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The Princess Bride

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  650,236 Ratings  ·  15,387 Reviews
The Princess Bride is a true fantasy classic. William Goldman describes it as a "good parts version" of "S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure." Morgenstern's original was filled with details of Florinese history, court etiquette, and Mrs. Morgenstern's mostly complimentary views of the text. Much admired by academics, the "Classic Tale" nonetheless ...more
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published October 2007 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 1973)
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Rachel Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father prepare to die!
Shannon Princess Bride is the only time that I would say that the book and the movie are just as good as each other. It helps that the same person wrote both…morePrincess Bride is the only time that I would say that the book and the movie are just as good as each other. It helps that the same person wrote both the book and the screenplay. If you love the movie you'll love the book too; nothing is really changed, it just has more detail, more background, more events. They're both amazing and, for once, it's possible to love both the book AND the movie. :)(less)

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Chris
Jan 31, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-shelf, humor, fantasy
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:

Fencing.
Fighting.
Torture.
Poison.
True Love.
Hate.
Revenge.
Giants.
Hunters.
Good men.
Bad men.
Beautifulest ladies.
Snakes.
Spiders.
Beasts of all natures and descriptions.
Pain.
Death.
Brave men.
Coward men.
Strongest men.
Chases.
Escapes.
Lies.
Truths.
Passion.
Miracles.

For a start.

It's one of the greatest love/action/revenge stories ever abridged
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seak
Apr 28, 2011 seak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
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Emily May
Sep 13, 2013 Emily May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fantasy, 2014
It's amazing that I've never found time to read this book before. I have seen the movie, but it was years ago and I only really remember the one thing that everyone remembers:



The real strength of this book is that is just ticks every box imaginable. It's a fairy tale, full of action, romance and revenge, and it has that timeless quality that the best fairy tales seem to carry. It was published in the 1970s but it feels like it should be a thousand years old, passed down from generation to genera
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Lola  Reviewer
I must say that the humour in this book is quite special.

‘‘I must court her now,’’ said the Prince. ‘‘Leave us alone for a minute.’’ He rode the white expertly down the hill.
Buttercup had never seen such a giant beast. Or such a rider.
‘‘I am your Prince and you will marry me,’’ Humperdinck said.
Buttercup whispered, ‘‘I am your servant and I refuse.’’
‘‘I am your Prince and you cannot refuse.’’
‘‘I am your loyal servant and I just did.’’
‘‘Refusal means death.’’
‘‘Kill me then.’’


It’s a come
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Stephen
5.0 stars. HOW AMAZINGLY GOOD IS THIS BOOK YOU ASK?....so good it is almost
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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
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Icarus
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
Michelle
Dec 10, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I consider "The Princess Bride" as one of my all-time favorite films. I think I was about 11 when I first saw the movie and a score or more later, the love of Buttercup and Wesley still brings warmth to my heart. Besides this, how could I forget Inigo Montoya? Mandy Patinkin immortalized this character with his delivery of the famous line, "I am Inigo Montoya. You killed my father... Prepare to die!" Sigh!
I think the book is almost as good. Rarely do I favor the movie version over a book but thi
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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
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

EVERY STAR THERE IS TO STAR!!!!!!



Yeah, a little bit. It’s also the best book in the history of ever.

Sure it has a little kissing



but it also has pirates



and bad guys



and swordsmen



and giants



and R.O.U.S.es



I’m not writing a synopsis. I’m not writing a review. I’m just telling you if you have not already read it, read it now.

You ask: “What if I don’t like it????” INCONCEIVABLE!



If you read it, hate it, and have the desire to 1 Star i
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Lizzy
“Good night, Westley. Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning.”
Just a glimpse of The Princess Bride to wet your appetite. Wow, I loved it! The book is about true love and adventure. It has everything, as William Goldman describes in the beginning:
“Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest Ladies. Snakes. Spiders... Pain. Death. Brave men. Cowardly men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. P
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Echo
Oct 01, 2007 Echo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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MacK
May 12, 2008 MacK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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veronica
Jun 16, 2008 veronica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10 year olds
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Montzalee Wittmann
The Princess Bride by William Goldman and read by ROB REINER, what could be better than that! I loved the movie which was so corny and funny that I think is certainly a classic by now. I have watched it a hundred times and all my kids have grown up with it and one of my grown sons has a shirt with a 'My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die" name tag on the tee. It is too funny. What is funny is that everyone knows what it means when he wears it! The book is just as great i ...more
Vane J.
Mar 21, 2015 Vane J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fantasy, 2016


I didn't even know what The Princess Bride was until last year, and I wouldn't know what it is if it weren't for this popular meme:



Oops, sorry! Wrong meme!



