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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 was surprised by how this book was written. I was expecting to read the novel "The Princess Bride" but it contains Mr Goldman's experience with the book as a child with his... Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Kindle Customer
this is one of my favorite books ever the story is just so well told. I actually previously owned this book and decided the get if you my friend for my birthday. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kcm1519
Goldman's greatest, I highly recommend The Princess Bride to anyone. However, try to find an old edition rather than this one, preferably one that was printed before the movie was... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Rose Blue
the princess bride is a classsic great book my favorite and the movie is the best ever aundre will be missed buthe mde the movie perfect the book is justvas great easy and fast to... Read morePublished 3 days ago by piratelady
I've read many books over the years but this one stands out for several reasons: I read it without putting it down, I found it's departures from the movie to be nuggets of gold,... Read morePublished 7 days ago by andy
Much richer and funnier than even the excellent movie adaptation, this book is a must read for everyone young at heart.Published 7 days ago by M. Wang
Goldman's adaptation is exceptional. I think his edits are spot-on and well explained. It's a great story that everyone should read.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer