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."
The Princess Brideby William Goldman
Where to begin…
The Princess Bride is a hilarious whirlwind adventure story about a beautiful woman, a man who loves her, a man who wants her, and a whole lot of people that get in the way. It is a story about love, hate, power, revenge, bravery, deceit, a lot of running, and a little bit of magic. Its most interesting feature is that it does not quite fit into just one genre; it has a perfect blend of romance, adventure, humor and fantasy that guarantees a rollercoaster ride for any reader--young or old--regardless of personal tastes.
William Goldman’s genius is clearly evident in the hilarious exchanges, colorful characters and plot twists that make The Princess Bride such a delight. Underneath this cleverly woven tapestry is a background narrative that leaves a reader wondering just how serious Goldman is about his childhood, his family and the inspiration for the story. His clever interruptions, far from being distractions, only make this masterpiece a more compelling read. Buttercup’s story is a timeless tale that will transport any reader into her chaotic world. The ending was a little abrupt, especially for such an immersive book, but that is forgivable considering the whole ‘inconceivable’ package.
Believe all the hype. The Princess Bride is truly an amazing book.
Profanity/Language: 2 religious exclamations; 1 derogatory name; 1 scatological word; 1 anatomical term.
Violence/Gore: A murder is reported secondhand; a character is poisoned; a character is kidnapped; a woman is threatened and rough-handled several times; characters are rendered unconscious; a character’s terrifying nightmares are described; an animal dies from torture; few swordfights occur, sometimes resulting in injury, mutilation and death; a character enjoys killing animals; a character enjoys torturing another; quicksand and fight with mythical creatures result in human injury and death of animals by sword, fire and consumption by their kind; report of a child mutilated by an adult; a character almost gets eaten by sharks; characters fight off deadly animals; characters are threatened with extreme violence and death; a character contemplates suicide; character is tortured and dies; extended scenes of actual and fantasy violence are described.
Sex/Nudity: Characters flirt; characters embrace and kiss; characters admire and describe the physical features of others; characters dedicate their bodies to each other; reference to breasts.
Mature Subject Matter:
Murder, kidnapping, torture, revenge, death, considered suicide, emotional child abuse.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
1 character is an alcoholic.
Reviewed By Olamide