The Princess Bride

The Princess BrideWhat Happens When The Most Beautiful Girl In The World Marries The Handsomest Prince Of All Time And He Turns Out To Bewella Lot Less Than The Man Of Her Dreams As A Boy, William Goldman Claims, He Loved To Hear His Father Read The S Morgenstern Classic, The Princess Bride But As A Grown Up He Discovered That The Boring Parts Were Left Out Of Good Old Dad S Recitation, And Only The Good Parts Reached His EarsNow Goldman Does Dad One Better He S Reconstructed The Good Parts Version To Delight Wise Kids And Wide Eyed Grownups EverywhereWhat S It About Fencing Fighting True Love Strong Hate Harsh Revenge A Few Giants Lots Of Bad Men Lots Of Good Men Five Or Six Beautiful Women Beasties Monstrous And Gentle Some Swell Escapes And Captures Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, And A Little SexIn Short, It S About EverythingEventually To Be Adapted For The Silver Screen, THE PRINCESS BRIDE Was Originally A Beautifully Simple, Insightfully Comic Story Of What Happens When The Most Beautiful Girl In The World Marries The Handsomest Prince In The World And He Turnsout To Be A Son Of A Bitch Guaranteed To Entertain Both Young And Old Alike By Combining Scenes Of Rowsing Fantasy With Hilarious Reality, THE PRINCESS BRIDE Secures Goldman S Place As A Master Storyteller Find all of my reviews at STAR THERE IS TO STAR Yeah, a little bit It s also the best book in the history of ever Sure it has a little kissing but it also has pirates and bad guys and swordsmen and giants and R.O.U.S.es I m not writing a synopsis I m not writing a review I m just telling you if you have not already read it, read it now You ask What if I don t like it INCONCEIVABLE If you read it, hate it, and have the desire to 1 Star it or say bad things, you should probably unfriend me first I might be inclined to light your ass up Just kidding MaybeCome my love, I ll tell you a taleOf a boy and girl and their love storyAnd how he loved her oh so muchAnd all the charms she did possessNow this did happen once upon a timeWhen things were not so complexAnd how he worshipped the ground she walkedAnd when he looked in her eyes he became obsessedThis love was stronger than the powers so darkA prince could have within his kingdomHis spells to weak and steal a heartWithin her breast but only sleepingHe said Don t you know I love you oh so muchAnd lay my heart at the foot of your dress She said Don t you know that storybook love sAlways have a happy ending Then he swooped her up just like in the booksAnd on his stallion they rode awayMy love is like a storybook storyBut it s as real as the feelings I feelMy love is like a storybook storyBut it s as real as the feelings I feelMark Knopfler If you haven t read this book, then all I can tell you is to go out, get it, and read it Now Don t bother with the rest of this review, you ll thank me later It has Fencing.Fighting.Torture.Poison.True Love.Hate.Revenge.Giants.Hunters.Good men.Bad 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 For a start.It s one of the greatest love action revenge stories ever abridged by a modern author Well, it seems that Mr Goldman felt that the original story, as written by the immortal S Morganstern, was a little too dry for public consumption, as well as damaging to treasured childhood memories, so he went through it and put together this good parts version, and the world is a better place for it 1 Of course, the big gag is that there never was an original version of the book There never was an S Morganstern, the greatest of the Florinese writers Goldman s father may have read books to him as a child, but he never read this book to him The entire thing is a fiction, beginning to end, but Goldman sells it really well He tells the tale of how he blossomed as a boy going from being a sports obsessed disappointment to a ravenous bookworm, all thanks to this book He talks about trying to give the same gift to his son, who manages to make it through one chapter before giving up in exhaustion He talks about the great shock of discovering that his father had done something utterly brilliant he had skipped the dull bits and left the exciting parts intact.Knowing that all of this is false certainly doesn t detract from the story It s a story about a story, and the effect that a story can have on a young mind Or any mind, for that matter It s about how stories can teach us lessons that only later we understand such as how life is not fair and how stories can change us in ways that we never expected It s about our relationship with fiction, and with the world around us In his fictional childhood, Goldman learned about the world from the process of watching the story unfold than he did from the story itself And so this book is a story about stories The actual story is just bonus.Which brings me, of course, to the film Let me say that this is one of the very, very few instances where I will put the movie up on par with the book 99.9999 repeating percent of the time, the book is better than the movie This is one instance where they are equal in nearly every measure I m sure a lot of this has to do with the fact that Goldman wrote the screenplay for the film, so not only is the story intact, but a great deal of the dialogue is almost verbatim