Book Title: The Princess Bride
Book Author: William Golding
Book Rating: ☆☆☆☆ (4 out of 5 stars)
Synopsis: “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.”
I have seen the film adaption of this story literally dozens of times, so it is a quite strange that I am just now getting around to reading the book. This is a story that really does have something for everyone: adventure, romance, action, suspense, quests for revenge, and oodles of humor and witty dialog. I don’t really feel that this book really added anything of real importance that wasn’t depicted in the movie, but I did really enjoyed the back stories for Inigo and Fezzik, which made me love and appreciate their characters even more. This book is played off as an “abridged” version of S. Morgenstern’s classic tale. Of course, Morgenstern didn’t exist, and Goldman’s “abridgement” is all to add to the humor of the story.
This book would have easily been five stars for me, except for all of the asides and commentary from Goldman. I know that they were intended to be humorous, but I felt that they were more if a distraction than anything else and disrupted the flow of the story. Other than that, if you love the movie, then I think you will like this book! Unfortunately, I am one of the few that prefers to the movie to the book, but nevertheless, this is an excellent novel.