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The Princess Bride: An Illustrated Edition of S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure Hardcover – November 5, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Illustrated edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0544173767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0544173767
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR THE PRINCESS BRIDE "[Goldman's] swashbuckling fable is nutball funny . . . A 'classic' medieval melodrama that sounds like all the Saturday serials you ever saw feverishly reworked by the Marx Brothers." --Newsweek
 
"One of the funniest, most original, and deeply moving novels I have read in a long time." --Los Angeles Times

About the Author

WILLIAM GOLDMAN has been writing books and movies for more than forty years. He has won two Academy Awards (for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men), and three Lifetime Achievement Awards in screenwriting.

Customer Reviews

After watching the movie I decided to get the book.
Marie E. Ryznar
There is so much more humor in the book than they could pack into the movie.
Kevin Dau
The illustrations are beautiful and really add to the story.
Carmen F. Correia

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Dau on December 10, 2013
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I love this classy edition with illustrations that intentionally avoid tying in with the movie. There is so much more humor in the book than they could pack into the movie. However, be aware that the fuller treatment of the book does put a bit of a different take on the characters and if you love the way they're depicted in the movie, you may be put out at times by the book. It would be best to say the the book and the movie are two different experiences of the same story.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. B. Alder on March 11, 2014
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This is my favorite book in all the world. I've bought this book probably a half dozen times for my self and mostly friends since reading it in college. This is a beautifully designed edition out with some great artwork to enhance the story. The book is a little heavier than other versions so this one will be better for your home library than in a backpack but even so I highly recommend this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By shannon S. windham on December 9, 2013
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The Princess Bride is a charming and funny fable filled with love and adventure. It's the kind of book that will keep you up all night not wanting to put the book down. This fairy tale dances through adventure and shows us what fighting for love is like. It’s not only a love story but also a book with excitement and suspense which is why it’s a must read.

William Goldman writes The Princess Bride as an abbreviated novel. The original book was written by S. Morgenstern, but Goldman rewrites it and cuts out all the boring parts and left only the fun and adventuring parts of the book which makes every page interesting and exciting. No one wants to read a book when there are continuous boring chapters that make it hard to want to continue reading. The Princess Bride is not boring but filled with lots of excitement, love and adventure. It starts off with Buttercup, who is one of the world’s twenty most beautiful women; she lives on a farm with her parents, her horse, which she enjoys riding, and Westley, their farm boy. Westley always responds to Buttercups request to "as you wish” and he is secretly in love with Buttercup. Throughout time Buttercup realizes that she is deeply in love with Westley and confesses her love to him. Shortly after, he tells Buttercup he is leaving America to seek his fortune. As they say there goodbye they share the most beautiful kiss. Buttercup’s heart is broken because Westley is leaving. Later, Buttercup agrees to marry a Prince by the name of Prince Humperdinck. Before their marriage Buttercup is kidnapped by some bad guys and taken away on a boat. The story goes on with suspense, fighting, fencing, pain, sadness, a giant, a man in black, and a surprise and unexpected turn… all things that make a great novel.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RuthSophia on May 15, 2014
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I absolutely LOVED reading this book....

Goldman claims took out the "dry" and "boring stuff" that Morgenstern had in his book. Which basically means all the satire on Florin is gone (the stuff that the Florin history buffs love). Of course, now I want to go hunt up his enormous book and read it for myself (even though this "unabridged" book doesn't exist ... I know, I tried finding it!), even though apparently Morgenstern wasn't concerned about the material that makes up the hilarious "good parts" version. The book is just as quotable as the movie. ...It really is a must read.

Goldman's "abridgement" style is wonderful. He tells you what he is cutting out and why, and then tells the story in Morgenstern's actual words. Well, that's what he wants you to think ... I think it's just part of Goldman's style to say he edited a book to allow for some of the "lapses" - but that doesn't change the fact that I think this is a great book! And the lapses fit the style of the book very well - creative writing in fine form.

Read the book...Enjoy life. Unlike Westley you probably only have one to live.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Raul R. Estela on July 12, 2014
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My favorite movie! I had never read the book and decided to pick up this copy. I find myself chuckling to myself as I read the book. My wife has claimed dibs on reading it next. While the movie is fantastic, the book nicely fills in some details not included in the movie.You can't go wrong with anything related to The Princess Bride.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marie E. Ryznar on February 9, 2014
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After watching the movie I decided to get the book. It was so enjoyable. Recommend it for everyone's library. Enjoy
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kevin on March 29, 2014
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If your fan of the movie its a must read, however if you are familar with star trek next genration where they used a holodeck with in a holodeck this is how this author of this book rights. Goldman creates a world with in a world very elegantly. The second book Butter cups baby is in this copy but there is no other evidence that there is more to it. All in all the book is a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wsk on August 8, 2014
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I've had a paperback copy of this book ever since the movie came out. When I saw this edition in my local bookstore, I couldn't wait to get home, order it on Amazon and add it to my collection. It has heavy pages, beautiful illustrations and an unexpected heft to it. If you love the book, or the movie, do yourself a favor and pick this up. You won't regret it!
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