The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
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The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

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Once upon a time came a story so full of high adventure and true love that it became an instant classic and won the hearts of millions. Now in harcover in America for the first time since 1973 (in its native Florin, it has been on the Florenise Times bestseller list continuously since the week it was published), this special edition of The Princess Bride is a true keepsake...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 17th 1998 by Ballantine Books (first published 1973)
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If you haven't read this book, then all I can tell you is to go out, get it, and read it. Now. Don't bother with the rest of this review, you'll thank me later. It has:

True Love.
Good men.
Bad men.
Beautifulest ladies.
Beasts of all natures and descriptions.
Brave men.
Coward men.
Strongest men.

For a start.

It's one of the greatest love/action/revenge stories ever abridged...more
Seak (Bryce L.)
First of all, anyone who's rated this less than 5 stars is just wrong, very wrong. I know this because I was recently instated "Master of all Opinions" where mine is the most rightest. :)

The Structure

I guess the real place to start with this book is with its structure. You may have noticed that the actual title is - The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure: The "Good Parts" Version Abridged by William Goldman.

Whew. That's a mouthful.

But that's also the ge...more
5.0 stars. HOW AMAZINGLY GOOD IS THIS BOOK YOU ASK? good it is almost

This is a literary treasure and one that I can not recommend more highly. Let me start by saying that prior to reading this book I had probably seen the movie version a dozen times or so and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! I only mention this so that you know where I'm coming from in case you are not a fan of the movie as I think if you like one you will like the other and, conversely, if you didn’t like the movie, the book may not...more
I am one of the few people in the world who does not think the book is better than the movie here. There is an undercurrent of bitterness in this book that I find off-putting. I am given to understand by a friend that those elements--i.e., the autobiographical stuff in Goldman's own persona--are actually fictional. But I found that they soured my enjoyment of the story they framed. I couldn't enjoy the writing of a writer who seemed as misanthropic and hateful as Goldman came off to me. TPB is s...more
I feel the need to gush. I've set aside the many books I want to read for the moment in favor of rereading this one. I loved it when I read it way back in about the sixth grade, so I thought it was time I give it another shot.

As much as I loved it as a kid, I love it more now. Maybe because I can appreciate it on different levels. I'm only about halfway through on my reread, but I've come to the conclusion that Goldman is a genius. The story, characters, and dialogue are impressive enough, but t...more
I'm a little biased when it comes to this book. Yes, I saw the movie first and it made me happier than anything I've ever seen before or since. Yes, I do consider how much a person likes The Princess Bride before determining how good a friend to be with them. (I don't insist on it, but it can queer a good friendship)

I'm not alone in this, but I do share a similar affinity for the book, despite discrepancies that may make others blanche. And even for me Fezzik will always be a Frenchman and not a...more
Aug 05, 2008 veronica rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: 10 year olds
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
I’m sorry Kate’s favorite book, but I must destroy you.

Two stars. Yep, I am one of those people. Cynical. Have no heart. Have no good taste in books. Just want mindless action and independent sword-wielding women as main characters. Don’t like overpowered men. Nor women, for that matter. Don’t believe in love at first sight. Hate damsels in distress. Hate perfection. You get the point.

Do you see why I didn’t like the book? Do you? Well, if you’ve read it you probably do. If you didn’t, then go...more
Feb 15, 2009 Robin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Robin by: GoodReads Fantasy Book Club
What a charming read. This is one of the few books where I saw the movie first then read the book. I think William Goldman's book was largely "unknown" until the movie came out.

Like Shawshank Redepmtion and Stand by Me (Based on the novella The Body) this is one of the most accurate book to screen apdaptations. It is almost verbatium from the book and the few variations (Zoo of Death rather than Pit of Despair) have no real impact on the story.

