Now a cult classic, this story of pirates, evil princes, sorcerers, and, most importantly, true love is handsomely repackaged in a commemorative 25th anniversary hardcover.Now a cult classic, this story of pirates, evil princes, sorcerers, and, most importantly, true love is handsomely repackaged in a commemorative 25th anniversary hardcover.Read Less
Very good in good dust jacket. 308 p. NY, Harcourt Brace & Jovanovich, 1973. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition Good+. 1st Edition. First American Edition, First Printing, foxing on the edges, the book has a slight spine lean, the bright red dust jacket is price-clipped and a touch of rubbing with sunstantial chipping.
Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket. 0151730857. Grey cloth, red black lettering on spine. Stated First Edition, with B C D E line on copyright page. With type in both black and red inside. Mustard-colored endpapers. Name on front endpaper; light soiling at edges of pages; corners lightly bumped. DJ with 7.95 price on flap. Light rubbing and edgewear; tiny chips at corners.; 8.11 X 5.43 X 0.87 inches.
Very Good in Good jacket. 0151730857 Very nice condition first edition with grey boards. Contents are tight and clean. Inscription on ffep "Happy Birthday Lee Ann Ruth". The title page states "First Edition BCDE". Text in black and red. Price on dust jacket $7.95. Jacket has a 1" closed tear on spine, a fold at the upper inner corner 1 1/2" long and a couple of tiny nicks at the top of the spine. Red jacket with the circular picture of the castle. Photos upon request.
There are not enough exclamation points to express how great this book is!!!!! The tongue-in-check introductions from the anniversary editions are just as much fun to read as the book itself!!! Absolutely great read!!!!!
Jan 25, 2010
An interesting satire
This was definitely a unique kind of story with hilarious satiric wit (if you like that kind of humor). Goldman peppers his narrative with mix-ups of Biblical stories and theological non sequitors, notes on why he "abridged this part of the original Morgenstern novel", and complaints about how his editor wouldn't let him change this-and-such. Reading through these last got tedious after the first two page-long notes, though his italicized remarks on what his reactions were when "his father read the book to him" when he was little were amusing.
Though for the most part the movie version of "The Princess Bride" follows the book, there are significant differences - instead of having his Pit of Despair, Prince Humperdinck has a Zoo of Death; Princess Buttercup's feelings toward Westley actually develop through the story; and the back stories of Inigo, the revenge-obsessed Spaniard, and Fezzik, the slow-witted giant, are told in detail.
The book raises more moral problems than does the movie version, and this was specifically what brought the rating down, as well as the occasional swearing and its irreverence toward God. It is not a book meant to be original: it is a book making fun of a completely cliche storyline...and it does a good job at that.
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