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The Princess Bride

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  714,765 ratings  ·  18,315 reviews
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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 hardcover in America for the first time since 1973, this special edition of The Princess Bride is a true keepsake for devoted fans as well as those lucky enough to discover it for the first
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Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 12th 1994 by Del Rey Books (first published September 1st 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 rated it it was amazing
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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Emily May
Sep 13, 2013 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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seak
Apr 28, 2011 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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Lola
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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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Okay, I like the movie better than the book. I mean I love watching all of my characters! So There!

Anyhoo, I'm adding some pictures from the book. There are a lot of them but I'm just going to add a few. I thought they were wonderful. On the inside front and back pages there is a map but I only added one part of the map so you can get the idea =)













Happy Reading!

Mel ♥

MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List
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
Jul 24, 2007 rated it liked it
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
emma
this book is a dweam...wiffin a dweam......

(weview to come)

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me, rereading this book? inconceivable
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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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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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
$2.99 Kindle sale, June 11, 2019. Get it if you haven't read it! One of my all-time favorites.

Long before the movie existed, I stumbled across this book in my college bookstore. This cover spoke to my YA fairy-tale-loving heart:

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So I bought it, without knowing a thing about the story. And the book was NOT what I was expecting.

It was way, WAY better.

If you love the movie, read the book ... and don't let yourself get bogged down in the long, offbeat intro. (Skim it if you need to.) You'll get a lo
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Sarah
Prince Humperdinck of Florin, an adept hunter but terrible human being, wants to start a war with the neighboring, equally tiny, kingdom of Guilder. To this end he schemes to marry a beautiful peasant lass named Buttercup, market her as Florin’s sweetheart, have her assassinated, and frame Guilder. In these machinations he is assisted by Count Rugen, a sadist obsessed with measuring pain.

A trio of mercenaries—Vizzini the delusional windbag “dizzying intellect” from Sicily, Iñigo the master Spani
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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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Matthew
The book was good, but I think the movie is better. They are very close to each other, but I think the movie cleaned it up quite a bit.
MacK
May 12, 2008 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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10 year olds
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Echo
Oct 01, 2007 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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✘✘ 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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Nicole
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so fun!! I actually believed it's an abridged book, Goldman totally got me! I liked the way he wrote this book. The silly humor, the amazing characters, the wonderful story, everything was so damn entertaining!!
Michelle
Dec 10, 2015 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, "My name is 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 b
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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
Carmen
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 didn't in, let us say, more innocent y
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Princess Bride, William Goldman
The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner, starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant and Christopher Guest. Adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name, it tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by companions befriended along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odio
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Vanessa J.
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, classics, 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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Better 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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Robin
Feb 15, 2009 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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Sarah
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Heidi The Reader
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
Probably my favorite fairy tale ( well except Snow White). So much humor so much affection
Dastardly deeds are trumped by the courageous
And rhyming whenever you speak is actually really hard!!!
Paul E. Morph
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
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