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The Princess Bride

S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
Goldman, William (Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Princess Bride
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What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be...well...a 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 ears. Now Goldman does Dad one better. He's reconstructed the "Good Parts Version" to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere. What'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 Sex. In short, it's about everything. Eventually 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. From the Paperback edition.
Authors: Goldman, William, 1931-
Title: The princess bride
S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and high adventure
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2003.
Edition: 30th anniversary ed., 1st trade pbk. ed.
Characteristics: xli, 429 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.
Notes: "Includes a new introduction"--Cover.
Includes reader's guide.
Local Note: 6 7 8 9 17 148 228 243
ISBN: 0345418263
Statement of Responsibility: the "good parts" version, abridged by William Goldman
Genre/Form: Adventure stories-2003.
Love stories-2003.
LCCN: 2003272241
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Jul 02, 2014
  • FindingJane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Irreverent, surprising and off the wall, “The Princess Bride” is definitely an unusual kind of novel. This story has all the typical elements of a fairy tale—only not quite. Featuring a dimwitted milkmaid turned princess, an astonishingly resourceful farm boy, a scarred Spaniard who’s been pursuing revenge for two decades and a gentle giant with a penchant for rhymes, et al., “Princess” defies expectations and easy explanations.

Mr. Goldman invented both the “original” book and its author as a narrative device to narrate a book that manages to be for children and adults, a fairy tale without a single fairy in it and one without a typical happily-ever-after ending. It is humorous, satirical, wry and bittersweet. Whether Mr. Goldman was fed up with fairy tales or simply thought that he could do better, this movie scriptwriter has created a “classic” story that is as poignant and witty as when it was first published over three decades ago.

Jun 16, 2014
  • Elizabeth Spencer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good overall but unless you're a very hardcore reader, skip the italic parts.

Apr 30, 2014
  • 0Charlie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

As a longtime fan of the Rob Reiner film, I was curious to see the source material. I was amazed at how much of what I remember from the movie is already there in the novel. I enjoyed the author breaking in to the story to give his "two-cents" at crucial, pivotal moments. Recommended to adult readers as the younger crowd would probably not have the patience for the asides.

Feb 04, 2014
  • natalie_f rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is a fantastic classic/ comedy. This one is hard to put down and will now be added to my hard to get into list of favorites!

Dec 05, 2013
  • oboechica88 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a really quirky read. I thought it was really funny in that off the wall way Hitchhiker's is, but with much less relevance to the story line. I found while overall the book was as humorous as the movie, it went off on these really weird tangents about geography or history (to show that it's an abridged version of a serious text). I get why he wrote it, but I tend to like my stories a little more straight forward. I like the movie better...this one is a bit ADHD for me.

For the full review, head to my book blog at so long and thanks for all the fish.

May 21, 2013
  • joliebergman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

To my great surprise, I liked the movie more.

Love this book with a burring passion... SUPER funny and SO romantic...
MUST READ!!!!!

Oct 24, 2012
  • skywalker13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is ridiculously amazing. Funny and satirical yet action-packed, the characters and events, combined with Goldman's mockery of "Morgenstern", make for a spectacular piece of literature.

Sep 17, 2012
  • JulieT584 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed this book enough to read it again - and make everyone in my book club read it, too!

Feb 09, 2012
  • Methinks rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The only book I've ever liked less than the movie.

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Aug 18, 2011
  • library_babe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

library_babe thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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Jun 21, 2013
  • andrewgraphics rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's got fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...but I've seen the movie often enough that it felt like the screen play with a lot of unnecessary bits and some flubbed lines. (Yes, I know the book came first.) Fun, nonetheless, tho.

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"Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

"My name is Íñigo Montoya. You killed my father... prepare to die"

Dec 01, 2012
  • indigo_pineped_3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"So you'll put down your rock and I'll put down my sword and we'll try to kill each other like civilized people?"

Dec 01, 2012
  • indigo_pineped_3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"As you wish"

Aug 18, 2011
  • library_babe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Miracle Max'z wife, Valerie: "I'm not a witch, I'm your wife. But after what you just said, I'm not even sure I want to be that any more."

Aug 18, 2011
  • library_babe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fezzik: [to Inigo regarding the man in black] "You be careful. People in masks cannot be trusted."

Aug 18, 2011
  • library_babe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles. "

Aug 18, 2011
  • library_babe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"This is true love - you think this happens every day? "

Jun 16, 2009
  • dharvie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

You've been mostly-dead all day.

Jun 16, 2009
  • dharvie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." - Inigo Montoya

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  • indigo_pineped_3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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