Thursday, March 27, 2014
Book Review: "The Princess Bride" by William Goldman
I'm not sure how many times I've seen this movie (I've requested it from the library to watch it yet again) but this is the first time that I've read the book. As the author of the book wrote the screenplay to the movie (and several other very good movies too, as it turns out) it follows that they are very similar. The biggest difference is how the metastory is written. In the movie, it is just explained that the grandfather is reading this story to his sick grandson.. and maybe he interrupts a time or two. In the book though, there is much much much more background given and it got to be a little too much for me. The interruptions are sometimes funny, but they got to be to easily skimmable. It was a neat device, overused in my humble opinion.
In any event, I am so glad I finally read this book! Already knowing the story from the movie in no way diminished my enjoyment - in fact, I was glad to know more of Inigo and Fezzik's story! I'm looking forward to watching the movie yet again in fact! I definitely read this book with a smile on my face nearly the whole time, and I bet you will too.
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, The "Good Parts" Version
by William Goldman
Harcourt, 2007. First Published 1973.
456 pages (includes reader's guide)
Link to Amazon:
The Princess Bride