from the book It was gold in print and gold on the screen The hardest part about reading the book is trying not to hear Andre the Giant, Christopher Guest, Robin Wright and all the other fine actors and actresses in your head as you read.So, whether you read the book or see the movie, you re in for a treat And as you read, just remember the books that molded you into who you are today Think about the stories that taught you life s lessons before life got around to doing it Think about them and appreciate them, and remember that every book is a lesson, one way or another 1 This is a fun type of meta fiction, writers writing autobiographically about writing about books that never existed I find it interesting that The Princess Bride can sit comfortably shoulder to shoulder with House of Leaves. It s amazing that I ve never found time to read this book before I have seen the movie, but it was years ago and I only really remember the one thing that everyone remembers The real strength of this book is that is just ticks every box imaginable It s a fairy tale, full of action, romance and revenge, and it has that timeless quality that the best fairy tales seem to carry It was published in the 1970s but it feels like it should be a thousand years old, passed down from generation to generation It s non stop adventure, comedy gold and full of some of the most memorable characters I ve ever had the pleasure of reading about.Goldman s writing style for this novel works so surprisingly well For one, it s such an unusual idea to write a retelling of a story by a fictional author Goldman claims his father read him the S Morgenstern classic as a child and then proceeds to tell us the abridged version with all the good parts It s strange how well his constant sidenotes actually add to the story, rather than take us out of it I think maybe it s the little kids inside most readers who remember the magic of being read a story as a child Because while this is a fantasy story with magic and princesses, it s also a bittersweet tale about how a father introduced his son to the world of stories.And I found it hilarious I want you to know how rare it is for me to find a book that successfully combines silly humour with dramatic action and adventure I ve struggled with authors like Terry Pratchett because I felt the humour took away any serious investment I may have had in the story But this book quietly mocks itself on every page and it works so well At first I wondered if I would be rolling my eyes at the whole notion of Buttercup as the most beautiful woman in the world , but Goldman rolls his eyes for us with the comic portrayal of obsession with beauty and true love The characters here are so rich and vivid that it s hard to imagine that they don t exist somewhere in an alternate fantasy world Everyone remembers and loves Inigo Montoya and the pretty faced Westley, but I was surprised by Buttercup My memory of the movie seems to have done her a disservice because I remembered her as a typical, beautiful princess But no, Buttercup is fierce and brave She might be silly and naive at the start but she grows and develops with age She doesn t sit back and let things happen to her, which I like.Honestly, this was a delight to read I can t believe I waited so long.Blog Leafmarks Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr First of all, anyone who s rated this less than 5 stars is just wrong, very wrong I know this because I was recently instated Master of all Opinions where mine is the most rightest The StructureI guess the real place to start with this book is with its structure You may have noticed that the actual title is The Princess Bride S Morgenstern s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure The Good Parts Version Abridged by William Goldman.Whew That s a mouthful.But that s also the genius of this book You see, S Morgenstern s Classic doesn t actually exist, only this abridged, Good Parts version, created wholly by William Goldman This may not be the first time I expound upon the genius of this narrative.The Princess Bride begins much like the movie William Goldman gets sick and his father comes in to read him this story Only in the book, we don t jump right into the story, we go to the future of Goldman s life where he talks about things that actually happened in his life, but also some thing s he s made up.For instance, Goldman talks about writing for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which he did do But he also talks about his fictional psychotherapist wife that took some research Finally, about 40 or so pages in, we get to the actual story And it s almost exactly like the movie, or at least I should say that nothing is left out of the book that s in the movie except the performances, but I ll get there And that s how it should be, Goldman did write the screenplay.During this time, Goldman explains that the book is actually extremely boring in parts and while he was young, his father only read the good parts Instead he skipped the pages and pages of explanations of Florintine the actual story taking place in the fictional Florin ancestry, which is also explained as Morgenstern being satiric The story begins and just like in the movie, there are multiple interruptions, but in the