a lot of them but I'm just going to add a few. I thought they were wonderful. On the inside front and back pages there is a map but I only added one part of the map so you can get the idea =) Happy Reading! Mel ♥ MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    5.0 stars. HOW AMAZINGLY GOOD IS THIS BOOK YOU ASK?....so good it is almost This is a literary treasure and one that I can not recommend more highly. Let me start by saying that prior to reading this book I had probably seen the movie version a dozen times or so and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! I only mention this so that you know where I'm coming from in case you are not a fan of the movie as I think if you like one you will like the other and, conversely, if you didn’t like the movie, the book may 5.0 stars. HOW AMAZINGLY GOOD IS THIS BOOK YOU ASK?....so good it is almost This is a literary treasure and one that I can not recommend more highly. Let me start by saying that prior to reading this book I had probably seen the movie version a dozen times or so and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! I only mention this so that you know where I'm coming from in case you are not a fan of the movie as I think if you like one you will like the other and, conversely, if you didn’t like the movie, the book may not appeal to you as much. As for the book, I was AMAZED at what a superb adaptation of the novel the movie was. Along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy and No Country for Old Men, this may be the best adaptation of a classic novel that I have ever come across. This may lead you to ask whether it is even worth it to read the book given that much of what is in the book is on the screen. My answer to that would be a resounding YES!! First of all, the book is as much fun as the movie and the tone of the writing is unique, playful and very funny. Despite knowing the plot of the book intimately, I found the reading experience to be fresh and new. I am going to assume that people reading this have seen the movie, read the book or at least have an understanding of the basic plot. If not, the book description and other reviews do a very good job of explaining it. Instead, I thought it might be helpful to mention those parts of the book that were not included in the movie or that I thought the book’s treatment was superior (i.e. Book is Better) and those aspects of the movie that I thought were superior to the source material (i.e. Movie is Better). BOOK IS BETTER: 1. Prince Humperdinck’s Zoo of Death (not mentioned in the movie and I thought it was interesting and gave great insight into the character). 2. The Book does a much better job than the movie in describing Prince Humperdinck as a truly evil person and thus a top notch villain. 3. The book contains a whole Chapter on Inigo Montoya that provides details of his childhood and his Father’s original encounter with the Six Fingered Man (this is dealt with in a very brief conversation in the movie). I really enjoyed the expanded version. 4. The book also contains a whole chapter on Fezzik and shows his childhood and early years. This was excellent and I really liked learning about his trouble in adapting to deal with his enormous size. 5. The beginning of the book describes how Buttercup becomes the “most beautiful woman in the world” and the fate of the women in front of her. This is absolutely HYSTERICAL. I wish they would have found a way to incorporate this into the movie because it was very enjoyable. 6. All of the interruptions in the Narrative where the author is explaining why he cut out whole sections of the original Morgenstern novel (the fictional novel of which this novel was supposedly the abridged “good parts”) were very funny and made the book a unique experience. MOVIE IS BETTER: 1. I must begin with Miracle Max. The book is really good, but Billy Crystal was absolutely AMAZING (as was Carol Kane who played Miracle Max's wife). Crystal’s dialogue in the movie was better than the book and is a great example of making the original even better without messing with the feel of the story. 2. Wallace Shawn as Vizzini (pictured above) gives a truly great comic performance and made the Movie version of the character even more fun then the book version. All I kept hearing in my head whenever he was on stage in the book was him shouting INCONCEIVABLE!! 3. Similarly, Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya is another example of amazing casting that made the on screen version of the character even more fun than the book version. 4. The final scene between Westley and Prince Humperdinck was more fun in the movie than in the book. Bottom-line, if you have enjoyed the movie but have not read the book, I strongly recommend it. Similarly, if you have read the book and have not seen the movie, I strongly recommend that as well. Both are terrific.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    One of my all-time favorites! Long before the movie existed, I stumbled across this book in my college bookstore. This cover spoke to my YA fairy-tale-loving heart: So I bought it, without knowing a thing about the story. And the book was NOT what I was expecting. It was way, WAY better. If you love the movie, read the book ... and don't let yourself get bogged down in the long, offbeat intro. (Skim it if you need to.) You'll get a lot of background history on the various characters, which can be One of my all-time favorites! Long before the movie existed, I stumbled across this book in my college bookstore. This cover spoke to my YA fairy-tale-loving heart: So I bought it, without knowing a thing about the story. And the book was NOT what I was expecting. It was way, WAY better. If you love the movie, read the book ... and don't let yourself get bogged down in the long, offbeat intro. (Skim it if you need to.) You'll get a lot of background history on the various characters, which can be extremely funny, and a little poignant. The movie is in large part very true to the book, but William Goldman has a dry, satirical sense of humor that doesn't entirely come through in the movie. (The part about the Greatest Kisses Ever cracks me up every time.) But it's still about "Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions." And it's wonderful.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Evgeny

    “Cynics are simply thwarted romantics.” So true; I could not have said it better myself. Allow me to introduce myself: I am Evgeny and I hate beloved classics. In my justification I can only say this time I did not hate this book, I was just not impressed at all. So William Goldman's favorite book was The Princess Bride written by S. Morgenstern when he grew up. Way in his adulthood he found a copy of it and realized his father skipped the boring (or as S. Morgenstern's scholars call it, satirica “Cynics are simply thwarted romantics.” So true; I could not have said it better myself. Allow me to introduce myself: I am Evgeny and I hate beloved classics. In my justification I can only say this time I did not hate this book, I was just not impressed at all. So William Goldman's favorite book was The Princess Bride written by S. Morgenstern when he grew up. Way in his adulthood he found a copy of it and realized his father skipped the boring (or as S. Morgenstern's scholars call it, satirical) parts and if you read the whole thingy you would be torturing yourself in a way that makes hardcore masochists to pale, shake uncontrollably, and faint. So William Goldman rewrote the story dropping the boring satirical parts and faithfully copying the rest. Here comes the first problem I had with the book. Goldman removed the boring original pieces, but added his own instead. I could not care less about his flashbacks where he appeared to be full of himself. Once he explained the reasons for rewriting there was no more need for his own inclusions, it is not his autobiography after all. The first half of the book was lighthearted and funny. In particular the first chapter grabs you and do not let you go. By the mid-book the humor became darker and kept getting even darker as the story proceeded, to the point where I was not able to call it humor anymore. My guess is this only works for people that find mass shootings humorous. I freely admit it is not Goldman's fault and shift the blame to S. Morgenstern where it belongs. I can attribute another problem to the original author: as a heroine Buttercup is absolutely utterly useless. What do we know about her? Only that she was the most beautiful woman alive. Beautiful women are nice to look at, but after a while they become boring if they do not have any character to speak of - just like Buttercup. Not this Buttercup, by the way: Incidentally this cartoon character has more personality. Coming back to Goldman I find his selection of what to cut out to be questionable sometimes. For example, why did he choose to cut the scene of search for resurrection pill ingredients? It sounds to me interesting enough. As to the positive points I already mentioned the first chapter and the first half. The story is also full of great quotes ready to be used and abused - like people have done countless times already. Please refer to the first quote. Also who have not heard the following? This one became a meme a long time ago. I am not sure who of the two writers is responsible for the quotes. Let us say both equally. As to the plot everybody and their sister know it. Buttercup grew up on a farm where she fell in love with a local Farm Boy. Trying to make some money to get married the latter took a boat to America which was attacked by a pirate with reputation of taking no prisoners. Brokenhearted Buttercup agreed to marry a local prince with sadistic tendencies. Kidnappings, last-minute rescues, sword fencing, battle of wits, showmanship of brute strength, and other entertaining scenes followed. And then the second half of the book came. I do not want to talk about it. It is still not a bad novel, but I fail to see why people call it the best book since Johannes Gutenberg invented a printed press. In my opinion it is worth 3 stars - no more, no less. In other words, the good and the bad parts keep in perfect balance.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anzu The Great Destroyer

