The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

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

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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: New York : Ballantine Pub. Group, 1998.
ISBN: 9780156035422
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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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.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Apr 25, 2017

I want to say I loved this book, the story is much as I remember from the movie just with a little bit added. I found the "added bits" took me out of the story way too frequently; guess I have problems with those "satirical" elements. I did like the flushing out of characters, especially Inigo and Fezzik. I thought Buttercup was a shallow, thoughtless creature, not quite the same as in the movie. Why would anybody go through all the trouble for this gal? This makes for a great book club debate.

JCLStefanieE Jan 23, 2017

I was a fan of the film before I read the book and, while there are a few interesting distinctions between the two, there are many scenes that read verbatim to what is seen and heard in the movie. Prince Humperdinck is more likable in the film... he's quite a horrid character in the novel with his Zoo of Death. The addition of "Buttercup's Baby" at the end of the newer editions is a brief continuation of the story and an unexpected treat.

ArapahoeJillK Dec 16, 2016

This is my favorite movie. I had to read the book. It is just as wonderful. The author had me convinced that he was re-telling the "good parts" of a classic novel. I did some research to figure out the story's story. Very creative and engaging story filled with every feeling imaginable. A classic!

Aug 26, 2016

The real strength of this book is that is just ticks every box imaginable. It's a fairy tale, full of action, romance and revenge, and it has that timeless quality that the best fairy tales seem to carry. It was published in the 1970s but it feels like it should be a thousand years old, passed down from generation to generation. It's non-stop adventure, comedy gold and full of some of the most memorable characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading about.

Aug 25, 2016

The Princess Bride was and still is my favourite movie ever, which is why I decided to read the book by William Goldman. I really loved this book for many reasons. First of all, I learned more about the characters I fell in love with on screen, and they were all just as great in the book. Also, I love the whole adventure theme and the era it took place in. This, combined with the romance between the two main characters, made The Princess Bride one of the best books I have ever read. I loved the authors writing as well, and I was able to finish the book very fast. I would recommend this book to anyone 12 or over and anyone who enjoyed the movie adaptation. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.
@bookaholic of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

This book is a classic. It is everything people love about fictional books combined into one- there’s adventure and romance, princesses and swordfights, giants, kings, queens, magic and pirates. It’s funny, sad and exciting all at once. William Goldman is a genius (despite the fact that he won’t admit that he’s the author) and this book is really enjoyable. Children and adults will all find this book to be a one of a kind experience and will want to read and re-read it over and over. The storyline is very creative and original and should be read by everyone at least once in their life. 5/5 Stars.
- @Bookworm123 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Some may not know that the popular movie The Princess Bride was adapted from a pre-existing book. No matter if you enjoyed, disliked, or never even watched the film, the original novel is certainly worth a read. The author begins the story by telling the readers that this is an abridged "good parts version" of his favourite book his father read to him as a child, even though the original book does not exist. Just as he claims, the entirety of this book are the "good parts." Even though this story may seem like a cliché retelling of classic children's fairy tales, Goldman takes his spin on them with his exceptional humour. There are unexpected comical situations, and absolutely hilarious dialogue. Even when the author goes off on a tangent to provide history of characters or situation, they are equally as entertaining as the main story. However, the novel is not just about the snarky humour, and has heartwarming moments and lovable characters to accompany the comedy. An incredibly satisfying read, The Princess Bride is the ultimate definition of an adult fairy tale.
- @G1Park of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

What a sweet tale that will truly forever be a classic. I read the 25th Anniversary version that gave a lot of backstory at parts, and it was truly an interesting spin. The author added "italicised" notes to explain a lot of detail that was never mentioned before, which I found interesting. The story of not only Buttercup and Westley are brought to life, but also Inigo Montoya and Fezzik. Just watching the movie does not explain any of their history and how they came together, unlike this book. I kind of wished happily ever after was all that ever happened, but sometimes things just don't work like that. 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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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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