The Princess Bride
A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts – The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.
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 henchmen, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she’ll meet Vizzini – the criminal philosopher who’ll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik – the gentle giant; Inigo – the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen – the evil mastermind behind it all. 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.
So, I of course have watched this movie — it was a staple of my age, but had never read the book. It was impossible to read without seeing the actors and movie play out in my head. Exact phrases were the same, so there was little space in my mind for imagination — I suppose that happens when you watch a movie before reading the book, which I try to do when I can.
The book is just as great as the movie — the only thing that kept it from being a 5-star read for me was the weird author commentary throughout. He made this whole big deal about how this was an edited version of a previous work by an author named Morganstern, and no such work existed. So, all the commentary by the author is written in a non-fiction voice, but it’s completely made up. So, that was a little odd for me.
The story is great, though, and certainly worth the read.
Would I recommend this to a fellow book lover? Yes.
Would I recommend this to my teenage daughter? Yes.
4 of 5 stars.