THE PRINCESS BRIDE BOOK
The Princess Bride is a fantasy romance novel by American writer William Goldman. The book combines elements of comedy, adventure, fantasy, romantic . The Princess Bride may refer to: The Princess Bride (novel), fantasy romance novel by Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. The Princess Bride book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marri.
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The Princess Bride by William Goldman, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the month in fiction, nonfiction. Raise your hand if you once tried to find the unabridged version of THE PRINCESS BRIDE in a bookstore, or other books by S. Morganstern.
Norman Jewison tried to make it for years, intending to make the framing device revolve around an immigrant family.
In the end, it was soap veteran Robin Wright who won the role. Meanwhile, Wallace Shawn was nervous on set, knowing that he was far from the first choice to play the cunning Vizzini — Danny DeVito had originally been sought by Reiner, but had turned the role down.
And as for his enormous pal Fezzig, Arnold Schwarzenegger had been considered in an earlier iteration on the project, but had told Goldman that Andre The Giant was a better choice. The sword fighting was mostly done without stunt doubles, and shot on two mirrored sets to allow the cast to fight left-handed.
The first comes later. There were no stunt men involved in any of the sword fights, except for one flip in the air. You guys have to go back and add some more! Not a success on release, the film has since won over mobsters, and even saved lives. Reiner related two particularly memorable encounters with fans of the film to EW. But this book quietly mocks itself on every page and it works so well. At first I wondered if I would be rolling my eyes at the whole notion of Buttercup as "the most beautiful woman in the world", but Goldman rolls his eyes for us with the comic portrayal of obsession with beauty and true love.
The characters here are so rich and vivid that it's hard to imagine that they don't exist somewhere in an alternate fantasy world. Everyone remembers and loves Inigo Montoya and the pretty-faced Westley, but I was surprised by Buttercup. My memory of the movie seems to have done her a disservice because I remembered her as a typical, beautiful princess. But no, Buttercup is fierce and brave.
She might be silly and naive at the start but she grows and develops with age. She doesn't sit back and let things happen to her, which I like. Honestly, this was a delight to read. I can't believe I waited so long.
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View all 59 comments. Apr 28, seak rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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: That's a mouthful.
But that's also the ge First of all, anyone who's rated this less than 5 stars is just wrong, very wrong. But that's also the genius of this book.
You see, S. Morgenstern's "Classic" doesn't actually exist, only this abridged, "Good Parts" version, created wholly by William Goldman. This may not be the first time I expound upon the genius of this narrative.
The Princess Bride begins much like the movie. William Goldman gets sick and his father comes in to read him this story. Only in the book, we don't jump right into the story, we go to the future of Goldman's life where he talks about things that actually happened in his life, but also some thing's he's made up. But he also talks about his fictional psychotherapist wife that took some research. Finally, about 40 or so pages in, we get to the actual story. And it's almost exactly like the movie, or at least I should say that nothing is left out of the book that's in the movie except the performances, but I'll get there.
And that's how it should be, Goldman did write the screenplay. During this time, Goldman explains that the book is actually extremely boring in parts and while he was young, his father only read the "good parts.
The story begins and just like in the movie, there are multiple interruptions, but in the book they're made as editorial notes. Again, this is where the genius of this setup comes in. He's able to comment on his own story, add things that the story alone cannot do, even point out things he finds odd An example of Goldman pointing out what he finds odd is that throughout the story not the editorial notes , there are always interruptions in the form of parentheticals.
For instance: This was after mirrors. They had acres then. The "Good Parts" and The Movie If you're like me, you've seen the movie so many times that you can quote just about everything, and I'm terrible at quoting movies.
The movie itself follows the book excellently and even exceeds the book in many ways. It's so very rare, but the already excellent characters such as Fezzik and the Man in Black are almost across the board improved upon in the movie. I was reading the exact same words that Crystal says, but it was almost flat in the book, whereas in the film, Crystal makes them come alive. But the benefit of the book is, as usual, the fact that you get inside the character's heads and backstory.
Before each of the famous "fight" scenes between The Man in Black and Buttercup's three kidnappers, we are let in on the backstory of each. These are great. We see what actually happened with Inigo and why he seeks revenge and becomes the greatest swordsman in the world We find out that Fezzik is even big for a Turk who average 15 pound babies and how he was a competitive fighter who had to learn how to lose to make the crowd like him.