Being as I edit fantasy (visa-vie my husband's books...more
I'm probably spoiled because I have seen the movie version of "The Princess Bride" about a gazillion times. As I read, I just pictured Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patikin, et al. as the characters. I even heard their voices in the dialog. That said, "The Princess Bride" is a brilliantly executed concept. It's really a novel within a novel as Goldman tells a fiction story about his relationship with S. Morgenstern's "The Princess Bride" and his path to abridging it so it only has the "good pa...more
After reading The Princess Bride I realized that this was the book I needed to use to end my review drought. This book has everything you could ever possibly want in a book. There is romance, adventure, comedy, princess and princes, pirates, giants, sword fights, poison, and rodents of unusual size. Is there anything that this book is missing? It is inconceivable how good this book really is.

I saw the movie for the first time when I was little. My parents had mentioned it before but I never gav...more
I am currently writing this review, having stayed up all night with the beginnings of a cold, and being sick from something I ate yesterday.

Unfortunately, I live on my own and both my male grandparents are no longer with us, so I didn't get to sit up in bed and listen to S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and high adventure – the 'good parts' version – being narrated by my grandfather, like the kid in the movie. Also, my dad is generally too busy, so that cuts William Goldman's own accou...more
I can't believe I thought Morgenstern was real. Not for long, really. But still. When I discovered he wasn't I hated this book for a while.
But then I reread it and it was awesome in an entirely new way. I'm still not a huge fan of the fake little tidbits that the "abridgment" offers, especially the allusions to Florin as a real place, but I generally just skip over those. Also, I find the story of Goldman and his fat kid vaguely depressing. And I didn't like the part about Westley wearing jeans....more
Continuing my "loved the movie so let's try the book" escapades, I am shocked to write that this book is every bit as awesome as the movie. It's, it's (wait for it) INCONCEIVABLE!! I love the movie and was initially concerned that the book would be a let down. But then I saw a whole host of rave reviews and figured it would be safe to dive in. It was not only safe, but as much fun as I could possibly have hoped for. It's just, just (here it comes again) INCONCEIVABLE how good this is.

Now there...more
It’s incredibly hard for me to write a review for this book because I had such high expectations for it. At the same time though it was entertaining and had everything it promised: high action, revenge, miracles, and most importantly true love. I can't pinpoint exactly what it was that bothered me. What kept from loving it.
At first I thought maybe it was the fact that the main characters didn't always seem to do the noble and honorable thing (sometimes I questioned if Westley and Buttercup re...more
GOLDMAN, you GENIUS. You had me going there. :D Seriously, I wanted to write to his publishing company to read his version of the reunion scene.

Initial Thoughts:
1. "Wait a minute... I thought this was... Okay, maybe it isn't. WAIT. IS IT REALLY? Hmmm..." I was asking myself this while I was reading this book so many times! When I finished the book, and finally had to confirm or bust my questions, I was laughing. That's how awesome Goldman's writing is. :D And that's what I loved most about this...more
Jeanette (Most of My Favorite Authors Are Dead)
This book has its moments, but I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. It's all very clever and playful and a little bit silly. But for all the originality in the telling, it really doesn't end up anywhere worth going. I did enjoy it on the whole, but I found my mind straying quite a bit thanks to a lot of "device" and not enough story. Said device being the premise that the story is an abridgment of a very old classic, with the "abridger" insinuating himself into the story to tell you about th...more
Cheryl in CC NV
I loved this as a child, and one of things I love best, then and now, is the conceit of all the layers, Goldman's claim that Morgenstern was real, that M. wrote a socio-political satire that needed to be trimmed to the story G's father read to child Goldman....

I liked that this time I read it, as an adult, I realized that G himself was the satirist, and that one of the things he was digging at was fantasy stories with iconographic heroes and villains (note that the richer characters are the sid...more
If you only know THE PRINCESS BRIDE from the film, turn off your computer immediately and find a copy of the book. The film is a thing unto itself and enchanting on its own terms, but because it's a movie Goldman had to redesign his novel in a way that de-emphasized one of its most compelling themes: why books matter, what we learn from them about life and about being human, and why certain books stay with us in the way that they do -- why, in fact, we are all on this website.

