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The Princess Bride: An Illustrated Edition of S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure Hardcover – Illustrated, 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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A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beastsThe 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 Vizzinithe criminal philosopher who'll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzikthe gentle giant; Inigothe Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugenthe evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercups one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.
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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.
Seriously, this has to be one of the greatest 'lines movies' ever, by which I mean you will be quoting (indeed, spouting) lines from this movie for the rest of your life, once you watch it. Finally, you will understand why your friends say things like:
- You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
- Have fun storing the castle.
- Rest well and dream of large women.
- Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line
...and, of course, the classic:
- Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father! Prepare to die!
Seriously, if you are reading this review trying to decide whether or not to watch this movie, see it... JUST SEE IT!
Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
As you wish.
There's a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours.
I'm not a witch, I'm your wife. But after what you just said, I'm not even sure I want to be that any more.
It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there's usually only one thing you can do.
You're trying to kidnap what I've rightfully stolen.
Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder today. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam. And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva.
This is a wonderful family movie with some slightly scary elements. It's a funny, witty story about true love and fits into several different movie categories; Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Romance.
Now for some warnings: There's a fair bit of action-oriented violence, including a torture machine, sword fights, quicksand, fire pits, a death by poisoning, rodents of unusual size, and giant shrieking eels that attack the characters. There's also drinking, some kissing, as well as a bit of language ("son of a bitch," "Jesus!" as an exclamation) and, as I mentioned above, a reference to a character's "perfect breasts."
The tone and humor of this movie lessens the impact of the above mentioned items but, as always, it's best to watch it yourself to determine if you think it's appropriate for your family.