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The Princess Bride

S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
Goldman, William (Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Presents the timeless love story between a farm boy named Westley and the beautiful Princess Buttercup, along with the author's comments on life and art as he attempts to edit the children's classic.
Authors: Goldman, William, 1931-
Title: The princess bride
S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and high adventure
Publisher: Orlando : Harvest Books, 2007, 1973
Characteristics: 414 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: the "good parts" version, abridged by William Goldman
Notes: Includes reading group guide
Summary: Presents the timeless love story between a farm boy named Westley and the beautiful Princess Buttercup, along with the author's comments on life and art as he attempts to edit the children's classic.
ISBN: 0156035154
9780156035156
Branch Call Number: FICTION GOLDMAN 2007
Subject Headings: Castles Fiction Princesses Fiction
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Love stories
Adventure stories
Topical Term: Castles
Princesses
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Presents the timeless love story between a farm boy named Westley and the beautiful Princess Buttercup, along with the author's comments on life and art as he attempts to edit the children's classic. -

Both a wonderful fairy tale and a high-wire act of metafiction. (No Virginia, there is no S. Morgenstern.)


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Jul 02, 2014
  • FindingJane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Irreverent, surprising and off the wall, “The Princess Bride” is definitely an unusual kind of novel. This story has all the typical elements of a fairy tale—only not quite. Featuring a dimwitted milkmaid turned princess, an astonishingly resourceful farm boy, a scarred Spaniard who’s been pursuing revenge for two decades and a gentle giant with a penchant for rhymes, et al., “Princess” defies expectations and easy explanations.

Mr. Goldman invented both the “original” book and its author as a narrative device to narrate a book that manages to be for children and adults, a fairy tale without a single fairy in it and one without a typical happily-ever-after ending. It is humorous, satirical, wry and bittersweet. Whether Mr. Goldman was fed up with fairy tales or simply thought that he could do better, this movie scriptwriter has created a “classic” story that is as poignant and witty as when it was first published over three decades ago.

Jun 16, 2014
  • Elizabeth Spencer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good overall but unless you're a very hardcore reader, skip the italic parts.

Apr 30, 2014
  • 0Charlie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

As a longtime fan of the Rob Reiner film, I was curious to see the source material. I was amazed at how much of what I remember from the movie is already there in the novel. I enjoyed the author breaking in to the story to give his "two-cents" at crucial, pivotal moments. Recommended to adult readers as the younger crowd would probably not have the patience for the asides.

Feb 04, 2014
  • natalie_f rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is a fantastic classic/ comedy. This one is hard to put down and will now be added to my hard to get into list of favorites!

Dec 05, 2013
  • oboechica88 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a really quirky read. I thought it was really funny in that off the wall way Hitchhiker's is, but with much less relevance to the story line. I found while overall the book was as humorous as the movie, it went off on these really weird tangents about geography or history (to show that it's an abridged version of a serious text). I get why he wrote it, but I tend to like my stories a little more straight forward. I like the movie better...this one is a bit ADHD for me.

For the full review, head to my book blog at so long and thanks for all the fish.

May 21, 2013
  • joliebergman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

To my great surprise, I liked the movie more.

Apr 26, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

haha funny stuff

Jun 15, 2012
  • EllipsisPhotoghraphy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Goldman is a brilliant author that weaves humor with ease through this novel. His characters are so well developed its like you could talk to them. The book, of course, is so much better than the movie.

Aug 18, 2011
  • library_babe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my all time favourite fantasy novels. The Princess Bride is the perfect escapist fantasy at its most verbose.

"The Grandson: A book?
Grandpa: That's right. When I was your age, television was called books. And this is a special book. It was the book my father used to read to me when I was sick, and I used to read it to your father. And today I'm gonna read it to you.
The Grandson: Has it got any sports in it?
Grandpa: Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...
The Grandson: Doesn't sound too bad. I'll try to stay awake.
Grandpa: Oh, well, thank you very much, very nice of you. Your vote of confidence is overwhelming. "

A delightful twist on classic fairy tales, what you will remember is the brilliant, witty dialogue and wonderfully memorable characters.

As you wish ...

Jul 05, 2011
  • Raiiner rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The movie was only okay for me, but the book was AMAZING. I heartily recommend it.

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taguchimiyuki thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 13

Feb 25, 2013
  • orange_eagle_41 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

orange_eagle_41 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Oct 24, 2011
  • Keep_On_Rockin rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Keep_On_Rockin thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Aug 18, 2011
  • library_babe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 21, 2013
  • andrewgraphics rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's got fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...but I've seen the movie often enough that it felt like the screen play with a lot of unnecessary bits and some flubbed lines. (Yes, I know the book came first.) Fun, nonetheless, tho.

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Apr 26, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Other: mild violence funny parts

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"Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

"My name is Íñigo Montoya. You killed my father... prepare to die"

Dec 01, 2012
  • indigo_pineped_3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"So you'll put down your rock and I'll put down my sword and we'll try to kill each other like civilized people?"

Dec 01, 2012
  • indigo_pineped_3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"As you wish"

Aug 18, 2011
  • library_babe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Miracle Max'z wife, Valerie: "I'm not a witch, I'm your wife. But after what you just said, I'm not even sure I want to be that any more."

Aug 18, 2011
  • library_babe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fezzik: [to Inigo regarding the man in black] "You be careful. People in masks cannot be trusted."

Aug 18, 2011
  • library_babe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles. "

Aug 18, 2011
  • library_babe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"This is true love - you think this happens every day? "

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Dec 01, 2012
  • indigo_pineped_3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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