“Princess Bride” by William Goldman

PrincessBrideWikipedia describes this as a 1973 fantasy romance novel, which includes elements of comedy, adventure, romantic love, and fairy tale. The novel is presented as Goldman’s abridgment of an older book by another author called Morgenstern, with Goldman providing an extensive commentary on Morgenstern’s work. In reality, the book is entirely Goldman’s work, with Morgenstern being a literary device. Goldman also has fun inventing his own personal life for the introduction and commentary.

As to the story, it involves beautiful young women, princes and pirates, kidnap, chases and duels, true love and reluctant marriage.

We read this for our meeting on March 1st, 2016, when six people attended the meeting. Two more people sent in comment by email.

Everyone found some enjoyment in the book, or at least parts of it.  Those of our readers who don’t usually enjoy the Fantasy genre, did at least like the framing device and the use of humour. The writing style and humour was compared to Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. Evan made some perceptive comments about how the framing device worked within the fantasy. Two of our readers were complete fanatics.

When it came to scoring the book, individual votes ranged from 6 to 10, resulting in an average of 7.4 from 8 readers.

Some further pieces of trivia, thanks to Wikipedia. The book’s origins are in stories that Goldman would tell to his two daughters. The book has been adapted not only into a 1987 film (which had a screenplay written by Goldman himself) but also a computer game.

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