Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by: William Goldman: review

yes guys. It's official. I have returned :D

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

by: William Goldman

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.

From Me:

I love this book. Bottom line.

If you've seen the movie then you know the general story, but the book is at least ten times better. I really enjoyed not only the story with Buttercup and Westley and everything, but reading William Goldman's extra parts of the story - his opinions on things and little comments about various subject matter throughout the book made me smile.

I love all of the characters in this book - even the villans had something about them that made me love hating them. There were so many lines that had me cracking up. It was like everything said had something funny about it.

How much I loved this book was really, in the words of Vizzini, "Inconceivable!" I thought I'd like it, but not love it as much as I do now. I have a kind of list of books I plan to read to my future children - and this one has become very high on that list, preferably when one is sick. :D

I say go and invest in the Princess Bride and read to your heart's content.

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