    I’m sorry Kate’s favorite book, but I must destroy you. Two stars. Yep, I am one of those people. Cynical. Have no heart. Have no good taste in books. Just want mindless action and independent sword-wielding women as main characters. Don’t like overpowered men. Nor women, for that matter. Don’t believe in love at first sight. Hate damsels in distress. Hate perfection. You get the point. Do you see why I didn’t like the book? Do you? Well, if you’ve read it you probably do. If you didn’t, then go I’m sorry Kate’s favorite book, but I must destroy you. Two stars. Yep, I am one of those people. Cynical. Have no heart. Have no good taste in books. Just want mindless action and independent sword-wielding women as main characters. Don’t like overpowered men. Nor women, for that matter. Don’t believe in love at first sight. Hate damsels in distress. Hate perfection. You get the point. Do you see why I didn’t like the book? Do you? Well, if you’ve read it you probably do. If you didn’t, then go ahead and read it. I dare you to read it. The Princess Bride started out as an entertaining read. Bill Goldman’s part in the story was a pleasant surprise, even though he didn’t seem like the kindest person out there, I found myself immersed in the story. When the so called “introduction” ended and the actual Princess Bride story began... well, my enthusiasm started to decrease. The more I read the more it decreased. “What were you expecting from a book called “The Princess Bride”?” my husband asked. Well, I thought it may be a parody of all those cheesy romance books that are way too popular than they deserve. Maybe I thought it was a new take on those romances, something that would make me say “Gee, this is one good romance novel. I sure feel silly for bashing the genre so much in my reviews.” I wanted more or less the same true-love-conquers-all story but with better characters. Yes, the characters are the ones who made me dislike the book. My main problem is Buttercup. Oh god how can I express the amount of hatred I feel for this girl? A gif? Would it be appropriate? Sure, why not? She was such a fucking idiot! I can’t believe it. I feel sad to know that the great super-ninja assassin Westley fell for her because she’s so hawt. Don’t worry, I hate Westley just as well, but the thought of everyone wanting to get Buttercup only because she’s incredibly beautiful makes me very angry. Yes, I know things were like that back then. Yes, I know this is not a new idea. Too many books have this “fairest of them all” crap. But that doesn’t change the fact that it makes me angry. Foam at the mouth. Rage. Want to tear things into pieces and then burn them. Yes, burn everything. Buttercup was what he thought of. Her autumn hair, her perfect skin, and he brought her very close beside him, and had her whisper in his ear throughout the burning: "I love you. I love you. I only left you in the Fire Swamp to test your love for me. Is it as great as mine for you? Can two such loves exist on one planet at one time? Is there that much room, beloved Westley? . . Barf. I can swallow this “fairest of them all” shit if the character has a purpose other than making beautiful, and hopefully male, babies. Well.. Buttercup didn’t. Surprised? No, you shouldn’t be. "Woman," Westley roared, "you are the property of the Dread Pirate Roberts and you . . . do . . . what . . . you're . . . told!" (Westley is the Dread Pirate Roberts so… yeah. There you go.) Westley… well my main problem with the dude is that he is overpowered. Sure, the ending made up for it, he did end up being a zombie and all that (ick, try kissing him now Buttercup) so he is not as perfect as one would think. Nice try, Goldman. Nice try. No. The dude is still too overpowered. He is a wannabe ninja who can master any art on his own and can train his mind into standing the most intense of pain. Take that sensei! No one can be better than the all-awesome Westley! NO ONE!! “Which pain will be least endurable? The physical, or the mental anguish of having freedom offered if the truth is told, then telling it and being thought a liar." "I think the physical," said the Prince. "I think you're wrong," said the Count. Actually, they were both wrong; Westley suffered not at all throughout. His screaming was totally a performance to please them; he had been practicing his defenses for a month now, and he was more than ready. Dude. Two words. Get real. I think the reason why I couldn’t enjoy this is the fact that I’m old and bitter. Ok, not as old as you would think, I’m merely 25 atm, but I think I would have enjoyed this more at an earlier age. The Princess Bride needs a decent amount of innocence in order to strike home. On the other hand, I wouldn’t let any children near it. It’s slightly too violent and full of fucked up people. But that’s just me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ EVERY STAR THERE IS TO STAR!!!!!! Yeah, a little bit. It’s also the best book in the history of ever. Sure it has a little kissing but it also has pirates and bad guys and swordsmen and giants and R.O.U.S.es I’m not writing a synopsis. I’m not writing a review. I’m just telling you if you have not already read it, read it now. You ask: “What if I don’t like it????” INCONCEIVABLE! If you read it, hate it, and hav Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ EVERY STAR THERE IS TO STAR!!!!!! Yeah, a little bit. It’s also the best book in the history of ever. Sure it has a little kissing but it also has pirates and bad guys and swordsmen and giants and R.O.U.S.es I’m not writing a synopsis. I’m not writing a review. I’m just telling you if you have not already read it, read it now. You ask: “What if I don’t like it????” INCONCEIVABLE! If you read it, hate it, and have the desire to 1 Star it or say bad things, you should probably unfriend me first. I might be inclined to light your ass up. Just kidding. Maybe. “Come my love, I'll tell you a tale Of a boy and girl and their love story And how he loved her oh so much And all the charms she did possess Now this did happen once upon a time When things were not so complex And how he worshipped the ground she walked And when he looked in her eyes he became obsessed This love was stronger than the powers so dark A prince could have within his kingdom His spells to weak and steal a heart Within her breast but only sleeping He said "Don't you know I love you oh so much And lay my heart at the foot of your dress?" She said "Don't you know that storybook love's Always have a happy ending?" Then he swooped her up just like in the books And on his stallion they rode away My love is like a storybook story But it's as real as the feelings I feel My love is like a storybook story But it's as real as the feelings I feel" ©Mark Knopfler

