The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

by William Goldman, William Goldman

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | October 8, 2007 | Hardcover

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 30.

William Goldman''s modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests-for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love-that''s thrilling and timeless.

Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible-inconceivable, even-to equateThe Princess Bridewith anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you''ll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an "abridged" retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that''s home to "Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions."

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 in

Published: October 8, 2007

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0151015449

ISBN - 13: 9780151015443

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from such a good book, though I didn't know it was one. I loved this movie so much! I loved it SO much, that I didn't bother to look into it because I was completly satisfied with it. Then someone told me it was a book to. I was sold instantly. And I love Mr. Goldmans notes! gives great little insights that you can impress friends with.
Date published: 2008-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wanting more! This was a great book, I could not put it down and once finished all I wanted was more. I have read this countless times and NEVER get tired of it. It is a must read!
Date published: 2007-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure An absolutely lovely tale that makes you feel all blubbly and merry inside. Very funny, and while William Goldman's comments are especially hilarious, you will be disappointed to know that his life wasn't quite as boring (to him) and excrutiatingly interesting (to us) as he led us on to believe. Nevertheless it is a great bed time story, or a story to read to someone you wish to experience true love and high adventure, or simply a story that makes you feel happy.
Date published: 2006-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious This book was amazing - Goldman can insert all the comments he wants becuase the are part of that hilarity! This story of 'true love and high adventure' is truly just that, and really I want to see the movie now, because there is no way a movie could ruin a book that good. It' s just not possible. wow. that's all there is to say....
Date published: 2006-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! An absolutely amazing read! I had originally watched the movie, not knowing there was a book - if you loved the movie, you'll love the book. Goldman throws in his own comments in between his story which are very amusing. Story has all the "good parts" with the action, adventure, romance and everything else in between!
Date published: 2006-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from S. Morgenstern As some of you have already said, S. Morgenstern was merely a creation of William Goldman to add an interesting element to the novel. This also means that the prologue to the book is pure fiction, inlcuding, as one of you took great offense too, his comments about his son's weight. In truth, William Goldman has no son, but two daughters. I found the author's comments to be quite entertaining, they seemed to fit well into the storyline. The book as very well-written, and I was happy to discover that it possesses the same humour that the movie does.
Date published: 2006-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something some of you may not know... A lot of these reviewers have been saying that the bad part about the book is when the author interjects his opinion. Well it's part of the book. There is NO S. Morgenstern. It's a literary device used when writing a novel. The whole background that Goldman writes in at what is seemingly an inopportune moment is actaully just a part of the book. The story between Westly and Buttercup is not the entire plot but a section of the book. The book, by the way, is pretty good if you understand the subtleties that the author uses.
Date published: 2005-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good! It was a pretty good book. Unlike a lot of people, I read the book before I watched the movie but I thought both were good. The only thing I didn't like about the book was how William Goldman kept interupting the story with little blurbs and stuff. It was just annoying and all I really wanted to do was read the story.
Date published: 2005-02-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I would give it an extra .5 I don't know but something about this book strikes me as lame. This book is definitely for children under ten (whoever has enough attention span to read this book). I disliked how the author kept commenting annoyingly. The plot wasn't too bad, but I didn't really like any of the characters except Westley. I puzzles me how this book became such a classic.
Date published: 2004-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING NOVEL and movie when the movie the princess bride came out i was amazed and for years have loved it. then i came to discover teh book it was based on and i bought the book and once i read it i fell in love with the tale again. This book pieces up all the elements of a classic fantasy tale. it provides a quest to save true love, adventure round every page and overall an amazing book. i give it two thimbs up and five stars i highly recommend this book to be read, and after just check out the movie its worth it knowing the hunk who plays westley. i gaurentee it will be a story to remember.
Date published: 2004-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING excellent tale of true love and adventure when the movie the princess bride came out i was amazed and for years have loved it. then i came to discover teh book it was based on and i bought the book and once i read it i fell in love with the tale again. This book pieces up all the elements of a classic fantasy tale. it provides a quest to save true love, adventure round every page and overall an amazing book. i give it two thimbs up and five stars i highly recommend this book to be read, and after just check out the movie its worth it knowing the hunk who plays westley. i gaurentee it will be a story to remember.
