The Princess Bride by William Goldman

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Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts – who never leaves survivors – her heart is broken.

200words (or less) review: Unlike with other books where I make a point not to, I have seen the movie The Princess Bride many times and I love it. If you haven’t seen the film I think you’ll enjoy the story of Buttercup and Westley just as much as if you had. The book adds back story and there are some differences but thankfully the movie stayed pretty close.

I still love the variety of characters, the adventure and of course the romance. There is one thing about the book that, for me, didn’t work and that’s the story within the story. William Goldman spins a tale about how his father read him The Princess Bride and he later found the book and cut the boring parts to match his father’s version. I didn’t mind his “notes” within the actual Princess Bride but the beginning as well as the very end (temptingly called Buttercup’s baby) weren’t for me.

That said once you get past the introduction and begin The Princess Bride you have a fantasy story that fulfills nearly every checklist you could throw at it – loved it.

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