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 think I am one of only a few people who didn’t love this book. It’s not that I didn’t like it, I just thought I would like it more than I did. I think part of this was that I didn’t read the blurb before I started and thought the authors notes were just in my copy. The authors notes just annoyed me because it made me feel like I was missing out on part of the story and I will admit after a whole chapter was cut out I just ignored them. I really love this film because it of the mixture of action and romance but I felt the book didn’t have to same energy particularly with the romance. The story does have plenty going on and the language isn’t too complicated but there wasn’t a lot of chemistry build between Buttercup and Westley. It was a really easy read though and once I got into it it only took me a few hours to read it. I am glad I have read it after enjoying the film so much but for me its one of those rare occasions where the film is better.