  13. 5 out of 5

    theburqaavenger➹

    Seriously read this book. If you haven't read this or watched the movie why are you even alive? It has: “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.” Since we don't need a review of this book (JUST READ IT!!) I took the job out of Nina's hands for the time being an Seriously read this book. If you haven't read this or watched the movie why are you even alive? It has: “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.” Since we don't need a review of this book (JUST READ IT!!) I took the job out of Nina's hands for the time being and decided to explain Hogwarts Houses with Princess Bride quotes: Gryffindor: Hufflepuff: Ravenclaw: Slytherin: Thank you for attending the Sorting Ceremony. Nina take your job back.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Blaine

    I smiled at him. How could he not like it? Passion. Duels. Miracles. Giants. True love. I am assuming you have seen this movie. If you somehow haven’t yet, stop reading this review right now, go watch the movie (I’ll lend you my copy) and then come back. I’ll wait. The list of books that are not as good as the movie is really short. I can think of seven. The Devil Wears Prada and The Perks of Being a Wallflower are books that weren’t good but were turned into good movies. Searching for Bobby Fi I smiled at him. How could he not like it? Passion. Duels. Miracles. Giants. True love. I am assuming you have seen this movie. If you somehow haven’t yet, stop reading this review right now, go watch the movie (I’ll lend you my copy) and then come back. I’ll wait. The list of books that are not as good as the movie is really short. I can think of seven. The Devil Wears Prada and The Perks of Being a Wallflower are books that weren’t good but were turned into good movies. Searching for Bobby Fischer, Jaws, and The Hunt for Red October are ok to good books that were turned into great movies. And two, The Silence of the Lambs and this book, The Princess Bride, are great books that were turned into all-time masterpiece-level movies. In the movie (which William Goldman wrote the screenplay for based upon this book), he used the framing device of the grandfather reading the story to his sick grandson. For a fairy tale, I think it’s better than the device in the book, which is more meta. William Goldman is a character in the story, at first explaining how it came to be that he had published a “good parts” abridgment of the (completely fictitious) Florinese classic book by S. Morgenstern. He then appears in fourth-wall breaking notes that pop up throughout the remainder of the book, making comments and explaining sections that he had edited out. But the core of the book—the fairy tale—is almost exactly as it is in the movie, and it’s wonderful. Westley and Buttercup. Fezzik, Inigo, and Vezzini. Humperdinck and Count Rugen. “As you wish.” “Inconceivable.” “I’m not left-handed.” “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.” William Goldman was a brilliant writer. He wrote a great, inventive, sarcastic fairy tale novel. He then took the “good parts” of the novel and wrote a absolutely classic movie.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Prince Humperdinck of Florin, an adept hunter but terrible human being, wants to start a war with the neighboring, equally tiny, kingdom of Guilder. To this end he schemes to marry a beautiful peasant lass named Buttercup, market her as Florin’s sweetheart, have her assassinated, and frame Guilder. In these machinations he is assisted by Count Rugen, a sadist obsessed with measuring pain. A trio of mercenaries—Vizzini the delusional windbag “dizzying intellect” from Sicily, Iñigo the master Spani Prince Humperdinck of Florin, an adept hunter but terrible human being, wants to start a war with the neighboring, equally tiny, kingdom of Guilder. To this end he schemes to marry a beautiful peasant lass named Buttercup, market her as Florin’s sweetheart, have her assassinated, and frame Guilder. In these machinations he is assisted by Count Rugen, a sadist obsessed with measuring pain. A trio of mercenaries—Vizzini the delusional windbag “dizzying intellect” from Sicily, Iñigo the master Spanish swordsman, and Fezzik the giant Turkish wrestler—are recruited to stage Buttercup’s abduction and dispose of her in the general neighborhood of Guilder. But as they traverse the Cliffs of Insanity, they are pursued by the Dread Pirate Roberts, a black-clad masked man whom no giant fist, well-wielded blade, or pompous brilliant mind can stop. Why is Buttercup so important to Roberts? Is he connected to Westley, Buttercup’s farm-boy sweetheart who sailed away years ago to seek his fortune? William Goldman’s novel, which satirizes old-fashioned swashbucklers and merrily bulldozes the fourth wall every other page, was published in 1975, but largely overshadowed by the 1987 film adaptation, wherein Goldman wrote the screenplay of his own novel. A central conceit of the story is that Goldman’s work is a mere abridged version of a longwinded epic by the fictitious S. Morgenstern. The layers of meta-commentary can feel a bit stifling; luckily the film dispenses with Goldman’s “scholarly” digressions, using a grandpa reading to his grandson as a framing device instead. The book is not quite as family-friendly as the movie. In one of the many forewords—this book has as many forewords as The Return of the King had endings—Goldman finds himself chatting up a bikini-clad woman one-third his age while he’s supposed to be buying his young son a birthday present (both the woman and the son are fictional). Then in the epilogue, “Buttercup’s Baby,” we see Buttercup teasing Westley into bed with her. It’s not graphic or salacious at all—quite tame by adult fiction standards, and substantially less horny than many a modern YA—but stuff like this is intrusive and weird when you remember that people show the movie to six-year-olds. Finally, while I thoroughly enjoyed Goldman’s asides at first, they can seriously disrupt the story’s flow at some points and become a chore to slog through. The multiple forwards are too long, especially combined. The Hollywood secrets and Morgenstern gags are hilarious in moderation, but I think he overused them. The funniest material by far is in the story proper, almost all of which made it into the film: "True love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops. Everyone knows that" ~Miracle Max (GIF unavailable) Also, Buttercup’s horse is named Horse. Goldman tells us she wasn’t very creative. The book I recommend for people who love the movie and are very patient. The movie I recommend for everyone. The jokes work beautifully on screen, and every character is perfectly cast. Watch it today!