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                                                     (book cover links to Goodreads)

Keywords: fiction, science fiction, fantasy

Stars:
★★★★

Summary:
What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it’s about everything.

Review:
You know, for the longest time I had trouble with the question which came first: the movie or the book? And who was Morgenstern, the supposed author of the original story, why could I only find this abridged version? Where was the original.
Let me put this to rest for any other wonderers. The book came first. The original author was William Goldman. Morgenstern was a fictitious author William made up to make his work seem like an abridgement on purpose. That being said, there is very little difference between the movie and the book. In the book we’re given a bit more character expansion and a little more background and after story. A great story, and a great movie adaptation! How often can you say that?

 

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