The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure : the "good Parts" Version

Book - 2007
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Presents the timeless love story between a farm boy named Westley and the beautiful Princess Buttercup, along with the author's comments on life and art as he attempts to edit the children's classic.
Publisher: Orlando :, Harvest Books/Harcourt Inc.,, [2007]
Copyright Date: Ã2003
ISBN: 9780156035156
Branch Call Number: FIC GOLDMAN 2007
Characteristics: xli, 414 pages : map ; 21 cm


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Aug 27, 2018

If you enjoyed the movie, then you have to read the book! The book provides a lot more detail and background information about the beloved and not so beloved characters and the kingdoms.

Buttercup is very empty headed and child like for the most part in the book, I did not enjoy her character that much. Way too much time was spent on her beauty and looks.... her personality is totally lacking and she is just an empty shell for the most part.

I totally enjoyed reading up on Westley, Inigo and Fezzik. They certainly have a lot of interesting stories and adventures leading up to the time we are introduced to them in the story. Pirates, fencing, romance, fighting, double dealings, torture....what else can you expect besides an amazing adventure?! Although there are times when Westley is just a little too much for me, like given how smart he is and how good of a fighter, he sometimes seems too dominant and overpowering against Buttercup.

One point that bothered me was how in the author kept inserting himself into the storyline just when it was getting interesting. Although I do appreciate not having to read 15 pages of the royal's journey and packing :P

Aug 16, 2018

Favourite book EVER - goes way into depth in each character's background that you don't see in the filM!

Jan 31, 2018

A great book. Much better than the movie.
S.Morganstern (male, not Mrs.) is the fictional author of the "original", also fictional, book. As a staff member at a used bookstore one Christmas I received a phone request for the original Morganstern book. I tried to break it gently that there is no Morganstern book. (I was tempted to add "and there is also no Santa Clause" but I refrained).

sarahbru17 Jul 26, 2017

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Easily my favorite book of all time. I saw the movie first, and this is one instance where the movie and book are equally wonderful even though they're very different. I've re-read the book at least three or four times. It's fast-paced with fantastic character development and fun author intrusions.

Beatricksy Jun 25, 2017

This book is comfort food for my soul. It's a postmodern fantasy box of tricks and delights, with literally everything a book could possibly have in it. Pirates, thieves, assassins, fencing, wrestling, travel, murder, miracles, love, hate, comedy, sorrow. Whenever I'm sad or reading too many lousy books, I go back to my core favorites, and this is one of them. Reading about the Zoo of Death always gets my heart a-racing, and I cry with Inigo for his father, and I cheer for Fezzik's successes in the castle, and I feel numb and broken with Goldman's younger self after the murder. If I could wish for anything, I miiiight wish Buttercup was a little less ditzy, but life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all.

Apr 25, 2017

A mostly interesting book which is spoiled by a few problems. First of all, Buttercup is dim. I don't mean that she's slightly behind, I mean that she's annoyingly, life-threateningly, mentally challenged. For crying out loud, girl, you could leave any time! The gates are open!! Secondly, the authorial asides were EXTREMELY distracting. I don't really want to know that, unless it helps the story along. (Although some of them were pretty funny.) I did like the book overall, but I couldn't quite get into it, which is too bad, as its oddness is part of its charm.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Apr 25, 2017

I want to say I loved this book, the story is much as I remember from the movie just with a little bit added. I found the "added bits" took me out of the story way too frequently; guess I have problems with those "satirical" elements. I did like the flushing out of characters, especially Inigo and Fezzik. I thought Buttercup was a shallow, thoughtless creature, not quite the same as in the movie. Why would anybody go through all the trouble for this gal? This makes for a great book club debate.

JCLStefanieE Jan 23, 2017

I was a fan of the film before I read the book and, while there are a few interesting distinctions between the two, there are many scenes that read verbatim to what is seen and heard in the movie. Prince Humperdinck is more likable in the film... he's quite a horrid character in the novel with his Zoo of Death. The addition of "Buttercup's Baby" at the end of the newer editions is a brief continuation of the story and an unexpected treat.

ArapahoeJillK Dec 16, 2016

This is my favorite movie. I had to read the book. It is just as wonderful. The author had me convinced that he was re-telling the "good parts" of a classic novel. I did some research to figure out the story's story. Very creative and engaging story filled with every feeling imaginable. A classic!

Aug 26, 2016

The real strength of this book is that is just ticks every box imaginable. It's a fairy tale, full of action, romance and revenge, and it has that timeless quality that the best fairy tales seem to carry. It was published in the 1970s but it feels like it should be a thousand years old, passed down from generation to generation. It's non-stop adventure, comedy gold and full of some of the most memorable characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading about.

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‘‘I must court her now,’’ said the Prince. ‘‘Leave us alone for a minute.’’ He rode the white expertly down the hill.
Buttercup had never seen such a giant beast. Or such a rider.
‘‘I am your Prince and you will marry me,’’ Humperdinck said.
Buttercup whispered, ‘‘I am your servant and I refuse.’’
‘‘I am your Prince and you cannot refuse.’’
‘‘I am your loyal servant and I just did.’’
‘‘Refusal means death.’’
‘‘Kill me then.’’

Aug 26, 2015

"Cynics are simply thwarted romantics."

Aug 26, 2015

"When I was your age, television was called books."

Jun 11, 2015

“Bye Bye, have fun storming the castle!”
“You think it’ll work?”
“It would take a miracle. Bye bye.”

Laura_X May 15, 2015

Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high.

Jun 24, 2014

"Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

Dec 01, 2012

"So you'll put down your rock and I'll put down my sword and we'll try to kill each other like civilized people?"

Dec 01, 2012

"As you wish"

njj_bw1996 Mar 21, 2012

Indego : hello, my name is Indego Montoya you killed my fater prepare to die!
Six fingered man: STOP SAYING THAT!

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Jun 21, 2013

It's got fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...but I've seen the movie often enough that it felt like the screen play with a lot of unnecessary bits and some flubbed lines. (Yes, I know the book came first.) Fun, nonetheless, tho.

FavouriteFiction Oct 29, 2009

Princess Buttercup and her true love Wesley battle against the evil Prince who wants to kill buttercup in order to start a war.

An abridgement of the classic story by S. Morgenstern.

The 1987 movie based on this novel stars Robin Wright and Cary Elwes and was directed by Rob Reiner.


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Apr 26, 2013

Other: mild violence funny parts

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