Then there's Vizzini , the self-proclaimed genius and orchestrator of this most unstoppable team of the world's best. Yet another thing I loved about this book, Goldman's obsessed with numbers and lists.
Buttercup starts out as not even in the top 20 of the most beautiful women in the world, but quickly jumps to the top. Prince Humperdink is the best hunter in the world. Buttercup and Westley's kiss is better than the top 5 kisses ever had. This just adds to the epic and fairytale feeling of the story, it can't get more noble than the best of the best, but at the same time, the whole numbering thing is just another comical aspect of Goldman's writing: I love it. Do I need more examples of the genius of this work?
The wit, the charm, the characters that are larger than life, this is easily one of my favorite books of all time. I'm never a fan of these sorts of things. To be honest, it just messes with the purity that is the original and can leave you with a sour taste in your mouth. The Matrix the movie should have been left alone along with things like Ender's Game and Dune. It really is okay to leave people with a sense of wonder and imagination at what could have happened instead of milking things for all they're worth.
With that said, this wasn't a terrible addition, it was just unnecessary.
It deals with the time after the ending of The Princess Bride when everyone lives "happily ever after. Buttercup's baby is stolen and Fezzik is chasing the culprit, but then it never really goes back to this, it goes to a couple chapters that only slightly fit together even admitted by Goldman , but which explains how they get to someone running away with Buttercup's baby. Before this story is an explanation of how this story came about in the fictional way, not an actual explanation and it involves how Stephen King was actually going to do the abridgement, but left it up to Goldman.
I guess I just don't get these parts. I'm sure this is better for people who have read the story ages ago and come back to something new, but reading them all together just messed with the original too much.
View all 54 comments. Jun 17, Lola rated it liked it Shelves: I must say that the humour in this book is quite special. Buttercup had never seen such a giant beast. Or such a rider. Not simply an adventure, a journey. Danger awaits the characters at every chapter and the obstacles they are faced with and their ways of dealing with them are peculiar. Even if you try to, you will not be able to take the story seriously.
One cannot write a comical story without having silly characters in it. There are many overused tropes in this fairytale: The first half is a lot of fun. With a humorous, one-of-a-kind narration, William Goldman entertains us or at least tries to throughout the book.
The only problem is that the story slows down past the half mark. I was not a fan of it. Or the way the author decided to wrap things up… to rescue the princess. What I can say is that the first half is incredible and the second half very different but for me, not in a good way. Not only does he hit Buttercup, but he also orders her around, brusque as a soldier. I cannot say I admire him or the couple in general. To sum it all up, the love story did not convince me, but the characters are interesting to follow around and I truly appreciated the originality of the narration.
View all 26 comments. 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. Melissa Martin's Reading List. View all 31 comments. Nov 15, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy and No Country for Old Men, this may be the best adaptation of a classic novel that I have ever come across.
This may lead you to ask whether it is even worth it to read the book given that much of what is in the book is on the screen. My answer to that would be a resounding YES!! First of all, the book is as much fun as the movie and the tone of the writing is unique, playful and very funny. Despite knowing the plot of the book intimately, I found the reading experience to be fresh and new. I am going to assume that people reading this have seen the movie, read the book or at least have an understanding of the basic plot.
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If not, the book description and other reviews do a very good job of explaining it. Book is Better and those aspects of the movie that I thought were superior to the source material i. Movie is Better. The Book does a much better job than the movie in describing Prince Humperdinck as a truly evil person and thus a top notch villain.
I really enjoyed the expanded version. The book also contains a whole chapter on Fezzik and shows his childhood and early years. This was excellent and I really liked learning about his trouble in adapting to deal with his enormous size.
I wish they would have found a way to incorporate this into the movie because it was very enjoyable. I must begin with Miracle Max. Wallace Shawn as Vizzini pictured above gives a truly great comic performance and made the Movie version of the character even more fun then the book version.
Similarly, Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya is another example of amazing casting that made the on screen version of the character even more fun than the book version. The final scene between Westley and Prince Humperdinck was more fun in the movie than in the book.
Bottom-line, if you have enjoyed the movie but have not read the book, I strongly recommend it. Similarly, if you have read the book and have not seen the movie, I strongly recommend that as well. Both are terrific. View all 33 comments. 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.
