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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
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Report This 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!

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  • 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.

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

Report This 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.

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  • 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!

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  • Methinks rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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

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  • library_babe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my all time favourite fantasy novels. The Princess Bride is the perfect escapist fantasy at its most verbose. "The Grandson: A book? Grandpa: That's right. When I was your age, television was called books. And this is a special book. It was the book my father used to read to me when I was sick, and I used to read it to your father. And today I'm gonna read it to you. The Grandson: Has it got any sports in it? Grandpa: Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles... The Grandson: Doesn't sound too bad. I'll try to stay awake. Grandpa: Oh, well, thank you very much, very nice of you. Your vote of confidence is overwhelming. " A delightful twist on classic fairy tales, what you will remember is the brilliant, witty dialogue and wonderfully memorable characters. As you wish ...

Report This May 05, 2011
  • Orual rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I found Goldman to be very arrogant and it ruined the book for me. Tread with caution.

i have seen the movie but have never read the book. so i think i will give it a try!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Report This Aug 23, 2010
  • Kuma rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved the movie and had watched it many many times before I found the book. I highly recommend picking this up and giving it a try; the movie was great, but the book is awesome...there is a lot of wit in this book which did not make it into the movie. The character development is richer and more rounded than the movie too, of course. This is a must read classic!

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

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  • 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."

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

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

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

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  • dharvie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

You've been mostly-dead all day.

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

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  • dharvie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.

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