The Princess Bride by William Goldman

William Goldman is probably insane. Even his introductions are fiction (well, some parts are fact). The premise is The Princess Bride
was originally written by Florinese S. Morgenstern as a true history years ago and Goldman has great memories of listening to his father read it to him when he was 10 and recovering from pneumonia. And, so, grown-up Goldman decided to abridge the original work and the result is this book with commentary asides by Goldman including explanations of why he didn’t include certain sections of the original.

Of course none of that is true.

There is no such place as Florin. S. Morgenstern never existed. William Goldman wrote all of The Princess Bride himself.

It’s a good book and I enjoyed it (though I liked the movie more which is very unusual for me – I think this is only the second or third book ever that I preferred the movie). Goldman’s asides are almost always very amusing. It’s entertaining and fun. I recommend this book.

4 (out of 5) Stars

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One response to “The Princess Bride by William Goldman

  1. This is one of my all time favourite books and I adore it. It’s always good to find a fellow fan. I saw the film when I was a teen and only read the book in my 30s – which resulted in me racing to the computer to search “S. Morgenstern” etc. I laughed at myself as much as I laughed at the book. It’s so clever and funny.

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