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The Princess Bride by William Goldman
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Dec 22, 2011

really liked it
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Read in December, 2011

It's been years since I read this book. I recall it as a rollicking grand adventure, a superset of one of my favorite movies, a fantastic expansion of the Buttercupverse that ...

Well, like Goldman's fictional first person perspective in the movie, I was wrong.

Now, mind you, I enjoyed the book. The book is good fun. I liked it. Really. And anyone who's looking for a combination of grand adventure, critical metacommentary, and a tale about a writer recalling the writing of his youth could do far worse than this.

But ... really ...

Goldman did an excellent job distilling the book in to a fantastic movie. And he did it by removing all but the core framing sequence -- the grandson being read the tale by his grandfather. And in reading this book once again, I find that, nine out of ten times something was left out in the translation to the screen, it was actually an improvement.

Perhaps I'm wrong. Perhaps I'm simply so enamoured of the movie that I cannot see the genius of the underlying book. But given my choice of being stuck on a desert island with one or the other ... I'd choose the movie.

But the book is pretty darned good. Four stars = "I really liked it."

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