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.
I have read this book a few times, but I am always so happy to read it again. And every time that I do finish it I tell myself that I need to read the unabridged edition so that I can compare and contrast just how different the books are. But by the time I go to read the original I find myself picking up William Goldman’s revised edition instead.
While I am not the biggest fan of Buttercup (Yes, I know, I’m so sorry!) But I love Inigo so much.
This is also one of the few instances where I like both the book and the movie.