book they re made as editorial notes Again, this is where the genius of this setup comes in He s able to comment on his own story, add things that the story alone cannot do, even point out things he finds oddin his own story.An example of Goldman pointing out what he finds odd is that throughout the story not the editorial notes , there are always interruptions in the form of parentheticals For instance she examined herself pore by pore in her mirror This was after mirrors I ll leave the lad an acre in my will, Buttercup s father was fond of saying They had acres then Then, rather than continue the argument they had arguments then too , they would both turn on their daughter These were found throughout the book and always made me laugh, but Goldman has an editorial note explaining that if the parentheticals bother you, you should skip them The Good Parts and The MovieIf you re like me, you ve seen the movie so many times that you can quote just about everything, and I m terrible at quoting movies The movie itself follows the book excellently and even exceeds the book in many ways It s so very rare, but the already excellent characters such as Fezzik and the Man in Black are almost across the board improved upon in the movie.I mean, how do you get any better than Andre the Giant and Billy Crystal s performance of Miracle Max I was reading the exact same words that Crystal says, but it was almost flat in the book, whereas in the film, Crystal makes them come alive.But the benefit of the book is, as usual, the fact that you get inside the character s heads and backstory Before each of the famous fight scenes between The Man in Black and Buttercup s three kidnappers, we are let in on the backstory of each These are great We see what actually happened with Inigo and why he seeks revenge and becomes the greatest swordsman in the worldwell, Spoiler Alert almost We find out that Fezzik is even big for a Turk who average 15 pound babies and how he was a competitive fighter who had to learn how to lose to make the crowd like him And best of all, it goes into his obsession with RHYMING Then there s Vizzini , the self proclaimed genius and orchestrator of this most unstoppable team of the world s best.Yet another thing I loved about this book, Goldman s obsessed with numbers and lists Buttercup starts out as not even in the top 20 of the most beautiful women in the world, but quickly jumps to the top Prince Humperdink is the best hunter in the world Buttercup and Westley s kiss is better than the top 5 kisses ever had.This just adds to the epic and fairytale feeling of the story, it can t get noble than the best of the best, but at the same time, the whole numbering thing is just another comical aspect of Goldman s writing the fact that people would even have a list or the ability to measure such things I love it.Do I need examples of the genius of this work The wit, the charm, the characters that are larger than life, this is easily one of my favorite books of all time.5 out of 5 Stars This wasn t even a debate Buttercup s Baby The extra short story included in my edition of The Pricess Bride Non spoiler, tl dr review skip it, don t mess with the classic story view spoiler This is a short story and addition to the 30th anniversary edition of the book I m never a fan of these sorts of things To be honest, it just messes with the purity that is the original and can leave you with a sour taste in your mouth The Matrix the movie should have been left alone along with things like Ender s Game and Dune It really is okay to leave people with a sense of wonder and imagination at what could have happened instead of milking things for all they re worth.With that said, this wasn t a terrible addition, it was just unnecessary It deals with the time after the ending of The Princess Bride when everyone lives happily ever after The first chapter is Fezzik Dies, so already you re world is shattered Buttercup s baby is stolen and Fezzik is chasing the culprit, but then it never really goes back to this, it goes to a couple chapters that only slightly fit together even admitted by Goldman , but which explains how they get to someone running away with Buttercup s baby.Before this story is an explanation of how this story came about in the fictional way, not an actual explanation and it involves how Stephen King was actually going to do the abridgement, but left it up to Goldman I guess I just don t get these parts.I m sure this is better for people who have read the story ages ago and come back to something new, but reading them all together just messed with the original too much hide spoiler

James Goldman, author and playwright.William Goldman had published five novels and had three plays produced on Broadway before he began to write screenplays Several of his novels he later used as the foundation for his screenplays In the 1980s he wrote a series of memoirs looking at his professional life on Broadway and in Hollywood in one of these he famously remarked that Nobody knows anything He then returned to writing novels He then adapted his novel

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • The Princess Bride
  • William Goldman
  • English
  • 10 August 2018
  • 9780345294128

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