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5.0 out of 5 stars Loverley book and this is not an abridgement, June 10, 2001
This review is from: The Princess Bride: S Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure (Mass Market Paperback)
I have loved this book for years (I think it may be my favorite) William Goldman is a talented author especially with dialogue. This is a wonderful spoof/homage to old fashioned swashbuckling romance.
I noticed that a lot of people believe this book is an abridged version of the "original" S. Morgenstern book. Actually, Morgenstern does not exist, just try looking him up on the library of congress. He was just made up as part of the joke. Think about it, isn't a bit ironic that Morgenstern and William Goldman write EXACTLY the same way. This is supposed to be abridged, not rewritten. Plus, if Morgenstern existed, then Florin must too. Actually, Florin and Guilder were coins, the names were just borrowed. You'll never find the countries in your history book.
This is the Spinal Tap thing, the joke is done with a totally straight face so that there are always people who aren't exactly sure if it's the real deal. That was the reason Rob Reiner was chosen to direct the movie version.
Read this book, enjoy it, it is one of the best you will ever experience. The diaglogue is unforgetable (every sylabub!)
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Initial post: May 10, 2007 7:26:57 PM PDT
Jennifer says:
Apparently Amazon.com doesn't realize that S Morgenstern isn't real, either. So much for being among the top dogs in the business, eh?

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2008 7:40:41 PM PDT
Or maybe they enjoy perpetuating the joke...? :-)

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 3:20:37 PM PDT
Rachel says:
Except isn't this an abridged version of the William Goldman book?
I tried to download it on Audible but got a 2 hour audiobook that cut the comments Goldman supposedly made about S. Morgenstern's original and also cut dialogue and commentary that was supposedly in the original.
Of course S. Morgenstern's classic was created by Goldman but the audiobook is still abridged from the book, I believe. (I can't find the running time so I can't be sure, but 2 hours is way too short).

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2012 3:38:41 PM PDT
Yes, this IS an abridgment of the William Goldman book. For anyone who has read the actual book there are large sections missing in this reading by Rob Reiner.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2012 1:40:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 30, 2012 1:41:40 PM PDT
C. Harry says:
I think part of the confusion here is that Amazon has put all the reviews for the Goldman novel under the Rob Reiner-read audiobook. So it's a giant confused mess. Sorting it out...
- Like people have said, there is no S. Morgenstern original.
- The Goldman novel pretends to be an abridgment of this fictional S. Morgenstern book.
- The audiobook IS an abridgment of the Goldman novel, so it's missing a LOT of great stuff from the book. Also, it's worth mentioning that the Rob Reiner narration is not so great. Every character comes out with the same New York-y accent. So... if you loved the movie you should definitely read the novel, which has a lot of great content that didn't make it to the big screen. But don't bother with the audiobook. It doesn't add much to the movie experience.

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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2014 10:47:22 AM PDT
Kate says:
Is the audiobook the same abridgment as the 30th anniversary edition of the book? That's my favorite edition (talks about some behind the scenes stuff from the movie throughout the book). I'd definitely buy the audible of that!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2015 4:30:40 PM PST
I first read this book in my teens, back in the 1980s, and have sine re-read it several times. It remains one of my favorites.
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