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.

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
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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Apr 08, 2019

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

Mar 23, 2019

Actually I enjoyed the movie and the book "As You Wish" more. The behind the scenes making of the movie was fascinating and inspiring... especially the description of Westley and Inigo learning to fence... amazing!

Mar 10, 2019

Arya likes this book.

Feb 22, 2019

This has got to be one of my favorite books ever. This is not your classic boy-meets-girl, sweeps-her off-her-feet and they-live-happily-ever-after fairy tale. The supporting characters from Vizzini's band of kidnappers to Mad Max and Valerie make a rich tapestry for the reader. What I also love is the way the movie complements the book rather than being a "less-than" alternative as is often the case. Goldman's genius storytelling improves with each reading. Definitely a classic!

Aug 27, 2018

If you enjoyed the movie, then you have to read the book! The book provides a lot more detail and background information about the beloved and not so beloved characters and the kingdoms.

Buttercup is very empty headed and child like for the most part in the book, I did not enjoy her character that much. Way too much time was spent on her beauty and looks.... her personality is totally lacking and she is just an empty shell for the most part.

I totally enjoyed reading up on Westley, Inigo and Fezzik. They certainly have a lot of interesting stories and adventures leading up to the time we are introduced to them in the story. Pirates, fencing, romance, fighting, double dealings, torture....what else can you expect besides an amazing adventure?! Although there are times when Westley is just a little too much for me, like given how smart he is and how good of a fighter, he sometimes seems too dominant and overpowering against Buttercup.

One point that bothered me was how in the author kept inserting himself into the storyline just when it was getting interesting. Although I do appreciate not having to read 15 pages of the royal's journey and packing :P

Aug 16, 2018

Favourite book EVER - goes way into depth in each character's background that you don't see in the filM!

Jan 31, 2018

A great book. Much better than the movie.
S.Morganstern (male, not Mrs.) is the fictional author of the "original", also fictional, book. As a staff member at a used bookstore one Christmas I received a phone request for the original Morganstern book. I tried to break it gently that there is no Morganstern book. (I was tempted to add "and there is also no Santa Clause" but I refrained).

sarahbru17 Jul 26, 2017

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Easily my favorite book of all time. I saw the movie first, and this is one instance where the movie and book are equally wonderful even though they're very different. I've re-read the book at least three or four times. It's fast-paced with fantastic character development and fun author intrusions.

Beatricksy Jun 25, 2017

This book is comfort food for my soul. It's a postmodern fantasy box of tricks and delights, with literally everything a book could possibly have in it. Pirates, thieves, assassins, fencing, wrestling, travel, murder, miracles, love, hate, comedy, sorrow. Whenever I'm sad or reading too many lousy books, I go back to my core favorites, and this is one of them. Reading about the Zoo of Death always gets my heart a-racing, and I cry with Inigo for his father, and I cheer for Fezzik's successes in the castle, and I feel numb and broken with Goldman's younger self after the murder. If I could wish for anything, I miiiight wish Buttercup was a little less ditzy, but life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all.

Apr 25, 2017

A mostly interesting book which is spoiled by a few problems. First of all, Buttercup is dim. I don't mean that she's slightly behind, I mean that she's annoyingly, life-threateningly, mentally challenged. For crying out loud, girl, you could leave any time! The gates are open!! Secondly, the authorial asides were EXTREMELY distracting. I don't really want to know that, unless it helps the story along. (Although some of them were pretty funny.) I did like the book overall, but I couldn't quite get into it, which is too bad, as its oddness is part of its charm.

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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.’’

Aug 26, 2015

"Cynics are simply thwarted romantics."

Aug 26, 2015

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

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.

Jun 24, 2014

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

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?"

Dec 01, 2012

"As you wish"

njj_bw1996 Mar 21, 2012

Indego : hello, my name is Indego Montoya you killed my fater prepare to die!
Six fingered man: STOP SAYING THAT!

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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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Apr 26, 2013

Other: mild violence funny parts

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