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Princess Bride, William Goldman The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner, starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant and Christopher Guest. Adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name, it tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by companions befriended along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odio The Princess Bride, William Goldman The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner, starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant and Christopher Guest. Adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name, it tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by companions befriended along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck. The film effectively preserves the novel's narrative style by presenting the story as a book being read by a grandfather (Peter Falk) to his sick grandson (Fred Savage). تاریخ نخستین بینش سالها پیش و سپس خوانش کتا روز یازدهم ماه آوریل سال 2017 میلادی عنوان کتاب: شاهزاده خانم تازه عروس؛ نویسنده: ویلیام گولدمن؛ مترجم: لیلا طاهری؛ تهران، فرهنگ نشر نو، 1395؛ در 391ص؛ شابک 9786008547020؛ عنوان: عروسی شاهدخت: داستان کلاسیک یک عشق واقعی و ماجراجویی‌های جذاب به قلم اصلی اس. مورگنسترن نسخه قسمت‌های خوب/ تلخیص از ویلیام گولدمن؛ ترجمه ليلا طاهری؛ ویراستار امیرحسین مهدی‌زاده؛ تهران : نشر همان، ‏‫1398؛ در 464ص؛ شابک 9786009822720؛ عنوان فیلم: عروس شاهزاده؛ کارگردان: راب ینر؛ تهیه‌ کننده: اندرو شینمن؛ فیلم‌نامه‌ نویس: ویلیام گولدمن؛ بر پایه: عروس شاهزاده؛ اثر: ویلیام گولدمن؛ بازیگران: کری الویس؛ رابین رایت؛ مندی پتینکین؛ آندری جیانت؛ کریس ساراندون؛ کریستوفر گست؛ والاس شاون؛ فرد سویج؛ پیتر فالک؛ بیلی کریستال؛ کارول کین؛ مل اسمیت؛ آن دایسن؛ پیتر کوک؛ راوی: پیتر فالک؛ موسیقی: مارک نافلر؛ فیلم‌ برداری: ایدرین بیدل؛ تدوین: رابرت لیتان؛ شرکت تولید؛ آ.سی.تی تری کامینیکیشن؛ توزیع‌ کننده: فاکس سده بیستم؛ و ...؛ کتاب «عروسی شاهدخت» اثری از «ویلیام گولدمن» با ترجمه خانم «لیلا طاهری» و چاپ انتشارات همدان است؛ این کتاب روایتگر داستانی حماسی، عاشقانه و پر ماجرا، به قلم نویسنده امریکایی است، که فیلمی موفق با اقتباس از آن ساخته شده است؛ داستانی شبیه به قصه های پریان با شخصیت های مختلف، از شاهزاده گرفته تا غول و دزدان دریایی؛ «باترکاپ» شخصیت اصلی کتاب است، دختری بسیار زیبا که توجه مردان فراوانی را جلب کرده، او درست وقتی که پی میبرد عاشق خدمتکار خانواده شان شده، مجبور میشود دوری اش را پذیرا شود، و در همین هجران است که دزدیده میشود، نجات داده میشود و به رغم علاقه قلبیش همسر شاهزاده «هامپردینک» میگردد. اینبار هم با یاری گروهی که پیش از این نجاتش داده بودند، از دست شاهزاده رها و با جنایتکاران و انسانهایی پلید آشنا میشود و در همین گیر و دار رویدادهای گوناگون بار دیگر وستلی را دیدار میکند؛ عشق حقیقی و نخستین خویش که اکنون رفیق صمیمی دزدان دریایی است گزیده ای از کتاب: وستلی، مرا دوست داری؟ موضوع همین است؟؛ وستلی نمیتوانست باور کند. «دوستت دارم؟ خدای من، اگر عشق تو یک دانه شن باشد، عشق من یک دنیا ساحل است. اگر عشق تو…»؛ باترکاپ حرفش را قطع کرد. «من هنوز اولی را نفهمیدم.» داشت خیلی هیجان زده میشد؛ «بگذار اول این را روشن کنیم. تو میگویی اگر عشق من به اندازه یک دانه شن است، عشق تو اینی است که میگویی؟ تصویرها مرا گیج میکنند، یعنی یک دنیا ساحل تو از شن من بزرگتر است؟ یاریم کن، وستلی. حس میکنم در آستانه چیز بی اندازه مهمی ام.»؛ «به خاطر تو همه ی این سالها تو کلبه ام ماندم؛ به خاطر تو خودم زبانهای مختلف یاد گرفتم؛ بدنم را قوی کردم چون فکر کردم ممکن است از بدن قوی خوشت بیاید؛ یک عمر با این آرزو زندگی کردم که اگر برای یک لحظه کوتاه هم شده، نگاهم کنی؛ در همه ی این سالها لحظه ای نبوده که دیدنت باعث نشود قلبم خودش را دیوانه وار به قفسه سینه ام بکوبد.شبی را یادم نمیآید که چهره ات مرا تا خواب همراهی نکرده باشد.صبحی وجود نداشته که چشمهایم را با خیال تو باز نکنم…؛ هیچ کدام از اینها را درک میکنی، باترکاپ یا میخواهی باز هم ادامه بدهم؟»؛ پایان نقل. ا. شربیانی

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Triad

    My kind of book: He held up a book then. “I'm going to read it to you for relax.” “Does it have any sports in it?” “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest Ladies. Snakes. Spiders... Pain. Death. Brave men. Cowardly men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles.” “Sounds okay,” I said. My kind of love: ‘I love you,’ Buttercup said. ‘I know this must come as something of a surprise to you, since all I've ever My kind of book: He held up a book then. “I'm going to read it to you for relax.” “Does it have any sports in it?” “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest Ladies. Snakes. Spiders... Pain. Death. Brave men. Cowardly men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles.” “Sounds okay,” I said. My kind of love: ‘I love you,’ Buttercup said. ‘I know this must come as something of a surprise to you, since all I've ever done is scorn you and degrade you and taunt you, but I have loved you for several hours now, and every second, more. I thought an hour ago that I loved you more than any woman has ever loved a man, but a half hour after that I knew that what I felt before was nothing compared to what I felt then. But ten minutes after that, I understood that my previous love was a puddle compared to the high seas before a storm.’ My kind of sacrifice and humbleness: “I've been saying it so long to you, you just wouldn't listen. Every time you said 'Farm Boy do this' you thought I was answering 'As you wish' but that's only because you were hearing wrong. 'I love you' was what it was, but you never heard.” My kind of heroes: “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!” And this book is definitely one of my favourite romantic books of all times! This is true love — you think this happens every day?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    The book was good, but I think the movie is better. They are very close to each other, but I think the movie cleaned it up quite a bit.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy

    “Good night, Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning.” Just a glimpse of The Princess Bride to wet your appetite. Wow, I loved it! The book is about true love and adventure. It has everything, as William Goldman describes in the beginning: “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest Ladies. Snakes. Spiders... Pain. Death. Brave men. Cowardly men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truth “Good night, Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning.” Just a glimpse of The Princess Bride to wet your appetite. Wow, I loved it! The book is about true love and adventure. It has everything, as William Goldman describes in the beginning: “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest Ladies. Snakes. Spiders... Pain. Death. Brave men. Cowardly men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles”. Despite setbacks and misfortune along the way, there is a feeling that everything will turn out all right in the end, and it does. But it’s also about friendship. Inigo, the greatest swordsman in the world, and Fezzik, the gentle giant that loved rhymes, are great! The scene when they go down the Zoo of Death together is memorable and shows how superb a writer Goldman is. “Two things happened: (1) The door, quite clearly, locked. (2) Out went the candles on the high walls. "DON'T BE FRIGHTENED!" Inigo screamed. "I'M NOT, I'M NOT!" Fezzik screamed.” So yes, read The Princess Bride and see the movie. Maybe even better than the book, hard to tell, as I saw it a long time ago. But it’s worth a rerun! Some other quotes I loved: “Now what happens?" asked the man in black. "We face each other as God intended," Fezzik said. "No tricks, no weapons, skill against skill alone." "You mean you'll put down your rock and I'll put down my sword and we'll try to kill each other like civilized people, is that it?” “People don't remember me. Really. It's not a paranoid thing; I just have this habit of slipping through memories. It doesn't bother me all that much, except I guess that's a lie; it does. For some reason, I test very high on forgettability.” And some more: “Love is many things none of them logical.” “Look. (Grow-ups skip this paragraph.) I'm not about to tell you this book has a tragic ending. I already said in the very first line how it is my favorite in all the world. But there's a lot of bad stuff coming up, torture you've already been prepared for, but there's worse. There's death coming up, and you better understand this: Some of the wrong people die. Be ready for it. This isn't Curious George Uses the Potty. Nobody warned me and it was my own fault (you'll see what I mean in a little) and that was my mistake, so I'm not letting it happen to you. The wrong people die, some of them, and the reason is this: life is not fair. Forget all the garbage your parents put out.” ___

  20. 5 out of 5

    veronica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I know there are people who LOOOOOOOVE the film, "The Princess Bride." While I thoroughly enjoy the movie, I think I may only LOOVE it. I mean, Inigo Montoya is FABULOUS and I really really dug Westley, and the pwiest was vewwy vewwy funny!!!! So, when someone was kind enough to lend me the book, I had relatively high expectations. Now, don't get me wrong, I wasn't disappointed in The Princess Bride, but I just wasn't thrilled or moved to laugh till I cry (which the movie sometimes can). First of I know there are people who LOOOOOOOVE the film, "The Princess Bride." While I thoroughly enjoy the movie, I think I may only LOOVE it. I mean, Inigo Montoya is FABULOUS and I really really dug Westley, and the pwiest was vewwy vewwy funny!!!! So, when someone was kind enough to lend me the book, I had relatively high expectations. Now, don't get me wrong, I wasn't disappointed in The Princess Bride, but I just wasn't thrilled or moved to laugh till I cry (which the movie sometimes can). First of all, let's get all English-major on this, and talk about the meta-layered frame narratives going on in this novel. Holy cow! First of all, keep in mind that the book's title is The Princess Bride, S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure. Basically, what Goldman does is this -- he tells his readers that the book they are holding in their hand (his book) is actually the abridgment of the original PB written by this invented author, Morgenstern. As a child, says Goldman (within the novel, not in the introduction or anything), his father read PB to him aloud, and the boy fell in love with the book. When, as a father himself, he attempted to pass on this beloved childhood novel to his very fat and very spoiled son, he is shocked to find out that the boy can't get into the book -- because it is too long and too boring! It turns out that Goldman's father, when reading to the boy, had skipped hundreds of pages of political and historical satire! So, when Goldman's own son attempted to read the book, he found it overly dry and long. This leads Goldman to undertake the task of abridging PB and basically re-publish the book as his father had read it to him -- just the adventure plot and the romance. While bearing this in mind, you must remember that Goldman is making all of this up. There is no Morgenstern, no original PB. The project in itself is quite interesting and it had me excited at reading a book that really messed with the reader's perception of narrator, of what's real and what isn't. Goldman often includes long parenthesis in which he bitches about his frigid wife or his snotty son, or over some of the stunted romantic liaisons that he failed at. All in all, I must say, that the actual narrator of PB comes off as an ego maniacal and pathetic loser who happens to have been the screenwriter for some awesome movies (think "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "Misery." (One interesting aside is the confrontation between Goldman and Stephen King over supposedly abridging the sequel to PB, called Buttercup's Baby, a conversation in which they discuss Kathy Bates' performance in "Misery.") Once you get over the self-loathing and self-loving that the narrator is indulging in while writing this book, you get to the actual storyline. Westley hearts Buttercup, but she is to be married to Prince Humperdink. Meanwhile, Inigo Montoya searches for his father's six-fingered murderer, Fezzik plods along like a dumb giant, and about 300 pages into the novel, these 2 team up with Westley in an attempt to steal Buttercup away from Humperdink. The good news is that some of the movie's best scenes are taken verbatim from the book. Inigo Montoya is as fabulous here as he is in the movie. Actually, even more so, because you get a pretty in depth history of his childhood, his training, his thought process. He is by far the most interesting character in the novel. The scene with Miracle Max is also as rewarding as it is in the movie, and the funniest scene in the book is the marriage (mawwiage) scene. Still, a couple interesting scenes do not a great novel make, and for once, I may have found a book that I enjoyed less than its film adaptation! Ring the bells and sound the alarms!! Ah, and I see God is agreeing with me! I have just looked out of our great scenic window, and the most BEAUTIFUL rainbow has just appeared. To wrap up, I must say that I was left a bit deflated by The Princess Bride. It has a little zing, a little sappy romance, and a little adventure, but overall, I think I approached it about 15 years too late. Had I read it when I was 10, I'm sure it would still to this day be one of my favorites. P.S. Take one "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." Repeat until it becomes unnerving. Result -- the best scene in the novel and the film, by a landslide. Oh, Inigo. I love you. And in this book, only you. I should pull a Goldman and abridge The Princess Bride and leave in only Inigo's part, and add on to his story line. Food for thought!

