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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
by Avi
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure.. Sea.. Pirates.. A Great Tale For Women!, May 9, 2003
Avi has written award-winning books for a pre-adolescent audience, with a captivating voice and with unmatched success. Perhaps readers remember him from "Nothing But The Truth". In "True Confessions" he writes a novel about a strong and subversive young girl who defies mores and conventions of her day, rid the bad guy from the scene and save the day. It is full of mystery, suspense and plenty of action. Nevertheless, the romanticism of the historical period, the precise descriptions of the ship and the overall sense of good winning is remarkably written. I read this novel as a younger girl, and was quite entranced. The 1991 original cover featured Charlotte, radiant, her hair windswept wearing a lovely dress, by the starboard of the ship. This cover might have fooled some readers. Far from the conventional romance or swash-buckler it may come off as at first, it is not. It is Charlotte Doyle who single handedly finds herself, rescues others while doing it and defeats the terrible, dictatorial, sadist sea captain Jaggerty.
Initially, Charlotte, following the formulaic conventions of Victorian women of her day, does not oppose Jaggerty, even though some crew members, who are good at heart, desire mutiny. After she discovers for herself how cruel, how insensitive and inhuman this Jaggerty is, she joins the crew, dresses a sailor and finds herself in a spiraling series of events leading to the climatic finale. Charlotte Doyle is a great heroine, free-willed, independent and still, very feminine. She is a great role model in literature for young girls who can read the exciting prose of Avi.
I don't need to praise this novel anymore. Avi has done a marvelous job, a wondrous work of historical fiction with a strong awareness of women's empowerment. Hurray for Avi. I have not read a book by him in a long time. Perhaps he did'nt have to. Charlotte Doyle is his masterpiece and his other novels will live forever in the book shelves of many libraries and bookstores. Even if you have to find the out-of-print original copies. There are ways... thank God for the internet.

The Ladies' Paradise (Oxford World's Classics)
The Ladies' Paradise (Oxford World's Classics)
by Emile Zola
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New Under The Sun ? Re-Read The Novel, May 9, 2003
With his Rougon-Macquart series, Emile Zola established the family saga. He put into naturalistic prose and photographic narrative the tales of a family and how their lives are affected by their surroundings. In L'Assomoir, he focused on the lives of the Provencals, those who live in the French countryside, whose lives may appear peaceful and orderly but might not be at a closer look. In Nana, he wrote about the world of the courtesan or high class prostitute operating in the beauty and sex-obscessed French culture of Paris. In "Au Bonheur Des Dames" (The Lady's Paradise) Zola exposes the capitalism and consumer culture of fashion, as expressed in the sales at the department stores.
It was the time of Karl Marx, a time when conservative elements came into conflict with those of individual expression and equal rights. Previously, Emile Zola's novels were bleak, Dickensian and depressing, making a cynical social commentary that progress and idealism is stifled under staunch older generations of Republican power (in this case the French Second Empire under Louis Napoleon III). He conveyed so much pain and suffering in "Germinal" about the coal mine workers in rural France. Like John Steinbeck of the 19th century, Emile Zola immersed himself in what he wrote, treating people as humanly real as possible, touching a chord to so many for his unabashed truths.
In The Ladies Paradise (the title refers to the name of the high class department store in downtown Paris), Zola portrays the fetish and profitable business of women's fashion. Octave Mouret, who at fist comes off as a money-loving, greedy, corporate seducer learns the value of progress and the rights of the individual. Where as he had always dominated women, manipulating them to buy his endless carrousel of hats, silks, gowns and shoes, he cannot win the affections of the newcomer sales girls Denise.
Denis eyes become our eyes as we see into the sexist world of consumer capitalism. Even today, this holds true. Women are encouraged, enforced and expected to be beautiful and attractive, with 0 size dresses, with fashionable tastes and so forth. Those who cannot meet society's self-imposed ideals of beauty crack under the pressure, becoming anorexic, anxious and sick. Super models, department stores, fashion magazines and the latest trends to look like Britney Spears (and behave just as shallow and air-headed) is the way to happiness they say. Emile Zola completely transports you to Paris of the 1870's and 1880's a time when the world seemed to be losing its better values. Is it still losing its values ? Only through advocating women's rights, individual expression, equality, and less stifling elements in society are we truly to be happy.

