Book Review: The Princess Bride by William Goldman
So many feels this week, be still my heart!
Let me first give you all a little backstory. Growing up a child of the 80’s, The Princess Bride has always been, hands down, my most favorite movie of all time. I can quote the entire movie line by line (and to the annoyance of those who watch the movie with me, I do so…frequently). Westley was one of my first ever fictional crushes (a close second was Macgyver….80’s kid remember?). My most shinning parenting win was when my then five year was told to brush his teeth and he promptly head into the bathroom proclaiming, “Asssssss yooooooou wiiiiiiiish”.
Now for an embarrassing truth.
I had absolutely no idea that this was originally a book (insert gasp here).
The self proclaimed booknerd who devours everything she can get her hands on HAD NO CLUE HER FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME WAS A BOOK?! It’s shameful I know.
This year for Christmas, my husband gifted me with a copy of the 30th edition.
“It’s a book?!” I gasped clutching my new treasure to my chest
“It is” he replied with a grin (he knew he won Christmas this year for sure).
So here I am, learning all sorts of new things about one of my most cherished childhood stories.
For those of you who have been living under a rock in recent history (or like me who only knew of the movie version). The Princess Bride written by William Goldman and published in 1973, later still to be written into a screen play, giving us the 1982 classic of my childhood.
Buttercup is a beautiful farm girl who falls in love with the quiet farm hand Westley who leaves said farm to strike out on his own in search of riches in order to return home again and marry his beloved, not as a poor farm boy, but as a made man. Thought dead at the hands of pirates, a broken hearted Buttercup acquiesces to a marriage with Prince Humperdinck (booooo) but not long before the wedding is kidnapped by a clever Sicilian, a Master Spaniard swordsman, and a fiercely strong giant. Trailed by a mask man in all black, the gang of three kidnappers is slowly bested by the man in black who ultimately reveals his true identity to Buttercup. True love, adventure, loss, magic and revenge weave a tale that is truly unforgettable.
For fans of the movie who have not read the book, please….do it now. It was so exciting to read my favorite one liners from the movie in novel form. “My name in Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.” Perhaps even better than that, was reading all the new (to me) passages from the book which were not represented in the movie. Reading snippets of back story on Fezzik and Inigo, the Zoo of Death, and the torture of Westley at the hands of the Count. And can we talk about the illustrations for a second? This edition was illustrated, beautifully so, by Michael Manomivibul. They added just another layer of perfect whimsy to an already perfect story.
But wait! There’s more!
THE STORY DOESN’T END THERE
There is a sequel in the works entitled, Buttercups Baby, with Goldman joking it may be ready by the 50th anniversary of The Princes Bride (sorry dude, I can’t wait that long!). While initially hesitant about treading into new territory with my favorite characters, after reading the excerpt at the end of the 30th edition, I have to say….. I am foaming at the mouth to finish it. (As long as no one dies, my soul couldn’t take such torture!)
So I will leave you with this bookworms. I apologize for such a nostalgic review this week but I feel like a kid again, my favorite characters are alive and well in a novel with the promise (hope?) of more to come in the future. If you are a fan of the movie and haven’t read the book- do it. If you have never heard of either, read the book and watch the movie. You can come back to thank me later.
Until next week friends!
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