The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) William Goldman

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 32mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 1 November 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0747545189
  • ISBN 13: 9780747545187
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 2,157

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Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts - who never leaves survivors - her heart is broken. But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humperdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup. So starts a fairytale like no other, of fencing, fighting, torture, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, hunters, bad men, good men, beautifulest ladies, snakes, spiders, beasts, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passion and miracles.

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Author information

William Goldman has been writing books and movies for over forty-five years. He has won two Academy Awards (for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men) and three Lifetime Achievement awards in screenwriting. His novels The Princess Bride and Marathon Man, are also published by Bloomsbury. He lives in New York City.

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By Rebecca Battersby 08 Sep 2010 5

Growing up watching the movie over and over again didn't come close to preparing me for the cheerfully satirical tone of this well-known story. Even though I knew exactly what to expect next, I couldn't drag myself away.

Until, that is, the second last chapter, when I quietly closed the book, burst into tears and called my mum to say that I couldn't bear to finish it, because that would mean it was the end. She told me to get a grip. I did. I finished it, I loved it, I cried some more. I'll never get to read 'The Princess Bride' for the first time again, but I will re-read and re-read and re-read it!

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'One of the most laconic, tightly-plotted tales of mythical morality you'll ever read, an anti-establishment satire disguised as a love story, more of a scary tale than a fairy tale' Uncut 'There's nothing fluffy about The Princess Bride. The rocket-powered narrative tricks you without being merely tricksy, and is both modern and timeless' Neon 'A funny thriller for readers who are about ten years of age or wish they were Readers of a nervous disposition should be prepared to skim rapidly over the Zoo of Death episode or stick to fiction mean for grown-ups' Spectator 'A spoof fairytale Terrific' Daily Telegraph

Editorial reviews

American writer William Goldman's The Princess Bride is the result of a huge labour of love. He fell in love with Morgenstern's 'classic tale of true love and high adventure' when he was ill as a child. In 1973 he produced his abridged version which concentrates on the fantasy and adventure elements of the original, following the fortunes of wonderful characters such as the mighty Fezzik, Prince Humperdinck and Buttercup, the 'beautifulest' lady in the world. This cult book defies category - thriller, fairy tale, adventure, love story - and is by turns scary, funny and magical. Brilliant stuff. (Kirkus UK)