Adam - Giselle  (complete ballet) ~ Offenbach - Gaîté Parisienne ~ Strauss Graduation Ball / Fistoulari, Dorati
Adam - Giselle (complete ballet) ~ Offenbach - Gaîté Parisienne ~ Strauss Graduation Ball / Fistoulari, Dorati
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Living Art : Ballet At Its Best, May 9, 2003
Recorded in the 60's, Antal Dorati conducted this version of Giselle with unmatched success. Dorati was a fan of the dance-art, and had worked with the Paris Opera Ballet, the Monte Carlo Ballet and various American and European dance companies. The passionate, soulful and precise, artistic dedication he spent on his ballet scores were always impressive. The orchestra becomes a dynamic background to the footwork and leaps of physical movement from the dancers. Giselle is considered the first official ballet to many. It was certainly a trend setter. The Romantic movement of the early 19th century inspired writers and artists to leave behind their dull, worldy affairs and retreat into worlds of whimsy, romance and adventure. Adolphe Adam, the Paris-born composer of Giselle, based it from the novella by the German author Heinrich Heine, who wrote about a tragic love unfulfilled against the backdrop of the Black Forest, the Reine River and the elusive, terrifying night creatures called the Willis- jilted brides who dance long after their death as ghosts and lure men into their own deaths.
Such intensity striked Adolphe Adam and with brilliant choreography by experts like Jules Perrot, he caused quite a sensation when he introduced it to the Paris Opera ballet. It was an instant beloved classic. The signature women in white tutus, which would later be used in Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" originates in the dance of the Willis. Giselle is a beautiful peasant girl, with a nearly unhealthy fondness for dancing and daydreaming.
Like most girls of the 1840's, Giselle dreams of a handsome prince who would rescue her from living in rustic squalor. The dashing hunter Albrecht is in fact a prince in disguise. But apparently, he was seeking love and adventure outside the dull, loveless and conventional society in his immediate royal family. He does fall in love with Giselle, but must compete with the likes of Hilarion, a village man who also desires Giselle for his wife. It is discovered that Albrecht is not only a prince, but an engaged man. This sends the heartbroken Giselle into madness and she dies.
And that's only Act 1 ! Remember, the dead are not as they seem. This is especially true for the bride-ghosts, the Willis. They have initiated Giselle as one of them, their hordes lead by the sinister Queen Myrtha. When Albrecht and Hilarion come to pay homage to the fallen Giselle at her tomb, the Willis appear and entrap them. Hilarion is killed. But only upon Giselle's intervention is Albrecht saved. The bittersweet, tragic ballet is beautiful to behold years later, eventhough the musical score, tailor-made to fit the primitive techniques of the Paris Opera ballet. It is this light, lush music that makes it a capsule for a time in history that ballet lovers surely revel in recalling. This is also the time of the paintings by Edgar Degas.
Antal Dorati brings Giselle alive once again fresh from the 60's and enjoyable today. All ballet fans have to start from here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Opera At Its Most Visceral: A Masterpiece, May 8, 2003
This review is from: Salome (Audio CD)
Richard Strauss based his 1905 opera "Salome" on the already banned play by Oscar Wilde. In Edwardian England, where formality and strict Conservative values were still upheld, the story of Salome's lust for John the Baptist and her necrophilic kiss on his severed head was far too shocking. Nowadays, in the wake of glorified gore in violent tv programming and movies, this is nothing to become upset about.
