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The Princess Bride by William Goldman
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Mar 29, 11

bookshelves: fantasy, humor, grades-7-and-up
Read in March, 2009

The heroes of this very adventurous fantasy are fabulously flawed. Fezzik the giant is convinced he’s an idiot, as is everyone else who meets him. Inigo the Spanish sword-fighting master, is a drunkard a good part of the time. The most prominent heroine, Buttercup, is a dizzy spoiled brat. Her savior, Westley, is perfect, except for those who wonder how he could ever fall in love with Buttercup in the first place.

But when they’re together, well, they really aren’t any less ridiculous than when they’re apart. It makes for a great show.

The author, William Gouldman, describes The Princess Bride as “My favorite book in all the world.” Maybe his ego is what makes the story as fun as it is. He spends a lot of time reminding readers how much he loves his creation; thus blurring the lines of fiction, fantasy and his own real-life career. But it’s all in the effort to get a laugh, and most of the time Gouldman succeeds.
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