Most of this takes...more
Choppy, but I suspect it was meant as such, considering it was written as mostly a screenplay and edited by a writer (If you can call him that) who had no concern whatsoever in preserving the sanctity of the original author's intent. A cut here, a slash there, S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale is ripped to pieces under William Goldman's butchering knife. He justifies it by the fact that he leaves a few chapters untouched, yet can't help but interject his unwanted thoughts upon his poor unsuspecting...more
Tracey, librarian on strike
I hereby solemnly swear (my word as a Spaniard) not to commit the cliché of using the "I" word in this review, in any context.

And once again: it's been ages since I read this. So very long. So – many thanks to the #GeekGirls Book Club (also here)for making this the December book – it might have been another age before I got around to it again.

I remember the sheer and utter delight of reading something that hadn't been butchered in the film version – which has, of course, much to do with the fac...more
Mar 24, 2008 Gwen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who loves a great tale
Recommended to Gwen by: Adrienne
This review will be filled with confessions.
The first one is that the first time I read this book (about 15 years ago) I really thought it was recounting actual events in the author's life. I thought there was an S. Morganstern and a place called Guilder and Florin. At least I hoped there was.
I grew up watching the movie and when I realized that the film was based on a book, I knew that I had to read it. I've come back to it a couple of time since then and it never disapoints me. I confess thoug...more
Har har har har har har har I LOVE THIS BOOK!
I didn't set a high expectation for this book as I've never even heard of William Goldman, let alone read any of his works before. However, upon finishing The Princess Bride, I felt glad that I DID buy it as I think that it would be such a shame to miss a story as good as this.
If you read this book solely for the true love concept that is supposed to be one of the themes of the book, you'll probably be quite dissappointed. I'm not saying that there's no romance at all in there. True, there is a...more
Mar 25, 2014 Jason rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Fans of the movie, and silly action/adventure books
Recommended to Jason by: I just found it one day in the book store
Let me make it clear from the start that S. Morgenstern is a fictitious character created by William Goldman. I was confused about that at first because Goldman (the narrator) acts as if Morgenstern were real. In this 30th anniversary edition of the book, he even details his hassel from being sued by the Morgenstern Estate, so I just had to check it out.

I would give the original version of this book (the 1973 one) 4 stars because it has just 1 introduction and the story of The Princess Bride and...more
Oct 13, 2011 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: fantasy, classic
I've always been an advocate of reading the book first, but when the movie came out in 1987, I was six and had no idea it was based on a book (and shame on my Dad for not finding it and reading it to me). I loved the movie, and my familiarity with it (having watched it dozens of times) did not dampen my love for the book one bit.

The movie is one of the most faithful adaptations of a book I have ever read. Most of it is lifted directly from the book, which is wonderful, and I wish could be said...more
Warning: Any forthcoming review is resultant from necessary tidying of read and as of yet not reviewed books.

Basically this is every bit as good as the film. I suspect that the brilliance of the film may have altered some perspectives of this as a work of fiction but the book was the original. And the film basically sticks identically to the book. I know the fact that the title includes both 'Princess' and 'Bride' may also have discouraged some potential readers. However it's a trap. The book fo...more
Am I really the only one who hates this book? I'd be lying through my teeth if I told you that I read ALL of it. I had about 100 pages left and decided to just watch the movie to find out what actually happens. Like I care. I didn't like the characters(especially Buttercup!), I didn't like plot, but I will say that I liked how William Goldman told the story. Don't listen to my review and not read the book because apparently 6 of my friends gave it 4 stars, 1 gave it 3, and 4 gave it 5.
I think th...more
Sometimes you just want to pick up a book that will make you laugh out loud and will bring back childhood memories. Learning to read, finding a great fairy tale, and being drawn in by adventure. This book has it all - a princess, a hero, a jerky prince, love, adventure, a giant, pirates, a man with six fingers, torture, and loads of laughter. Love it mucho!!!
Jordan Hafford
I possess the wherewithall to assert that this book is even better than the movie. I laughed out loud many times. I love his writing style.
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Goldman grew up in a Jewish family in Highland Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, and obtained a BA degree at Oberlin College in 1952 and an MA degree at Columbia University in 1956.His brother was the late James Goldman, author and playwright.

William Goldman had published five novels and had three plays produced on Broadway before he began to write screenplays. Several of his novels he later used...more
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