Rather, the intensity of the opera, as conveyed through Strauss' music and on this recording aptly interpreted by the Vienna Orchestra, prove to be extremely effective to the "insanity" of the emotions. The music is erratic, nearly Wagnerian in its daring dissonance. Salome is sung by the great soprano Birgit Nilsson, who has been hailed as the greatest Brunhilde of all time. Her voice has many textures, rich, dramatic, powerful, yet vulnerable and light, and her Salome is perfect. Although to look at Birgit Nilsson in person she could not look like the young, troubled teen Salome. Nevertheless, in a recording, visuals and appearances don't matter. It's all about the voice. Birgit Nilsson really dazzles the listener in this recording. Just listen to her! Especially in the final scene, the shocking scene, in which, after frustrated for not having Jochanan (John the Baptist) as her lover, she decides to have his head on a platter.
This is in the Bible, although we don't know for sure if it even happened. Perhaps later Chrisitians wrote this to make John the Baptist, who was closely involved with Jesus, into a Christian martyr as well. Perhaps Salome was infatuated by him after all, and although a princess could have anything she wanted, she could not have John the Baptist, for he was highly religious, pure and abstained from secular pleasures. This could have prompted her to listen to her mother, Queen Herodia's wishes to have John the Baptist's head on a platter. And we know why Herodias wanted John's head. John never approved of her illicit marriage and relationship with Herod. We must really acknowledge that it was ultimately Salome's decision. She could not have been that youngignorant. She was a mature young woman, a princess, and in a powerful position. She was also very sexy, by most accounts.. after all, she aroused Herod, her own father and the other men at his party when she danced the Dance of the Seven Veils.
George Solti conducts with his usual grandeur, precision and magnetism. It's really the best of the Salome recordings.

Disney's Beauty And The Beast: Original Broadway Cast Recording
Disney's Beauty And The Beast: Original Broadway Cast Recording
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Love Story Ever Sung, May 7, 2003
After the hit success of Disney's 1991 Beauty and the Beast (it almost won Best Picture that year!) it became inevitable that a Broadway musical would be produced. It is "Beauty and the Beast" that has become the most popular, longest running show in Broadway. Beauty and the Beast the musical will still be playing years and years from now, well into the 21st century. Perhaps it will still be playing in 2091. The success lay in the artistic coming-together of it all.. the brilliant characterization of fairy tale people who suddenly become more real, the charming comedy and satire on looks versus inner beauty and true love. Undoubtedly, it is Disney's greatest masterpiece.
The soundtrack to the musical is chalk-full of the magic the live performance offers. From the moment we hear the prelude, and the curious question, "Who could ever learn to love a beast ?" we are transported. Transported to 18th century France, where a beautiful book-loving girl from a one-horse town in Provence named Belle wanders about town. She attracts the attention of the vainglorious and egotistic Gaston, a hunter and the sexiest man in town- albeit the most uneducated and brainless. Eventually, Belle finds herself in the Beasts' castle, where she has promised to stay in return for the well-being of her aged father Maurice. Although they are worlds apart, and despite the Beasts' monstrous temper, Belle tames the Beast through her patience and her virtue. Memorable are such songs as "Something There" and the title song "Beauty and the Beast" to which the already smitten Beast waltzes with Belle in his ballroom.
The musical features original songs by Time Rice and Alan Menken that did not appear in the film due to time. These songs include Belle singing desperately about returning home in "Home" and the joyous celebration of the household objects becoming flesh again in "Human Again." It's a story that will never die. Beauty comes from within.. when will people realize that ? And the great allegory is told through such great personages as Cogsworth, an uptight clock, Mrs. Potts a motherly and compassionate tea pot and her mischievous son Chip, and of course, Lumiere, the candelabra who serves as host, who talks like Maurice Chevalier and has all the ususal Frenchman's apetites. Five stars...Beauty and the Beast forever!

