Today's Flashback Friday feature is The Princess Bride By William Goldman. I read this book right when the movie The Princess Bride came out but this was not my book cover but I do love it so I just had to use it....^_^.
The Princess Bride is a true fantasy classic. William Goldman describes it as a "good parts version" of "S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure." Morgenstern's original was filled with details of Florinese history, court etiquette, and Mrs. Morgenstern's mostly complimentary views of the text. Much admired by academics, the "Classic Tale" nonetheless obscured what Mr. Goldman feels is a story that has everything: "Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good 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."
Goldman frames the fairy tale with an "autobiographical" story: his father, who came from Florin, abridged the book as he read it to his son. Now, Goldman is publishing an abridged version, interspersed with comments on the parts he cut out.
Is The Princess Bride a critique of classics like Ivanhoe and The Three Musketeers, that smother a ripping yarn under elaborate prose? A wry look at the differences between fairy tales and real life? Simply a funny, frenetic adventure? No matter how you read it, you'll put it on your "keeper" shelf. --Nona Vero --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I loved reading this book. When I first saw the movie I knew I had to read this book. In the movie they make reference to an abridged version of the story so I made it my mission to find out were to get the "full" version. Back in the late 80's I didn't have Google.Com to help me so I never found it. It was only years later I learned that their was no abridged version and no S. Morgenstern. It was all just a little "story" that William Goldman used as sort of a clever way to make you believe his book was actually all the "good stuff" from the S. Morgenstern book without the "supposed" extra pages of details and such. The story of Wesley and Buttercup was so fun and exciting that it had something for everyone. Fencing, sword fighting, pirates, robbers, torture, wizards, giant rats, a hero, a princess, and evil prince, an evil "sheriff", and so much more. If you have only seen this movie you really should pick up this book and give it a read and if you have read this book in the past you should pick it up again and re-read Buttercup and Wesley's journey to true love.
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