  21. 4 out of 5

    MacK

    I'm a little biased when it comes to this book. Yes, I saw the movie first and it made me happier than anything I've ever seen before or since. Yes, I do consider how much a person likes The Princess Bride before determining how good a friend to be with them. (I don't insist on it, but it can queer a good friendship) I'm not alone in this, but I do share a similar affinity for the book, despite discrepancies that may make others blanche. And even for me Fezzik will always be a Frenchman and not a I'm a little biased when it comes to this book. Yes, I saw the movie first and it made me happier than anything I've ever seen before or since. Yes, I do consider how much a person likes The Princess Bride before determining how good a friend to be with them. (I don't insist on it, but it can queer a good friendship) I'm not alone in this, but I do share a similar affinity for the book, despite discrepancies that may make others blanche. And even for me Fezzik will always be a Frenchman and not a Turk, and Goldman's "Zoo of Death" will be forever confused with "The Pits of Despair" but these are minor points. The fact is that Goldman is a hell of a writer. The movie is great because it uses his screenplay wonderfully. The book is fantastic becasue he employs all his talents. He is a master of dialogue (what else would you expect from a man with two screenplay Oscars?), he details setting and character with a few quick flashes of his pen, and he has enough acerbic wit to have created what is, at once, both a brilliant satire of fairy tales and a compellingly readable fairy tale in its own right. One of the surprising things is that Goldman sticks so doggedly to the conceit that there is an S. Mogenstern, a country called Florin, and that the novel is at once really "abridged" rather than written by him, and that everything actually does happen. That becomes a trifle irritating, you almost want the man to admit that: "yes, I am the man, I did write something that is beloved and adored and will be passed down from generation to generation, just as I claimed this book was passed down to me. Only, it is all me. My imagination, my genius, bow down and praise me!" But he doesn't. And that, though irritating, is actually one of the best things about the book. Goldman himself suspends his disbelief and forces us to do the same. Imagination takes hold at the beginning and our immersion in it makes every page, every quip tantalizing to behold and easy to savor.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Echo

    I feel the need to gush. I've set aside the many books I want to read for the moment in favor of rereading this one. I loved it when I read it way back in about the sixth grade, so I thought it was time I give it another shot. As much as I loved it as a kid, I love it more now. Maybe because I can appreciate it on different levels. I'm only about halfway through on my reread, but I've come to the conclusion that Goldman is a genius. The story, characters, and dialogue are impressive enough, but t I feel the need to gush. I've set aside the many books I want to read for the moment in favor of rereading this one. I loved it when I read it way back in about the sixth grade, so I thought it was time I give it another shot. As much as I loved it as a kid, I love it more now. Maybe because I can appreciate it on different levels. I'm only about halfway through on my reread, but I've come to the conclusion that Goldman is a genius. The story, characters, and dialogue are impressive enough, but then you add in the whole bit about Morgernstern. I mean, here Goldman wrote this amazing story, and then he makes up a story about another man who wrote the story. Then he makes up a fictional story about his father reading him this story written by someone else, and later about his process of "abridging" the story. He even makes up a fictional wife and son who play their own parts in this. He throws in asides written by himself, and asides written by Mogernstern, and asides written by himself about the asides written by Morgernstern. He claims to have written a reunion scene that readers can request to have sent to them by the publisher, and when people did write in for it, Goldman sent them back a letter all about the legal reasons he could not send them the scene - all fictional, of course. (The man had me going for years. I read this thing when I was in sixth grade, mind you. I didn't realize there was no S. Morgernstern until I was in college.) Anyway, while I was absolutely enthralled with this book, it occured to me today that I would put it on par with some of the greats, like Twain. The literary devices, the story, the wit, the satire (I think he's even satiric regarding satire itself) - I don't care if it got turned into a silly movie with a cult following*, I think this one of the few modern books I've read that I'd call Literature. Plus, you know, it's also an amazing story. Zoo of Death, the most beautiful woman in the world, the Dread Pirate Roberts, a prince plotting murder to start a war, a hunchback criminal mastermind, a giant, the greatest swordfighter on the planet, true love, revenge . . . who doesn't love that sort of thing? The man is a genius. * No disrespect of the movie intended. It's good. Mind you, it was the first movie I'd watched that I'd read the book first, and it devastated me. I mean it absolutely broke my heart. None of the charactes looked right. Everything was changed. The sharks were turned into eels. This person spoke a line meant for that person. Things were left out. It was all wrong. It just wasn't the book and I didn't like it. I've resigned myself to it since then, and admitted that yes, the movie is good and I forgive it it's shortcomings. It did the best it could. The movie can't help it it's not as amazing as the book. There are so many things that just can't be translated to film, and there's no help for it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elle (TheBookishActress)

    I hate saying this but the movie is legitimately better. This book at times felt like an odd first draft of my favorite movie to me—quotes that I loved in the movie are somehow delivered in a manner that is rather oddly unfunny. I think this might be a case of the movie ruining it a bit for me... but also, I doubt I would've ever loved the movie as much if I had read this first. I read this from someone who’s read the book before: do not read the 20th-anniversary introduction. As someone who rea I hate saying this but the movie is legitimately better. This book at times felt like an odd first draft of my favorite movie to me—quotes that I loved in the movie are somehow delivered in a manner that is rather oddly unfunny. I think this might be a case of the movie ruining it a bit for me... but also, I doubt I would've ever loved the movie as much if I had read this first. I read this from someone who’s read the book before: do not read the 20th-anniversary introduction. As someone who read it unwittingly I can confirm it’s fifty pages long and not good. Also, and I wish I had something better to say about this--the framing device is so obsessed with the fact that his son is fat and it gets really distasteful. It’s not even funny in the first place. I feel the same way about the Buttercup's Baby outro, which just felt like it ruined my childhood a bit (it kills off a character? I think temporarily? But it still kills off a character? It's also just still not funny?) I genuinely think without the intro and outro making me feel like I wanted to kill William Goldman I probably would've liked this a lot more. As it was, they just made me feel a weird sort of animosity towards the author, not for ruining his book but for thinking he's funny enough for me to read a 50-page backstory about him finding this book and reading to his son (who is fat, I don't know if you heard. did you know that?). Here are some things I did enjoy about this book: →The timeless feeling to the story →The feeling of the story within a story, the edited version of an obsessed-with-beauty fairy tale, is fun →Inigo Montoya you killed my father prepare to die is still iconic →Fezzik’s backstory!! I liked that a lot!! →Westley is way more useless at the beginning of this book and I thought that was funny →Humperdink is a little different from the movie but equally amusing →Buttercup has some character development! Not a lot but some fun stuff! →I love you so much more now than twenty minutes ago that there cannot be comparison. I love you so much more now than when you opened your hovel door, there cannot be comparison. There is no room in my body for anything but you. My arms love you, my ears adore you, my knees shake with blind affection. My mind begs you to ask it something so it can obey. I have mixed feelings on this and I really wish I hadn't read the intro now. Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify | Youtube | About |

