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The Princess Bride : S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
William Goldman's modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests—for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love—that's thrilling and timeless.
Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you'll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that's home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.”
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1 . Love it!
Posted December 14, 2010 by L , PDXThis book is so much fun! Anyone who loves the movie, will love the book.
2 . Better than the Film!
Posted April 22, 2010 by Samuel Genoese , LancasterThis book is one of my favorite works of fiction! In response to the first review, and for anyone else with this misconception, the book is written AS IF it were an abridged version of a real book. S. Morgenstern did not exist. This IS the real book. Do not let Goldman's incredible writing fool you into believing otherwise! For those who HAVE seen the film: I believe this book is much better than the film. Don't get me wrong, the film is one of my favorites. However, the book captures all the emotional elements a movies cannot; let alone the fact that the book contains far more plot detail and events. For those who have NOT seen the film: I don't know whether to suggest seeing the movie or reading the book first. The film can almost be considered an abridged version of the book, so, you don't misses out on TOO much content.
Essentially, figure out whether you are the type who likes introductions before delving into a world or the type who likes to simply plunge in, and DO IT! To clarify my opening statement: there is a large misconception that William Goldman is not the original author of this book. Many believe that S. Morgenstern, the supposed real author, wrote the book which was later abridged by William Goldman. This is FALSE. Goldman IS the original author (S. Morgenstern did not exist), deliberately writing his book in a way suggesting to the reader that the tale comes from something more. I believe this is one of the elements that made it such a wonderful book. I could analyze the book all day, but eventually it comes down to being a witty, humorous, and intelligent book that, like its film counterpart, never seems to lose its charm. Once again, this book is one of my favorites and I would recommend it to anyone! Remember: Enjoy this book's unique sense of humor!
3 . Not what I expected
Posted January 06, 2010 by Rebecca , HuntingtonI was hoping for the book "The Princess Bride." This is more like the author telling about his experience with the book "The Princess Bride". I am sure it is a very informative read, just not what I had hoped.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
October 07, 2007
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