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THE PRINCESS BRIDE: S. MORGENSTERN'S CLASSIC TALE OF TRUE LOVE AND… (original 1973; edition 1973)

by William Goldman

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Title:THE PRINCESS BRIDE: S. MORGENSTERN'S CLASSIC TALE OF TRUE LOVE AND HIGH ADVENTURE (The 'good parts' version)
Authors:William Goldman
Info:Harcourt Brace (1973), Edition: First, Hardcover
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Tags:fantasy, fiction, books made into films

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The Princess Bride by William Goldman (1973)

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My favorite part is the part with Miracle Max. The movie's casting director sure did a great job choosing Billy Crystal for that part!! :) ( )
  KatieCarella | Apr 12, 2014 |
The Princess Bride by William Goldman is a satirical romantic fairy tale. A young girl named Buttercup falls in love with the farm hand Westly. After she declares her love to him, Westly leaves to seek his fortune promising to send for her. When Buttercup receives news that Westly's ship was attacked by a pirate that is known to leave no survivors she is inconsolable. When the local prince learns of Buttercup's beauty he orders her to marry him or face death and seems not the least bit concerned that Buttercup will never love him. Shortly after the engagement Buttercup is kidnapped as part of a conspiracy to start a war.

I found the story a bit hard to get into at first but it picks up after the first couple of chapters. I would say that I didn't find the book to be quite as funny as the movie, but I think that's just because the actors really bring out the humor with the inflections of their voices and the way they say the lines. I found it really enjoyable though to read the background stories of some of the characters that they really don't go into in the movie. One thing about the book that's a little annoying is that the author as a narrator often interrupts the story and goes off on tangents. Some of it is amusing and often starts out as sort of relating to what is going on in the book, but tends to end up far off course before you return to the actual story. Overall I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who has seen the movie or anyone who enjoys humorous fairy tale like stories with plenty of action, adventure, and romance.

One final thing I want to mention is that there is no unabridged version of this book. No matter how much the author tells you that he abridged a story originally written by S. Morgenstern, don't believe him. This is merely a humorous plot device and there is no such person as S. Morgenstern(though the author has used it as a pseudonym in other works). Many details of the author's life in the introduction to this book are also completely fabricated. ( )
  Kythe42 | Apr 8, 2014 |
1. Wesley Wesley Wesley Wesley,The Countess,Count Rugen,buttercups mom and dad...........
2.Buttercup is jealous without her realising ,she also was a little deaf ,and also very pretty but she doesn't know it,she is also a dirty and a stubborn person,she is also VERY bossy.
3.(1)i enjoyed the suspense of the story(2)I also loved that there were surprises in the story(3)It was a very interesting book to read.
4.It was an old cow farm with a small stable in a small village in the 1990's and it was one of the most successful successful farm in the
  RishiK | Apr 8, 2014 |
Adam's Review (4 Stars): Why only 4 stars here? The text of the story "The Princess Bride" and its sequel "Buttercup's Baby" are true gems of literature. True, I love the movie more, but only because it's one of my favorite films ever. The other stuff in the book, which I have come to describe as "fictional non-fiction", goes on for WAY too long. I understand that Goldman is trying very hard to complete a satirical picture of how Morgenstern's novel had been adapted from the original "Florinese". The only problem with this is that Morgenstern never really existed AND Florin is not a real place. If these parts were true non-fiction, they may have been enjoyable, but as they are presented in a overly exaggerated satirical way, they just take away from the overall feel of the book.
One last note: Mr. Goldman, please finish "Buttercup's Baby"! The first chapter, included here, is WONDERFUL, and shows great promise as the beginnings of a great sequel.
High Recommend. ( )
  LaneLiterati | Apr 7, 2014 |
So charming! Read the book, then watch the movie!
http://www.fantasyliterature.com/fantasy-author/goldmanwilliam/ ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
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The book is clearly a witty, affectionate send-up of the adventure-yarn form, which Goldman obviously loves and knows how to manipulate with enormous skill.
 

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D'Achille, GinoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Green, NormanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Manomivibul, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.
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Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!
Death cannot stop true love. It can just delay it for a while.
As you wish.
Life isn't fair. It's just fairer that death.
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
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Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts - who never leaves survivors - her heart is broken. But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humperdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup. So starts a fairytale like no other, of fencing, fighting, torture, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, hunters, bad men, good men, beautifulest ladies, snakes, spiders, beasts, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passion and miracles.
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Fractured fairy tale
"Life's not fair" is the point, but
True love never dies

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345348036, Mass Market Paperback)

The Princess Bride is a true fantasy classic. William Goldman describes it as a "good parts version" of "S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure." Morgenstern's original was filled with details of Florinese history, court etiquette, and Mrs. Morgenstern's mostly complimentary views of the text. Much admired by academics, the "Classic Tale" nonetheless obscured what Mr. Goldman feels is a story that has everything: "Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles."

Goldman frames the fairy tale with an "autobiographical" story: his father, who came from Florin, abridged the book as he read it to his son. Now, Goldman is publishing an abridged version, interspersed with comments on the parts he cut out.

Is The Princess Bride a critique of classics like Ivanhoe and The Three Musketeers, that smother a ripping yarn under elaborate prose? A wry look at the differences between fairy tales and real life? Simply a funny, frenetic adventure? No matter how you read it, you'll put it on your "keeper" shelf. --Nona Vero

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Presents the timeless love story between a farm boy named Westley and the beautiful Princess Buttercup, along with the author's comments on life and art as he attempts to edit the children's classic.

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