Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Princess Bride

                                   The Princess Bride

            S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure 
       By William Goldman;Harcourt

Summary: 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 Humperdink, and once again rescued by the henchmen and pirate who absconded with her in the first place. 

In this dazzling adventure, she will meet Vizzini- the criminal philosopher who will do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik- the gentle giant; Inigo-the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup's one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate. 

My Review:  The only reason I read this book is because it is one of my favorite movies of all time. Let me just tell you this is so worth reading! William Goldman is hilarious with his commentary throughout the  whole book. It all started with  him as a little boy sick in bed and having his father read to him from Morgenstern's The Princess Bride. Then he went on and wrote the screen play for the movie and eventually wrote the unabridged version of The Princess Bride. He really makes The Princess Bride something worth reading. 

The book is just as brilliant as the movie. I laughed throughout the entire thing. The difference between the movie and the book is that in the book you get a back ground story for all the characters and you become familiar with Prince Humperdink's Zoo of Death. The Zoo of Death is where Humperdink keeps all of these dangerous animals to hunt.  The Background stories really helped me to understand the characters better. My favorite background stories were Inigo and Fezzik's. Inigo's shows how he became a master swordsman after the death of his father. Feezik's shows how he dealt with his "giant self" as a child and how his strengthen became a major part in his life.  I'm going to be totally honest with you. Buttercup is an idiot. Sorry to say it, but it is true. She may seem all brave and strong in the movie, but in the book she comes across as a babbling idiot. I really couldn't stand her and I kept wondering why in the world  did Westley even wanted her. Westley is way to good for her in my opinion. On the other hand Westley is a complete and total genius! His comments and performance as a whole is entertaining both in the movie and the book. He keeps you enthralled throughout the  whole story. 

 I highly highly recommend this book. If you love the movie I can guarantee you will love the book. Its INCONCEIVABLE! 

Things to Watch Out For:  Evil villains, murder, sword fights, poisoning, kidnapping, torture on humans and animals, R.O.U.S, kissing, and drinking.

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