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This book was so fun!! I actually believed it's an abridged book, Goldman totally got me! I liked the way he wrote The Princess Birde. The silly humor, the amazing characters, the wonderful story, everything was so damn entertaining!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

    DNF at 60%. How do you even begin to review a much-loved classic when you didn’t even manage to finish it? I tried. I really tried to like this book. But no, it just wouldn’t happen. To think this is Kate Daniels’ favourite book! To think the Beast Lord himself tells her “as you wish” at the end of Magic Burns! Why oh why couldn’t I like this book?! Oh well, I guess it can’t be helped. So, let’s start from the beginning. I had a problem with this particular edition from the very first pages. First DNF at 60%. How do you even begin to review a much-loved classic when you didn’t even manage to finish it? I tried. I really tried to like this book. But no, it just wouldn’t happen. To think this is Kate Daniels’ favourite book! To think the Beast Lord himself tells her “as you wish” at the end of Magic Burns! Why oh why couldn’t I like this book?! Oh well, I guess it can’t be helped. So, let’s start from the beginning. I had a problem with this particular edition from the very first pages. First we have the introduction to the 30th edition: I read it and thought “wow that was tedious, this Goldman is pretty full of himself isn’t he?” Okay, so here I am ready to enjoy the story. But no, not happening. First you have to read the introduction to the 25th edition. Seriously? The first introduction wasn’t annoying enough so the publishers decided to add a second one? Oookay… I know I should have skipped it but I didn’t: more presumptuous blabbering courtesy of Goldman. Who does this guy think he is anyway?! I must admit, I wasn’t in the best disposition when I started reading the actual story, which probably didn’t help. Soooo, I finally get to the story, yay! Except not. Before you read the story you have to suffer through Goldman’s explanation as to why he supposedly decided to retell Morgenstern's tale. I understand this is part of the story too and it’s not completely uninteresting but at this point I just wanted to read to the freaking Princess Bride! No more Goldman talking about Goldman! And so the story begins! Surprising as it may sound, I loved it at first. Well, I loved the first chapter. Then it all went downhill pretty fast, or, as we French put it, it collapsed like a soufflé. To put it plainly: I was bored to death (I said that already didn’t I?) and I didn’t like the characters at all. Buttercup: beautiful (yes I got that the first time you wrote it, no need to re-hash every two seconds) and utterly useless. I like my heroines badass and butt-kicking (too much UF I’m afraid) so Buttercup and I were on a collision course from the start. Westley: is this guy for real? Doesn’t he have a single flaw? I mean, how perfect can you get? Boring, boring, boring. Come to think of it, what bothered me most here is that the whole thing was so completely, absolutely cliché from beginning to end (which is quite ironic when you think of it, since the story is supposed to be a parody of the genre). I guess I should have thought twice about reading the book because it is, after all, a fairytale. Strangely enough, I was expecting a fairytale with a twist, something that would make it less… fairytale-y I guess. Don’t know why. I did see the movie when it first came out and enjoyed it (as far as I can remember). Then again, I was only a teenager at the time and the whole damsel in distress thing might have appealed to me then. So there you have it. I didn’t like it. I don’t even know why I’m giving it two stars since I didn’t even finish it. Oh well, I might not be a fairytale kind of girl but I too have a heart. Make of it what you will.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I consider "The Princess Bride" as one of my all-time favorite films. I think I was about 11 when I first saw the movie and a score or more later, the love of Buttercup and Wesley still brings warmth to my heart. Besides this, how could I forget Inigo Montoya? Mandy Patinkin immortalized this character with his delivery of the famous line, "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father... Prepare to die!" Sigh! I think the book is almost as good. Rarely do I favor the movie version over a book b I consider "The Princess Bride" as one of my all-time favorite films. I think I was about 11 when I first saw the movie and a score or more later, the love of Buttercup and Wesley still brings warmth to my heart. Besides this, how could I forget Inigo Montoya? Mandy Patinkin immortalized this character with his delivery of the famous line, "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father... Prepare to die!" Sigh! I think the book is almost as good. Rarely do I favor the movie version over a book but this one is an exception. The movie just made the tale come to life beautifully. Still, I did enjoy reading the book and I think it deserves to shine in its own right. If you haven't heard about this tale (only God knows why), just with the title alone, you can tell that this book is fairytale. And you're right, it is, but it's a fairytale that pushes the boundaries of the genre. So time and again, when you think you know how things might turn out based on typical fairytale tropes, this one messes with your expectations. The narrative is a bit unusual, and so is the story of the princess bride herself and the various men ensnared in her plot line. The tone is humorous and could be quite shallow but let's be honest, a super cool plot is what keeps us interested in a story most of the time, and that's exactly what Goldman wants to celebrate in this book. This may not be considered great literature, though it clearly has staying power, but that's kind of Goldman's point: read for the pure joy of getting lost in a story. So if you like giants, sword fights, and overgrown rats, or you just enjoy a book that messes with your head a bit, read "The Princess Bride" and join its legion of fans!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    The Princess Bride by William Goldman and read by ROB REINER, what could be better than that! I loved the movie which was so corny and funny that I think is certainly a classic by now. I have watched it a hundred times and all my kids have grown up with it and one of my grown sons has a shirt with a 'My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die" name tag on the tee. It is too funny. What is funny is that everyone knows what it means when he wears it! The book is just as great i The Princess Bride by William Goldman and read by ROB REINER, what could be better than that! I loved the movie which was so corny and funny that I think is certainly a classic by now. I have watched it a hundred times and all my kids have grown up with it and one of my grown sons has a shirt with a 'My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die" name tag on the tee. It is too funny. What is funny is that everyone knows what it means when he wears it! The book is just as great if not better, and with Rob Reiner reading it is keeps the great hilarity going. The giant rats, the craziness, the love story, the sword play, the silliness just goes on. It was refreshing to hear. I normally don't listen to books because I read so fast, I can have six books or more finished in the time it takes to finish an audio but I wanted to hear it. So, I rented it from the library and played it around the house. I don't regret it at all. I giggled and giggled. I read the book YEARS ago but it had been soooo long ago so I just wanted to 'read' it again. Thanks Mr Goldman for the funny book and Mr Reiner for keeping it that way!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    ETA: Re-read 01/28/2015 Wow, I haven't read this book in about five years and I forgot a lot of things about it. For one thing, this time I read the 30th anniversary edition. For another thing, I read it cover to cover instead of skipping over Goldman's "this is my life" crap. I don't like reading his thoughts. I'm not as enamored of this book as I was when I was younger (I used to have the whole first chapter (The Bride) memorized). Things strike me now that didn't in, let us say, more innocent y ETA: Re-read 01/28/2015 Wow, I haven't read this book in about five years and I forgot a lot of things about it. For one thing, this time I read the 30th anniversary edition. For another thing, I read it cover to cover instead of skipping over Goldman's "this is my life" crap. I don't like reading his thoughts. I'm not as enamored of this book as I was when I was younger (I used to have the whole first chapter (The Bride) memorized). Things strike me now that didn't in, let us say, more innocent years. :) For one thing, Westley slaps Buttercup's face, and I just can't brook that kind of behavior. As my good friend always says, "There's scum, and then there's men who hit women." Yeah. Especially with all the "true love" stuff thrown in. So, we've established that Westley is the kind of man scum who lays hands on a woman, and we've got problems with Buttercup herself - she's like a beautiful brainless Barbie. And she's stupid and selfish and basically useless in any kind of crisis, I was so angry with her for leaving Westley to the wolves (metaphorically) when they get out of the Fire Swamp. But at least she suffered greatly for it in the days leading up to her marriage to Humperdinck. It seems like Westley got off scot-free. Such a big deal is made out of Buttercup's beauty that it makes me uncomfortable. If she was plainer, would Westley have fallen in love with her? There's not much to her besides being gorgeous. She's not even particularly kind or noble and she has no skills. It makes me upset in books when it is obvious a person is "in love" with another person solely on the basis of their physical appearance. I wish I could say there was more to Buttercup and Westley than this, but there really isn't. And she only loves Westley because he's good-looking and obedient. Lastly, it's a satire. I should lighten up, right? LOL Well, as you've noticed, this is a five-star book for me. Even though it's lost something since I first read it, it's always been a beloved book of mine and I own a yellowed, battered, well-loved copy. It's always going to have a special place in my heart. ETA: 02/08/2015 Sorry, I can't keep this on my "favorites" shelf or keep the five-star rating. It's not the book I thought it was years and years ago.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Roel ✿

