The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure (Paperback)

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"I almost hesitate to say it, because the movie version of The Princess Bride is just about perfect, but the book is actually even better. It’s got all the parts you know and love from the movie, plus so much more to delight you.

Goldman begins with the pretense that he is actually abridging the story written by S. Guildenstern. There was no Guildenstern, however, so Goldman just makes up the ridiculous things he wants to mention but leave out, such as numerous pages devoted to detailed descriptions of all the hats being packed for a particular journey.

Riotously funny, filled with adventure and whimsy, this is the perfect addition to any library."

--Lucinda, Longfellow Books

— From Lucinda Recommends!


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.”

About the Author

WILLIAM GOLDMAN (1931-2018) wrote books and movies for more than fifty years. He won two Academy Awards (for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men), and three Lifetime Achievement Awards in screenwriting.

Praise For…

"[Goldman's] swashbuckling fable is nutball funny . . . A 'classic' medieval melodrama that sounds like all the Saturday serials you ever saw feverishly reworked by the Marx Brothers." --Newsweek
"One of the funniest, most original, and deeply moving novels I have read in a long time." --Los Angeles Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9780156035156
ISBN-10: 0156035154
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: October 8th, 2007
Pages: 464
Language: English