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The Princess Bride Deluxe Edition HC: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure Hardcover – October 10, 2017
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“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.
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I daresay the book has even more humor and more wit than the film adaptation. William Goldman's story telling is pure genius, writing from a satirical 1st person perspective of how he created an abridged version of an old non-fictional book from a fictional country written by a fictional author. As you read through the "abridged version" you will frequently stumble across familiar lines you've come to love from the film ("INCONCEIVABLE!") but with slight variations in certain parts (ex. a more detailed story of how Wesley and Buttercup fall in love on the farm), and often times even more brilliant substance added to classic scenes you already love (Prince Humperdink's Zoo of Death).
You also gain a better understanding of the film and why certain scenes play out the way that they do, such as why Inigo drunkenly yells out to Vizzini that he's going "back to the beginning" and the backstories to both Inigo and Fezzik beginning from childhood.
After reading the book you'll have a newfound appreciation for the movie which you'll see is a fantastic adaptation, and you'll have a fantastic time wrapped around Goldman's hilarious finger as he guides you through a truly wonderful story that feels exactly like the timeless classic we've enjoyed watching for years.
If you've never seen the movies, you'll like the book. If you've seen the movie a million times like I have, you'll LOVE the book. It's truly a must have for every Princess Bride fan. You won't be disappointed.
This is, by far, the nicest version of the book I've ever seen. No cheap anniversary text on the cover, like the 25th Anniversary Edition. Much more attractive than the foolishly short run of the Eastman (I believe) edition. I just missed that one and it shot up in price, nonsensically. A blessing in disguise. This one is far superior.
It's a nice, larger, book, with good size text and nicely spaced. The brown color of the book, with the gold accents really go well together. Add the rough cut of the page edges and it really comes across as an old fashioned classic. The illustrations are done nicely as well. I don't know if they could have done anything better.
If you're looking for a beautiful, classic looking edition of the book that is a good size to read and will look great on your bookshelf, this is the one. I tip my hat to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
For the uninitiated movie-only watchers, everything between the covers of this book takes place in an alternate universe where there exists countries called Florin and Guilder (both defunct currencies in our world) and a great Florinese writer named S. Morganstern. Morganstern wrote a novel called The Princess Bride, which Goldman's Florinese grandfather read to him when he was bedridden as a child. What grandpa didn't tell little William was that he skipped over wide swaths of the novel and only read him the "good parts." William grows up and discovers his grandfather's edits, and decides to release an annotated "good parts" version of The Princess Bride.
Sure it's a bit meta, but Goldman's dedication to the concept in his prose really sells it, especially in the additional content, which consists of his of course fictional efforts to produce a good parts version of Morganstern's sequel "Buttercup's Baby." Much of his travails make him sound very Woody Allenesque.
Oh yeah, there's also fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...but you know that part already. It's all there -- Westley and Buttercup and Inigo and Fezzik and Vizzini and Humperdink -- mostly intact as it was presented in the magnificent movie, with a little more backstory for the various players.
Alas, if you're looking for a strong female character, you'll find this book sorely lacking, but you probably knew that already, too. Frankly, Westley could've done better.