    I don't think I need to give a synopsis of The Princess Bride at this point — I can't remember a time when I didn't know every single twist and turn of the plot, and I'm sure the same goes for you. If you have no idea, please watch the movie. Or read the book. Or just give Mark Knopfler's soundtrack a listen. I have always loved the characters in this story: Westley the farm boy with his meaningful words 'as you wish', the charming Inigo Montoya with his fencing skills and his quest to find the s I don't think I need to give a synopsis of The Princess Bride at this point — I can't remember a time when I didn't know every single twist and turn of the plot, and I'm sure the same goes for you. If you have no idea, please watch the movie. Or read the book. Or just give Mark Knopfler's soundtrack a listen. I have always loved the characters in this story: Westley the farm boy with his meaningful words 'as you wish', the charming Inigo Montoya with his fencing skills and his quest to find the six-fingered man, the sweet giant Fezzik and his love for rhymes, old Miracle Max and his wife, smart Sicilian Vizzini and his frequent use of his favourite word... “Inconceivable!" "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Along with extremely amusing and witty writing, Goldman gave us a fast-paced and delightful parody on the romance genre. It's sappy and cheesy and full of clichés, but that is exactly what it's supposed to be. The only thing that didn't sit well with me was Buttercup's character. In the book she is useless, lazy, and mind-numbingly stupid, which wasn't at all what I expected. I'm not here to talk about the film, but I'm so glad Goldman gave her some spark in the adaptation. The fact that this book offered backstories I never knew I needed was a huge plus. Inigo was already my favourite character, but the story of his life in Spain with his father Domingo brought him to life even more. Fezzik's backstory also contributed a lot; it gave reason to his fear of loneliness and offered a whole new perspective of his character. Having these backstories in the back of my mind, Inigo and Fezzik's friendship felt stronger and ended up being the most heart-warming thing in this book. Inigo looked at him. "You mean you'll forgive me completely for saving your life if I completely forgive you for saving mine?" "You're my friend, my only one." "Pathetic, that's what we are," Inigo said. "Athletic." "That's very good," Inigo said, so Fezzik knew they were fine again. I found Goldman's writing style to be quite messy, but it definitely increased the speed of my reading. Also, the writing didn't necessarily need to be poetic or anything grand; the storyline itself has the strength to lodge itself into your heart and stay with you anyway. This book was charming and sweet and the perfect comfort read, and I love love love it. --------------- Additional Notes: - New addition to my bucket list: Visit the Cliffs of Moher and swordfight the air pretending to be the man in black - If you're planning to read this book, please skip the introduction and Buttercup's Baby. Spare yourself the trouble.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Petra-X

    I absolutely loved The Silent Gondoliers. It was just a perfect gem in every way, 5 stars was not enough reward for it's brilliance. With that in mind I was hyped to read The Princess Bride and not ready at all for the experience. When I lived in Jerusalem I used to leave the snowy heights in winter for the perpetual summer of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, about an hour away. Swimming was impossible, the water buoyed you up, rejected you even so that body parts were impossible to keep I absolutely loved The Silent Gondoliers. It was just a perfect gem in every way, 5 stars was not enough reward for it's brilliance. With that in mind I was hyped to read The Princess Bride and not ready at all for the experience. When I lived in Jerusalem I used to leave the snowy heights in winter for the perpetual summer of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, about an hour away. Swimming was impossible, the water buoyed you up, rejected you even so that body parts were impossible to keep submerged. It was such fun, an amazing experience, something really special. After that I would run for the deep pools of fresh spring water to wash the salt off my skin. You jump in and sink to the bottom. It is a shock to the brain after the floating on the Dead Sea. You can't prepare yourself for the sinking, it is like an optical illusion, but a sensory one instead. And so it was with the Princess Bride. For me, it just sank like a stone beneath the consciousness of the fun and perfection of the Silent Gondoliers. There you go. Maybe I will watch the film one day, I hear it is better.

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