Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Title: The Princess Bride
Author: William Goldman
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: July 15, 2003
Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Humor
Reviewed by: Angie Edwards
My rating: 5/5


What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be...well...a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad's recitation, and only the "good parts" reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He's reconstructed the "Good Parts Version" to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What's it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it's about everything.


I’m going to do this review differently from the way I usually do my reviews for one reason only. I don’t think I can say anything more about this magnificent book that hasn’t already been said by countless others. So, here are a few highlights from my experience with The Princess Bride.

Oh, and uhm…I haven’t seen the movie yet, but some say it’s better than the book.

Anyway, here goes.

Favorite scene: Too many too choose from!

Most suspenseful moment: When Buttercup fell into the snow sand in the Fire Swamp and Westley dove after her to save her and before he could reach her he discovered, to his horror, that the vine rope he made is too short...

Actually, there’s another scene that also had me clinging to the edge of my seat, and that’s the part in which Inigo and Fezzik made their way through the four levels of the Zoo of Death to get to the fifth level. Epic!

Favorite word: “Inconceivable!”  

Favorite characters: Undoubtedly Inigo and Fezzik

Characters that scared the hell out of me: Count Rugen and Prince Humperdinck (obviously!)

How many times did the story make me laugh? Countless times!

Describe the book in four words: Adventure, hilarious, memorable, brilliant!

And lastly...

Hello. My name is Angie Edwards. I’ve finally read The Princess Bride. I was not at all prepared for what it had in store for me.

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William Goldman is a screenwriter, novelist, playwright, and non-fiction author. Born in Highland Park, Illinois, USA, began his career as a novelist in 1957. Started writing screenplays in 1965 with "Masquerade". A two-time Academy Award Winner, he is one of the most successful screenwriters and script doctors in Hollywood.

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