Monday, October 20
Book Review: The Princess Bride
Author: William Goldman
Summary: The Princess Bride, is a timeless tale that pits country against country, good against evil, love against hate. This incredible journey and artfully rendered love story is pepped with strange beasties monstrous and gentle, memorable surprises both terrible and sublime, and such unforgettable characters as….
Westley, the handsome farm boy who risks death (and much worse) for the women he loves; Inigo, the Spanish swordsman who lives only to avenge his fathers death, Fezzik, the gentlest giant ever to have uprooted a tree with his bare hands; Vizzini, he evil Sicilian with a mind so keen he’s foiled his own perfect logic; Prince Humperdinks, the eviler ruler of Guilder, who has an equally insatiable thirst for war and beauteous Buttercup; Count Rugen, the evilest man of all, who thrives on the excruciation pain of others; Miracle Max, the King’s ex Miracle Man, who can raise the dead (kind of)’ and of course, Buttercup…the princess bride, the most perfect, beautiful woman in the history of the world.
My Rating: 9.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This book is likely one of the most entertaining and funniest fairy tale romance fantasies, I have ever read. I read it for the 24 Hour Read-a-thon, and it was worth saving it for that. I giggled non stop at the story. The whole novel is based upon making an abridged version of the “good parts” of the authors favourite childhood story. So, the book is filled with sarcastic and funny remarks on why he took certain parts out, including pages upon pages on hats. (It will make more sense if you read it). The story also includes random rants on fights with his publishers about writing the “abridge version”. Combine this with the fantasy fairy tale, filled with sword fights, odd creatures and swamps, and the most unusual collection of characters you will ever get together in one book, this becomes a timeless classic (satiric) fairy tale, everyone should read. If you seen the movie, then you will like this. I liked the book better, but I tend to be a bit of a sarcastic person. And I am telling you, don’t expect the book to make a lot of sense, because it doesn’t. It also has one of my favourite, non endings in a book, although I can’t put it in here because I’ll spoil it, if you would like to know, just ask and I’ll let those who wish to know, what it’s all about.
Overall, a hilarious sarcastic fairly tale, a very light and enjoyable read, that will make you smile, route for the good guys and watch them all live sort of happily ever after but they did then didn’t or sort of did, depending on who you ask (read the book, and the little ramble will make much more sense). Inconsiderable! (Sorry, just had to put that in).
Would I recommend it to read: Yes I would. But, if you’re looking for a romantic fantasy, then this may disappoint you. It’s different from the movie, and yes it does have that nice aspect of romance, but it’s a huge mockery of the classic fairy tale. But it is a worth while read, that will make you laugh out loud.
What to read next: Stardust, Alice in Wonderland (it has that wacky sort of appeal to it).
Please note this is a repost, as the original was accidentally deleted.