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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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"One of the funniest, most original, and deeply moving novels I have read in a long time." --Los Angeles Times
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Here William Goldman s beloved story of Buttercup, Westley, and their fellow adventurers finally receives a beautiful illustrated treatment.
A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.
As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchman, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she'll meet Vizzini the criminal philosopher who'll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik the gentle giant; Inigo the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.
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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.
This is the ultimate way to read the story. Definitely worth every dollar. :)