Review: The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Synopsis

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. (Goodreads)

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I want to watch the movie so badly now

Review

If you have seen the movie you’ve read the book.  Since Goldman also wrote the screenplay, it’s not a surprise that these are basically the same.  Surprisingly I think there are actually more details in the movie than the book.

The characters are the best part of both the book and the movie, and my personal favorites are Inigo and Fezzik.  Though the love story of Wesley and Buttercup is the main storyline, Inigo’s quest for vengeance is the most engaging.  

The book is written as if it was an annotation of another book, so some chapters are simply asides from “the annotator”  Personally I found this to be slightly irritating and much preferred the way this was handled in the movie.

Bottom Line

The movie is better, you should probably just watch that.  

Overall: 3

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