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 I am one of the few people in the world who does not think the book is better than the movie here.
TPB is still a great book--better than three stars, but I couldn't quite bring myself to give it four. Stick to the movie. It has the opposite problem, but you can always fast forward through the saccharine Fred Savage bits. View all 39 comments. May 01, emma rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 18 comments.
Aug 15, Kelly and the Book Boar rated it it was amazing Shelves: Find all of my reviews at: Yeah, a little bit. Sure it has a little kissing but it also has pirates and bad guys and swordsmen and giants and R. You ask: If you read it, hate it, and have the desire to 1 Star i Find all of my reviews at: If you read it, hate it, and have the desire to 1 Star it or say bad things, you should probably unfriend me first. I might be inclined to light your ass up.
View all 22 comments. Two stars. Yep, I am one of those people. Have no heart. Have no good taste in books. Just want mindless action and independent sword-wielding women as main characters. Nor women, for that matter. Hate damsels in distress. Hate perfection. You get the point. Do you? I dare you to read it. The Princess Bride started out as an entertaining read. The more I read the more it decreased. Well, I thought it may be a parody of all those cheesy romance books that are way too popular than they deserve.
I sure feel silly for bashing the genre so much in my reviews. Yes, the characters are the ones who made me dislike the book. My main problem is Buttercup. Oh god how can I express the amount of hatred I feel for this girl? A gif? Would it be appropriate? Sure, why not? She was such a fucking idiot! Yes, I know things were like that back then.
Yes, I know this is not a new idea. Foam at the mouth. Want to tear things into pieces and then burn them. Yes, burn everything. Buttercup was what he thought of. Her autumn hair, her perfect skin, and he brought her very close beside him, and had her whisper in his ear throughout the burning: I love you.
I only left you in the Fire Swamp to test your love for me. Is it as great as mine for you? Can two such loves exist on one planet at one time?
Is there that much room, beloved Westley?
There you go. Westley… well my main problem with the dude is that he is overpowered. Sure, the ending made up for it, he did end up being a zombie and all that ick, try kissing him now Buttercup so he is not as perfect as one would think.
Nice try, Goldman. Nice try. The dude is still too overpowered. He is a wannabe ninja who can master any art on his own and can train his mind into standing the most intense of pain. Take that sensei! No one can be better than the all-awesome Westley! NO ONE!! The physical, or the mental anguish of having freedom offered if the truth is told, then telling it and being thought a liar. Actually, they were both wrong; Westley suffered not at all throughout.
His screaming was totally a performance to please them; he had been practicing his defenses for a month now, and he was more than ready. Two words. Get real. The Princess Bride needs a decent amount of innocence in order to strike home. View all 73 comments. Prince Humperdinck of Florin, an adept hunter but terrible human being, wants to start a war with the neighboring, equally tiny, kingdom of Guilder. In these machinations he is assisted by Count Rugen, a sadist obsessed with measuring pain.
But as they traverse the Cliffs of Insanity, they are pursued by the Dread Pirate Roberts, a black-clad masked man whom no giant fist, well-wielded blade, or pompous brilliant mind can stop. Why is Buttercup so important to Roberts? The book is not quite as family-friendly as the movie. The multiple forwards are too long, especially combined. The Hollywood secrets and Morgenstern gags are hilarious in moderation, but I think he overused them.
The funniest material by far is in the story proper, almost all of which made it into the film: The book I recommend for people who love the movie and are very patient. The movie I recommend for everyone. The jokes work beautifully on screen, and every character is perfectly cast. Watch it today! View all 4 comments. Jul 28, Lizzy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely kill you in the morning. Wow, I loved it!
The book is about true love and adventure. It has everything, as William Goldman describes in the beginning: Beautifulest Ladies. Cowardly men. Despite setbacks and misfortune along the way, there is a feeling that everything will turn out all right in the end, and it does.
Inigo, the greatest swordsman in the world, and Fezzik, the gentle giant that loved rhymes, are great! The scene when they go down the Zoo of Death together is memorable and shows how superb a writer Goldman is.