That's more like it. Now, what was I saying?

Hello, this is sensible Vane interrupting ramblish Vane. She tends to talk a lot without getting to the point, so I decided a quick intervention would do good.

What she was going to do was to tell you a very detailed story of how she came to know the book she was supposed to review and then she would
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Robin
Feb 15, 2009 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Carmen
Nov 05, 2013 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
One of the best books ever written.

ETA: Re-read 01/28/2015
Wow, I haven't read this book in about five years and I forgot a lot of things about it. For one thing, this time I read the 30th anniversary edition. For another thing, I read it cover to cover instead of skipping over Goldman's "this is my life" crap. I don't like reading his thoughts.

I'm not as enamored of this book as I was when I was younger (I used to have the whole first chapter (The Bride) memorized). Things strike me now that did
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Dnf at 60%.

How do you even begin to review a much-loved classic when you didn’t even manage to finish it? I tried. I really tried to like this book. But no, it just wouldn’t happen. To think this is Kate Daniels’ favourite book! To think the Beast Lord himself tells her “as you wish” at the end of Magic Burns! Why oh why couldn’t I like this book?! Oh well, I guess it can’t be helped.

So, let’s start from the beginning. I had a problem with this particular edition from the very first pages. First
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Paul
Dec 09, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unlike the kid (author) in the italicised ('true') sections of this masterful book, I don't have pneumonia. I'm still pretty sick, though. I got a nasty case of cellulitis from a spider-bite (fuck you, Ditko and Lee!) which turned into a life-threatening bout of sepsis. I actually came close to shuffling off this mortal coil in hospital last month when the blood poisoning was at its worst! Sheee-iiit, right? Anyway, I'm happy to report that I'm past the worst of it and am now recovering (painful ...more
Sarah
Jan 04, 2017 Sarah rated it it was amazing
My first read of 2017! Starting off the year with a 5 star book!

When I first finished reading this I wasn't sure whether I should give it 4 or 5 stars. While I was reading it, I was absolutely in love with it but once I finished it and thought about it a bit, I noticed a few problems with the story. The main problem I had was with Buttercup. She was the most beautiful woman in the world but she didn't have any other nice qualities. She wasn't kind, brave, smart, funny or talented, she was actua
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Petra Eggs
I absolutely loved The Silent Gondoliers. It was just a perfect gem in every way, 5 stars was not enough reward for it's brilliance. With that in mind I was hyped to read The Princess Bride and not ready at all for the experience.

When I lived in Jerusalem I used to leave the snowy heights in winter for the perpetual summer of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, about an hour away. Swimming was impossible, the water buoyed you up, rejected you even so that body parts were impossible to keep
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Sandi
Feb 15, 2009 Sandi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2009
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
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
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
Megan
Jun 29, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2013
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
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Athena Shardbearer
Buddy read with Shandra, Annette, Cathyrn May 24

Actual Rating 4.5 stars

There is no room in my body for anything but you. My arms love you, my ears adore you, my knees shake with blind affection. My mind begs you to ask for something so it can obey. Do you want me to follow you for the rest of your days? I will do that. Do you want me to crawl? I will crawl. I will be quite for you or sing for you, if you are hungry, let me bring you food, or if you have thirst and nothing will quench it but Ara
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Priscilla
Apr 02, 2012 Priscilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tortla
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.
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy Read with the amazing Jessica

This is one of the few instances where I'm going to say that I liked the movie better. It is one of my favorite movies of all time and so the book had a lot stacked against it.

I'm not sure how to rate this. I liked the actual story of the princess bride but this is my first abridged book so I wasn't really expecting so much in the story to be cut or comments inserted by the author. Plus there are some things he took out and he explains why but I think I would h
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Yodamom
Nov 27, 2014 Yodamom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-fluff
This is one book where I enjoyed the movie better. The way it was written was difficult for me to keep interested, the book dragged in parts, and I skimmed through some of it. It seemed to take forever to get to the end. I wish their were not so many long interruptions and the extra long introduction to him and his credentials... I just wanted the story, which was very entertaining.
3.4 stars
Clair
Sep 08, 2011 Clair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, reviewed, fiction
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
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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
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