The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 32mm | 300g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747545189
  • 9780747545187
  • 9,618

Review quote

'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 Telegraphshow more

About William Goldman

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 more

Review Text

This comes on like the hip fairy tales on TV - the best ones - with that constant finger-popping humorousness. But it is a real fairy tale and that is how it affects you - the men in the black capes especially, although there is also intrigue, love and danger. And if that isn't enough, it's 'being retold' in one of those elaborate narrative setups that gets things going on more cogitative levels. The story is supposed to be the old Florinese classic that Goldman's father (a disappointed old Florinese immigrant) read while Billy was getting over pneumonia. Now it's years later and Billy, a successful author married to a child psychiatrist, tries it on his own son who is eating compulsively. The effect is not the same somehow, and Goldman, looking at the text himself for the first time, understands why. The book was really a political satire! Dad, bless him, had skipped all that and just read the good parts. So Goldman is reconstructing dad's version, screw his son, because the good parts are what he likes. You only have to think of Barth and Borges and the uses they make of such tricks to appreciate how silly and really deeply likable this is. Because the story takes over and the whole point of everything is to ingratiate. As a last tease, you can read it as an allegory about America. There's a little too much distraction to be sure - how, how much or even whether Goldman means it. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

Rating details

638,439 ratings
4.25 out of 5 stars
5 51% (327,628)
4 30% (190,486)
3 14% (86,738)
2 3% (21,064)
1 2% (12,523)

Our customer reviews

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!show more
by Rebecca Battersby
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