Maybe even better than the book, hard to tell, as I saw it a long time ago. Some other quotes I loved: It's not a paranoid thing; I just have this habit of slipping through memories. It doesn't bother me all that much, except I guess that's a lie; it does. For some reason, I test very high on forgettability. Grow-ups skip this paragraph. I'm not about to tell you this book has a tragic ending. I already said in the very first line how it is my favorite in all the world.
But there's a lot of bad stuff coming up, torture you've already been prepared for, but there's worse. There's death coming up, and you better understand this: Some of the wrong people die. Be ready for it. This isn't Curious George Uses the Potty. Nobody warned me and it was my own fault you'll see what I mean in a little and that was my mistake, so I'm not letting it happen to you.
The wrong people die, some of them, and the reason is this: Forget all the garbage your parents put out. View all 8 comments. 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. View all 17 comments. May 12, MacK rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 I'm a little biased when it comes to this book.
And even for me Fezzik will always be a Frenchman and not a Turk, and Goldman's "Zoo of Death" will be forever confused with "The Pits of Despair" but these are minor points. The fact is that Goldman is a hell of a writer. The movie is great because it uses his screenplay wonderfully. The book is fantastic becasue he employs all his talents.
He is a master of dialogue what else would you expect from a man with two screenplay Oscars? One of the surprising things is that Goldman sticks so doggedly to the conceit that there is an S.
Mogenstern, a country called Florin, and that the novel is at once really "abridged" rather than written by him, and that everything actually does happen. That becomes a trifle irritating, you almost want the man to admit that: Only, it is all me.
My imagination, my genius, bow down and praise me! And that, though irritating, is actually one of the best things about the book. Goldman himself suspends his disbelief and forces us to do the same. Imagination takes hold at the beginning and our immersion in it makes every page, every quip tantalizing to behold and easy to savor. View all 3 comments. Jun 16, veronica rated it it was ok Recommends it for: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. So, when someone was kind enough to lend me the book, I had relatively high expectations. Now, don't get me wrong, I wasn't disappointed in The Princess Bride , but I just wasn't thrilled or moved to laugh till I cry which the movie sometimes can. First of all, let's get all English-major on this, and talk about the meta-layered frame narratives going on in this novel.
Holy cow! First of all, keep in mind that the book's title is The Princess Bride, S. Basically, what Goldman does is this -- he tells his readers that the book they are holding in their hand his book is actually the abridgment of the original PB written by this invented author, Morgenstern.
As a child, says Goldman within the novel, not in the introduction or anything , his father read PB to him aloud, and the boy fell in love with the book. When, as a father himself, he attempted to pass on this beloved childhood novel to his very fat and very spoiled son, he is shocked to find out that the boy can't get into the book -- because it is too long and too boring! It turns out that Goldman's father, when reading to the boy, had skipped hundreds of pages of political and historical satire!
So, when Goldman's own son attempted to read the book, he found it overly dry and long. This leads Goldman to undertake the task of abridging PB and basically re-publish the book as his father had read it to him -- just the adventure plot and the romance. While bearing this in mind, you must remember that Goldman is making all of this up. There is no Morgenstern, no original PB. The project in itself is quite interesting and it had me excited at reading a book that really messed with the reader's perception of narrator, of what's real and what isn't.
Goldman often includes long parenthesis in which he bitches about his frigid wife or his snotty son, or over some of the stunted romantic liaisons that he failed at. All in all, I must say, that the actual narrator of PB comes off as an ego maniacal and pathetic loser who happens to have been the screenwriter for some awesome movies think "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "Misery.
Westley hearts Buttercup, but she is to be married to Prince Humperdink. Meanwhile, Inigo Montoya searches for his father's six-fingered murderer, Fezzik plods along like a dumb giant, and about pages into the novel, these 2 team up with Westley in an attempt to steal Buttercup away from Humperdink. The good news is that some of the movie's best scenes are taken verbatim from the book. Inigo Montoya is as fabulous here as he is in the movie.
Actually, even more so, because you get a pretty in depth history of his childhood, his training, his thought process. He is by far the most interesting character in the novel. The scene with Miracle Max is also as rewarding as it is in the movie, and the funniest scene in the book is the marriage mawwiage scene. Still, a couple interesting scenes do not a great novel make, and for once, I may have found a book that I enjoyed less than its film adaptation!
Ring the bells and sound the alarms!!