Sleeping Beauty (Special Edition)
Sleeping Beauty (Special Edition)
DVD ~ Mary Costa
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon A Time In 1959: A Disney Masterpiece, May 7, 2003
1959: Disney's presence had already been established. "Snow White" was the first animated film ever to grace the big screen and Disney had dazzled audiences with the 1940 "Fantasia". But in 1959, "Sleeping Beauty" won the hearts of fairy tale lovers, romance lovers and the young at heart. Disney was back in the saddle. The animation to the Sleeping Beauty was taken from the greeting card designs and artwork of a 50's artist. Set in the medieval 14th century, at times resembling the beautiful tapestries and cathedrals of the day, Sleeping Beauty is embellished with cool hues of purple, blue, green and black. A magic romanticism fills the air from start to finish. The score to the film was taken from the ballet music of the Tchaikovsky ballet by the same name. "The Sleeping Beauty" ballet is in fact Tchaikovsky's greastet musical masterpiece, and Disney merely sliced up some of the melodies to fit certain moods and scenes in the film. He also put lyrics to the enchanting "Sleeping Beauty Waltz"- in the song "Once Upon A Dream" in which the Prince and the would-be Sleeping Beauty meet for the first time, waltz and fall in love.
True in many respects to the old fairy tale, which some claim originated in Germany, others in France, where it is known as "La Belle Au Bois Dormant"- the tale is brought back to life through classic Disney charm. Princess Aurora (named after the Roman goddess of the dawn) is born to King Stephen and his Queen (The March from the Tchaikovsky ballet plays) and all the inhabitants of the land come to her Christening in the great hall of the castle. Aurora's three fairy godmothers Flora, Fauna and Merryweather (later Disney animators said they based them on three actual little old ladies) bestow the baby princess with the gifts of song and grace. But the Gothic enchantress Maleficent, the rotten apple in the bunch, was not invited and naturally, she is outraged. She wears a purple-black robe, has Devil horns on her head and her constant companion on her shoulder is a black raven. "Sometimes I don't think she's very happy" Fauna says of her. Caught up in a nasty mood, the evil sorceress casts an evil spell on Aurora. She will prick her finger on a spinning wheel an die on her sixteenth birthday. To avoid this catostrophe, King Stephen orders all the spinning wheels burned. Merriweather, the fairy in blue, brings hope- only the kiss of a brave and noble prince will lift the curse of the death-like sleep.
That prince is Phillip, who was already engaged to wed Aurora as a boy, (in an obvious statement about political unions in European monarchies). The three fairies do their best to prevent the terrible fate on Aurora, so they hide with her in their cottage in the deep forest and change her name to Briar Rose, raising her as their own child. But.. luck would have it, she meets Prince Phillip as he is hunting, they waltz and fall in love and she is brought back to the castle where she was born. There, Maleficent makes her prick her finger on the spinning wheel in a hypnotic trance. The spell is cat Poor Aurora...
But you know the rest, don't you ? Fairy tale loves always have a happy ending. The Tchaikovsky music, the artistic animation, and the engaging story will delight audiences as far into the future as 2059. In 1959, children and young girls might have been captivated (they said that Aurora was based on either Leslie Caron or Audrey Hepburn) but in the future, the tale will still win hearts. Young girls will once again be gripped. Virtue will be rewarded. After all, "true love conquers all."

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Romantic Masterpiece On DVD, May 5, 2003
This review is from: Titanic (DVD)
1997: We remember Titanic. The "ship of dreams" set sail from England to New York in 1912. It sank after striking an iceberg. Although many lost their lives, there were some survivors who recall with nostalgia, with sorrow, with a plethora of feelings and images the terrible disaster. One such woman is Gloria Stuart's character, Rose DeWitt Bucator. James Cameron directed a blockbuster, which earned him Best Picture and became the most popular film of the late 90's. And it all revolves around the elderly 100 plus Rose, remembering her lost love, Jack Dawson (Leonardo Dicaprio in his greatest and most memorable role). She says, "He saved me, in every way a woman can be saved." Although it is Jack who loses his life, he has made it possible for the ill-at-ease Rose to break away from the gilded cage of her loveless engagement with Cal Hockley (Billy Zane) and the pretentious society he is part of.
