Thursday, March 27, 2014

Book Review: "The Princess Bride" by William Goldman

I'm sure you already know the story of The Princess Bride, don't you?  This is the book that became the movie....  that instant classic starring more people than you might remember.  The story of Princess Buttercup and her Westley, Prince Humperdinck and the Count, Inigo Montoya and his life long quest to avenge his father's death, Fezzik the Giant and Vizzini the Sicilian, and Miracle Max and Valerie.  There are sword fights and kidnappings; torture machines and Fire Swamps.  And it is so much fun!

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)
Source:  Gift
Link to Amazon:

The Princess Bride


Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

I read this one in college and loved it. The movie will always be one of my favorites.

Wesley Hoffmann said...

When I read this I couldn't believe how close it was to the book. Like parts were word for word! Im still glad I read it though.

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