The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure : the "good Parts" Version, Abridged

Book - 2007
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William Goldman's modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests--for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love--that's thrilling and timeless.

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Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible--inconceivable, even--to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you'll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an "abridged" retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that's home to "Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions."

Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2007.
ISBN: 9780151015443
9780156035156
0151015449
9780156035217
Branch Call Number: FIC GOLDMAN
Characteristics: xli, 414 p. : map ; 24 cm.

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The movie version of this book is so well-loved and well-known you may not feel the need to read William Goldman’s original text, but you’d be missing out – there is even more adventure, true love, and treachery to be had, plus the movie couldn’t fit even half of the hilarious and frequently insi... Read More »

The iconic book behind the iconic movie. Full of swashbuckling adventure and the Dread Pirate Roberts (aka Westley) with a princess to save and an evil prince and henchman to thwart.

The book that inspired the movie that launched a thousand hysterical, highly--quotable lines. A beautiful tongue-in-cheek parody of fantasy romance.

Even better than the movie!


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Super_Summer
Jun 30, 2020

The Princess Bride is by William Goldman who claims to have edited the actual version by S. Morgenstern. It is about a beautiful girl named Buttercup, who falls in love for Westley, a farm boy. He soon departs to make a fortune but is then captured by Dread Pirate Roberts, who never leaves a survivor. That makes Buttercup heartbroken. She says she will never love again, but her charm draws attention to Prince Humperdinck who is in need of a wife. Then starts a fairy tale adventure, and you must read it to find out. One of my favorite parts of the book includes the three scenes where three different people with amazing skills have to fight the man in black. I like the action in those scenes and there are some funny parts in it as well. I also like the comedy and the commentary the author adds in parentheses, but I wish it had more jokes because the amount of humor in the book doesn’t live up to what I hoped for. I also have mixed thoughts on the ending, I like it, yet I’m not very satisfied either. Lastly, this book has a bit of a slow start but as you keep reading, it gets more interesting and entertaining. I encourage you to watch the movie if you enjoy the book! To sum up, The Princess Bride is a fairy tale with lots of action and humor, but it can be a bit slow at the beginning.

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GreySea
Jun 29, 2020

Having only seen the movie, I was SO confused when I started to read the book. Once I finally figured it out... I had completely lost interest. I think I'll stick to the movie.

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pink_panther_736
Jun 07, 2020

I didn’t know there was a book!!

Okay, so I LOVE the movie adaptation of this and had seen it before I even knew there was a book. I read the book and was pleasantly surprised to find how close the movie stuck to the script of the book. I wasn’t really into the whole ‘butting in with Goldman’s life story right in the middle of an important scene’ thing but I read the cut-in parts anyway. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes love stories with fencing, torture, Zoos of Death, and plots to start a war. :D

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anne1212li
Mar 14, 2020

It is a classic tale suitable for all ages. There is adventure, love, and most imprtantly, comedy. This book has everything you want and more. It breaks all fairytale stereotypes, yet, keeps to them and shows readers not everything is as perfect as it should be. The Princess Bride is a little disappointing in some ways, for example, Prince Humperdinick's surrender, but it relates to the theme of breaking barriers of fairytales. Wonderful remake of the "good parts."

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MEILEEANDERSON
Mar 11, 2020

In all the years of watching the movie, I've never cracked this book open until now. What a treat to read! As I gallivanted through the pages the voices of the actors and actresses from the movie rang were heard clearly. The author has this device he uses in which he interrupts the reader with an aside...a behind the curtain detail that may or may not have anything to do with the actual story. After a dozen or so of those I found them a bit tiresome and I was not a fan of the alternative ending in Buttercup's Baby. Overall, I had to give this book five stars because I found myself smiling pretty much the whole time. I am a fan of Buttercup, Westley, Fezzik, Inigo Montoya...the whole crew.

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AutumnRoseNorris
Feb 20, 2020

Classic. Everyone should read this at least once.

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clgmaine
Jan 30, 2020

This book (and the movie) is my all-time favorite. I often prefer the book to the movie, but in this case, I like them both equally; albeit for slightly different reasons.
Another book, written by Cary Elwes (who plays Westley in the movie) entitled “As You Wish” about the making of the movie; is also enjoyable — though it’s helpful to see the movie first to give some context.

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Shelbymoffatt
Jan 24, 2020

Probably one of my all time favourite movies and books! Such a great way to tell a story, if you're looking for a book that really interacts with you as a reader as well as being hilarious this is the book for you!

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harrisaj7
Jul 03, 2019

If you love the movie, you should totally read this! While the movie is faithful to the story, it was still great to get all the funny details that the film didn’t have time for.

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sarahlrobb
Apr 08, 2019

A fun and interesting read, blends together the authors satire and comical comments along with a thought out story.

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pink_panther_736
Jun 07, 2020

“We’ll never survive.”
“Nonsense. They only say because no one ever has.”

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anne1212li
Mar 14, 2020

"Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya; you killed my father; prepare to die."

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angellacody
Sep 25, 2017

"INCONCIVEBLE!"

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Geraldine9
Aug 26, 2016

‘‘I must court her now,’’ said the Prince. ‘‘Leave us alone for a minute.’’ He rode the white expertly down the hill.
Buttercup had never seen such a giant beast. Or such a rider.
‘‘I am your Prince and you will marry me,’’ Humperdinck said.
Buttercup whispered, ‘‘I am your servant and I refuse.’’
‘‘I am your Prince and you cannot refuse.’’
‘‘I am your loyal servant and I just did.’’
‘‘Refusal means death.’’
‘‘Kill me then.’’

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kmarushy
Aug 26, 2015

"Cynics are simply thwarted romantics."

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kmarushy
Aug 26, 2015

"When I was your age, television was called books."

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DanielleH_0
Jun 11, 2015

“Bye Bye, have fun storming the castle!”
“You think it’ll work?”
“It would take a miracle. Bye bye.”

Laura_X May 15, 2015

Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high.

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nhtinea
Jun 24, 2014

"Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

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indigo_pineped_3
Dec 01, 2012

"So you'll put down your rock and I'll put down my sword and we'll try to kill each other like civilized people?"

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andrewgraphics
Jun 21, 2013

It's got fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...but I've seen the movie often enough that it felt like the screen play with a lot of unnecessary bits and some flubbed lines. (Yes, I know the book came first.) Fun, nonetheless, tho.

FavouriteFiction Oct 29, 2009

Princess Buttercup and her true love Wesley battle against the evil Prince who wants to kill buttercup in order to start a war.

An abridgement of the classic story by S. Morgenstern.

The 1987 movie based on this novel stars Robin Wright and Cary Elwes and was directed by Rob Reiner.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 26, 2013

Other: mild violence funny parts

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