Ah, and I see God is agreeing with me! It has a little zing, a little sappy romance, and a little adventure, but overall, I think I approached it about 15 years too late. Had I read it when I was 10, I'm sure it would still to this day be one of my favorites.
Take one "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. Result -- the best scene in the novel and the film, by a landslide. Oh, Inigo. And in this book, only you. I should pull a Goldman and abridge The Princess Bride and leave in only Inigo's part, and add on to his story line. Food for thought! View all 7 comments. Oct 01, Echo rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 I feel the need to gush. The story, characters, and dialogue are impressive enough, but then you add in the whole bit about Morgernstern. I mean, here Goldman wrote this amazing story, and then he makes up a story about another man who wrote the story. Then he makes up a fictional story about his father reading him this story written by someone else, and later about his process of "abridging" the story.
He even makes up a fictional wife and son who play their own parts in this.
He throws in asides written by himself, and asides written by Mogernstern, and asides written by himself about the asides written by Morgernstern. He claims to have written a reunion scene that readers can request to have sent to them by the publisher, and when people did write in for it, Goldman sent them back a letter all about the legal reasons he could not send them the scene - all fictional, of course.
The man had me going for years. I read this thing when I was in sixth grade, mind you. I didn't realize there was no S. Morgernstern until I was in college. Anyway, while I was absolutely enthralled with this book, it occured to me today that I would put it on par with some of the greats, like Twain.
Plus, you know, it's also an amazing story. Zoo of Death, the most beautiful woman in the world, the Dread Pirate Roberts, a prince plotting murder to start a war, a hunchback criminal mastermind, a giant, the greatest swordfighter on the planet, true love, revenge. The man is a genius. It's good. Mind you, it was the first movie I'd watched that I'd read the book first, and it devastated me.
I mean it absolutely broke my heart.
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None of the charactes looked right. Everything was changed. The sharks were turned into eels. This person spoke a line meant for that person. Things were left out. It was all wrong. It just wasn't the book and I didn't like it. I've resigned myself to it since then, and admitted that yes, the movie is good and I forgive it it's shortcomings.
It did the best it could. The movie can't help it it's not as amazing as the book. There are so many things that just can't be translated to film, and there's no help for it. View all 19 comments. Long before the movie existed, I stumbled across this book in my college bookstore.
This cover spoke to my YA fairy-tale-loving heart: 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 Skim it if you need to. You'll get a lot of background history on the various characters, which can be extremely funny, and a little Long before the movie existed, I stumbled across this book in my college bookstore. You'll get a lot of background history on the various characters, which can be extremely funny, and a little poignant.
The movie is in large part very true to the book, but William Goldman has a dry, satirical sense of humor that doesn't entirely come through in the movie. But it's still about "Beasts of all natures and descriptions. 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!! View all 14 comments. I tried. I really tried to like this book. I had a problem with this particular edition from the very first pages.
First we have the introduction to the 30th edition: But no, not happening. First you have to read the introduction to the 25th edition. Who does this guy think he is anyway?! Soooo, I finally get to the story, yay! Except not. No more Goldman talking about Goldman! And so the story begins! Surprising as it may sound, I loved it at first. Well, I loved the first chapter. To put it plainly: I mean, how perfect can you get? Boring, boring, boring.
I guess I should have thought twice about reading the book because it is, after all, a fairytale.Continue reading. Goldman carried the joke further by publishing another book called The Silent Gondoliers explaining why the gondoliers of Venice no longer sing to their passengers under S.
Buttercup's Baby Edit The epilogue to some later editions of the novel, notably the 25th anniversary edition, mentions a sequel, Buttercup's Baby, that was "having trouble getting published because of legal difficulties with S. The website is defunct now, but if you went to princessbridebook.
Believing Westley to be dead, Buttercup is forcibly engaged to marry Prince Humperdinck , the heir to the throne of Florin. He then leaves to seek his fortune in America so they can marry, but she later receives word that his ship is attacked at sea by the Dread Pirate Roberts and assumes that Westley is dead. Have you been reading in the papers about the trade problems America is having with Japan?
Get age-based picks. Sign up for our Email Newsletters here. All the great fairy tale stuff and smart humor from the movie is there, but so is a large amount of inconceivable see what I did there?
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