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
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456 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. FICTION. A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts-The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic. "A witty, affectionate send-up of the adventure-yarn form, which Goldman obviously loves and knows how to manipulate withe enormous skill."-The New York Times Book Review (Key Words: Adventure Stories, William Goldman, Fiction).
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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