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Title: The Princess Bride
Author: William Goldman
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, and Miracles.
In short, it’s about everything.
I have never seen a movie that follows a book as well as the film adaptation of this one does. It was almost word-for-word, and the only differences (plot-wise) were the shrieking eels (or lack thereof), the Zoo of Terror, and an expanded ending in the book. And seeing as I LOVE the movie, it makes sense that I would also love the book—which I did. This will be one that I read with my future kids. It’s exciting, witty, and well-paced. A perfect afternoon read.
Score: (4.5 / 5)