This film on DVD is the theatrical experience all over again. We genuinely root for the perfect couple that Jack and Rose are, we dislike the villainous, self-centered Cal Hockley. The romance takes up most of the first half of the film, embellished with the luxury of the ship's upper class dinner halls and ballroom. Authentic period costumes of the Edwardian era enhance the characters and their way of life. For example, Rose is trapped in a world built solely on appearances, on subjugation of women to be ornaments on their husband's arm. The wealthy elitists on the ship are pretentious and hypocritical (one of the aristocrats is even flaunting his mistress while his wife is at home with the children). The exception is the newly rich Molly Brown (Kathy Bates) who came from a humble Ozark life to newly acquired fortune made by the discovery of oil- these events are pretty much told in the musical "Molly Brown", herself based on a true survivor of the ship. She was a pleasant, unpretentious, caring, humorous noble woman whose spirit was as they said "unsinkable." Kathy Bates' portrayal of Molly Brown is quite enjoyable, as she seems to be the only noble and heroic and less hypocritical of the upper class people. Below deck, the lower classes are an earthy bunch, drinking beer, playing fiddles and trying to make the best of things.
We know what happens in the last half of the movie. Enhanced with striking, visceral effects and lots of water, the ship sinks in the middle of the Atlantic. Rose lives to tell her tale. The movie is a beautiful tale of survival, heartache and passion. Few films come that way. Nowadays, the love story between Jack and Rose may seem to sentimental and too unrealistic for some. But we know better.

Sappho's Leap: A Novel
Sappho's Leap: A Novel
by Erica Jong
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Comes In Many Forms: Erica Jong At Her Best, May 4, 2003
This review is from: Sappho's Leap: A Novel (Hardcover)
Erica Jong is best known for her first novel "Fear of Flying" which was immersed in tremendous success. Pro-feminist, spiritual, poetic, tolerant and highly intellectual, Erica Jong has written numerous novels that deal with women, men, true love, lust, bad relationships, good relationships, the list is endless. Her novels are of the highest literary caliber, and the erotica she writes goes far beyond sensual pleasure. It becomes a religious experience.
Erica Jong's "Sappho's Leap" is about the historic lesbian poet Sappho, who lived in thousands of years ago in the Greek island of Lesbos. From Lesbos, we get the term "lesbian." And it was Sappho who encouraged free love, female independence, equal rights and a lot of modern ideals that were considered unorthodox in her day. Sappho was enamored with women, as well as men, and this quasi-historic novel does not merely serve to titillate the reader with her erotic adventures, it is instead a great portrayal of the great Greek poetess, a mystic journey back in time and a fervent celebration of life.
Sappho is born to an aristocratic family. When she was born, a prophetess announced that she would become famous one day. Aphrodite champions Sappho's cause and makes a bet with Zeus. Zeus and Aphrodite play a game with her life... will Sappho become the famous singer and Greek philosopher she wants to be ? Or will, as Zeus, insists, merely conform to women of her time and marry an unworthy man ? It is Sappho, in the end, who decides her own destiny. The novel is romantic, highly dramatic and full of historic accuracies, enhanced visually by the involvement of gods, goddesses and historic figures such as Queen Jezabel from the Old Testament and the fable writer Aesop. A good read for men and women alike, this novel is sure to touch you with its humor, sadness, and profound wisdom. Viva Erica Jong!
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The Princess Bride (Special Edition)
The Princess Bride (Special Edition)
DVD ~ Cary Elwes
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Captivating Adventure Romance Is Now On DVD, April 27, 2003
1987: It was inevitable. William Goldman's novel "The Princess Bride" would become a hit film. It has everything the novel had and is captivating from start to finish. Starring Robin Wright in her cinematic debut, Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Peter Falk, Wallace Shawn, Mandy Patinkin, Fred Savage and 80's wrestling legend Andre the Giant. Based on thes novel, and following it almost to the letter, it's a worthy addition to your film collection. If you are a fan of romance, high adventure and fantasy, this will be a treat. The parody elements, which are humorous, remains as William Goldman intended when he wrote his satire, but much of the charm in the film come from the storybook treatment. This does not mean, however, that is only to be enjoyed by a younger audienc. Indeed, everyone can benefit from "The Princess Bride", regardless of age.
