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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
PRAISE FOR THE PRINCESS BRIDE "[Goldman's] swashbuckling fable is nutball funny . . . A 'classic' medieval melodrama that sounds like all the Saturday serials you ever saw feverishly reworked by the Marx Brothers." --Newsweek
"One of the funniest, most original, and deeply moving novels I have read in a long time." --Los Angeles Times
Fabulous book. I had never read it or watched the movie, so just decided to purchase the book to include in my library. I enjoyed it very much. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Cox
This is now a classic tale of swashbuckler fantasy, with a dollop of humour thrown in for good measure. Most people are probably more familiar with the movie. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bootsy Bass
My FAVE story! Well worth buying, as its different than the AMAZING movie...but worth getting!Published 4 months ago by Buyer Lady
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The Princess Bride novel formed the basis for the film of the same name. Read more
I love the movie, and the book behind the movie is a hoot: a book within a book telling both the tale and the alleged back story of S. Morgenstern. Brilliant.Published 11 months ago by Donald E Read
I borrowed this book for a road-trip from central Alberta to the Redwoods in southern Orgeon. I developed terrible strep-throat, and my beau read me this book every single night... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dawn Doell