Author: William Goldman
Title: The Princess Bride
Genre: fantasy, fairytale, romance, adventure
My rating: 4/5
Once upon a time came a story so full of high adventure and true love that it became an instant classic and won the hearts of millions. Now in hardcover in America for the first time since 1973, this special edition of The Princess Bride is a true keepsake for devoted fans as well as those lucky enough to discover it for the first time. What reader can forget or resist such colorful characters as
Westley . . . handsome farm boy who risks death and much, much worse for the woman he loves; Inigo . . . the Spanish swordsman who lives only to avenge his father's death; Fezzik . . . the Turk, the gentlest giant ever to have uprooted a tree with his bare hands; Vizzini . . . the evil Sicilian, with a mind so keen he's foiled by his own perfect logic; Prince Humperdinck . . . the eviler ruler of Guilder, who has an equally insatiable thirst for war and the beauteous Buttercup; Count Rugen . . . the evilest man of all, who thrives on the excruciating pain of others; Miracle Max. . . the King's ex-Miracle Man, who can raise the dead (kind of); The Dread Pirate Roberts . . . supreme looter and plunderer of the high seas; and, of course, Buttercup . . . the princess bride, the most perfect, beautiful woman in the history of the world.
S. Morgenstern's timeless tale--discovered and wonderfully abridged by William Goldman--pits country against country, good against evil, love against hate. From the Cliffs of Insanity through the Fire Swamp and down into the Zoo of Death, this incredible journey and brilliant tale is peppered with strange beasties monstrous and gentle, and memorable surprises both terrible and sublime.
Perhaps it was kinda late for me at my 25 years of age to read The Princess Bride for the first time. But hey, better late than never right? I enjoyed reading this book very much. It's funny with all those brackets containing "this is before europe but after america" thingy. I couldn't stop smiling. So I can see why this book was one of the canons of fantasy. But I have to admit that the climax is a bit of an anticlimax. I get the whole point of life isn't fair and all but it's just a bit strange. Especially the part where Westley was supposed to die the second time since the pill was only working for 45 min (although the trio thought it worked for 60 min). Westley suddenly woke up again and later he told buttercup that it was because he pleaded to the "Lord of Permanent Affection" to live another day. Well, it occured to me that if he can beg the Lord to bring him back, why didn't he do that in his first death? hmmm... I don't know it's a little bit unplausible.. but I guess that's why it's fantasy. Other than that, the story is fantastic and indeed I want to watch the movie now!