Peter Falk plays Grandpa, who comes to entertain his grandson (played by Fred Savage otherwise known to many as Kevin Arnold from the hit 80's series "The Wonder Years") who is bedridden with a cold. Relunctant at first, skeptical that a story with the name "The Princess Bride" can hardly be entertaining to a young boy his age and even worse he asks "Is this as kissing book ?." Eventually, he is won by the high adventure and even the romantic elements at the very end.
Cary Elwes (Robin Hood Men In Tights) plays Wesley, the poor stable boy who falls in love with the beatiful Buttercup (Robin Wright). Wesley seeks his fortune in America and when he does not return, Buttercup fears the worst- he must have been captured and killed by the dread pirate Roberts. Later on, the vainglorious, selfish and wicked Prince Humperdinck makes Buttercup his fiancee and takes her to his castle. When Buttercup is kidnapped by an Italin genius named Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) and a light-headed giant (Andre the Giant), she is saved by a masked stranger after overcoming such daring escapes from the Cliffs of Insanity and a Fire Swamp. The masked stranger is revealed to be none other than the very much alive Wesley. But Prince Humperdinc imprisons him and tortures him and is determined to go on with the wedding. But because he knows Buttercup does not return his love, in a fit of jealousy and madness, he intends to have her killed. The good guys, of course, will win. Wesley will triumph and at his side the heroic Spaniard Inigo Montoya (played by Mandy Patinkin).
On DVD, the film is an experience all over again. If you watched the theatrical release back in 1987, lots of memories will re-emerge. It is a classic, to be enjoyed by the young and old for generations to come. The book was'nt bad either.

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure (The 25th Anniversary Edition)
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure (The 25th Anniversary Edition)
by William Goldman
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece.. A Parody Of Romantic Adventure, April 27, 2003
William Goldman's novel, "The Princess Bride" is a must have for fans of fantasy, romance and adventure. Tinged with sophisticated humor, parody, satire and fairy tale elements, there is no literary work quite like it. William Goldman has written for the movies (Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kid, The Stepford Wives) and "The Princess Bride" itself became a popular film in 1987. There are, in the market, two versions of the novel- paperback and hardcover. This hardcover edition boasts on having "the good parts", abridged so that only the more appealing aspects remain, alluring its reader to the fabled classic by S. Morgenstern. S. Morgenstern had written prolifically and abundantly on court etiquette and a history of the fictitious European kingdom of Florin. Goldman proceeded to abridge the long novel and leave only "the good parts"- fencing, poison, daring escapes, true love, hate, revenge and good guys versus bad guys.
Of course, this is merely to attract the impressionable and excitable young reader. There is no S. Morgenstern, it is all William Goldman's fabrication. But the idea works in this novel. The novel is written in comprehensible diction, it is not stuffy, not eloquent or lofty in language. It is dramatic, exciting and very convincing. The novel, after all, is a parody of escapist fantasy romance. Buttercup was a farmer's daughter who fell in love with the field hand Wesley. Wesley went to America to seek his fortune but never returned. Thinking he had died or was captured by the "dread Captain Roberts", an evil pirate, Buttercup mourned his absence and vowed "I will never love again." Wesley, however, is not dead, and returns to Florin to seek his true love. Nevertheless, he finds that Buttercup has become betrothed to the wicked, odious Prince Humperdinc.
Humperdinc is a vain, conceited and sinister man. His motives for marrying Buttercup were never those of true love. Being the villain, his real goal is to have her killed. I will not give out the rest of the story for those who have not read it. As always, my advise is to read the novel first, then see the movie. But you will be greatly satisfied with the novel. The characters are rich, unforgettable and highly entertaining- we are amused by the witty repartee of the genius Italian bandit who captures Buttercup, his sidekick the less intelligent giant, and the brave and daring Spanish hero, Inigo Montoya.
This novel is romantic, witty, humorous, exciting, and never dull. The novel is a welcome collection in your bookshelf. Kudos to William Goldman for his creative genius on this very literary and sophisticated work of fiction.

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