Date published: 2004-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved this book!! and the movie but i'd have to say the book is way better!! but what about Buttercup's Baby? in the good parts' version? i got soo into it then it ended!! but anyways this is an amazing book that anyone of all ages would enjoy!
Date published: 2003-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No S.Morgenstern... Did you know that there WAS no S. Morgenstern? It's true. He is a fictional creation of William Goldman, who wrote The Princess Bride himself. So all those little abridgement comments? total and complete bull hooey. Something to add more humour and a distinct effect to the book. Furthermore, there is no Florin, also no Guilder, and no university courses about The Princess Bride. Why did Goldman do this? Beats me. But strangely, it worked. S. Morgenstern strangeness aside, this novel is breathtaking. Witty, hilarious, and beautiful, a perfect tribute to true love. It's not just a fluffy romance, though- surprisingly, there isn't too much of that. This book is about mistaken identities, giants, swordfights, rodents of unusual size, evil princes, eviller Counts, revenge, friendship, miracles, and it makes as you wish a catchphrase. I cannot recommend this book enough! It's like the movie, only better. This isn't a book for kids, or teens, or adults. It is one of those rare books w
Date published: 2002-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Princess Bride The Princess Bride is a fantastic novel. IF you enjoy action, with a bit of romanic; you will enjoy the Princess Bride. This S. Morganstern classic has been rewritten by Wilian Goldman. And if I had to give this book a review I would have to give it a five out of five star rating. This fairy Tale will make any person believe in true love.
Date published: 2001-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! If you loved the movie, you'll love the book even more. It has more detail and the characters are more developed. It also tells about Fezzik and Inigo's past. It has everything: humor, action, romance, miracles, fencing, tourcher, true love, and more. It's a great classic! (As good as the movie!)
Date published: 2001-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from breathless I fell in love with the movie a long time ago not realizing it was based on a book. when i finally did realize, i couldn't wait a day to read it. the book is mesmerizing. i was worried that the book or movie would seem bad compared to the other after having experienced both, but i was delighted to learn i had nothing to worry about. if you don't read this book, you will be deprived of a dream. read it as soon as you get your hands on it. let me hear you... "as you wish..."
Date published: 2001-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could you ask for anything more? I just want to say that this is the number one book on my list. As a child I loved the movie. Years later I ended up reading the book and loved it even more. It has more detail and you can get a more vivid picture than the movie. Anyway if you haven't read it what are you waiting for? You simply couldn't ask for more from the author.
Date published: 2000-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read!!!! The book was everything that I remembered about the movie (which I saw first about 10 years ago) and more. I didn't want the book to end and had to immediately call my girlfriend who lent me the book to rave about it. She agreed. I would recommend that everyone who's seen the movie or not read this book. It's a tale of two loves that you will never want to end.
Date published: 2000-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from True Love... This is one of those books that is best enjoyed by reading it to a lover in the shade of a big leafy oak on a summer's day. Sit back with some wine, snuggle up and fall into the classic tale of true love and high adventure. Goldman's running commentary regarding "Morgenstern's" (the fictional author of the "original") version of the tale are priceless. The humor, tragedy, adventure and unconventional style of Goldman's talespinning are not to be missed. This is a story to be read again and again. Truly a tale to be shared.
Date published: 2000-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Princess Bride Frist of all I would like to tell you that i am not much of a reader and it takes me about a month to finish a book. I was walking through chapters, like i always do, looking for a book that would catch me eye, then I saw it. "The Princess Bride" I read."Sounds good" I said and picked it up to show to my mother. She decesied to buy it for me because she trys to encorage my reading ability. When we got home I started to read it. I couldn't put it down. I found it so interesting that I read it all night. i finish the book in about three days (and that is recored time for me) I gave this book five stars because it inspiered me to read as much as I can.
Date published: 2000-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from why did it stop? First off I have always loved this story. Granted I did see the movie first but the book is ever so much better! It is amazing how wrapped up I got in it. Fezzik is the best character I have ever read about in a book. I couldn't put it down. Regarding buttercups baby, I just don't understand why it stops! You get the first chapter and it is so sad (I cried) and then it just...stops the end nothing that lets you know what happens in the end...
Date published: 2000-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Princess Bride this book is no ordinary fairy tale!! it has comedy,mystery,action and yes even romance.Witt and cleverness makes this tale indescribably hard to but down.This book is one of my favorites and if you read it I bet it will be one of your's too.
Date published: 2000-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic Tale with Everything in it ! If you have seen the movie, read the book. If you haven't, don't! Read the book first. This is one of my favourite books and my only complaint is that I seem to be waiting forever for the sequel. It is a tale of high adventure, true love, magic, death, revenge, miracles and so much more! You very quickly fall in love with the characters and live the pages with them. A story for all ages that is filled with excitement and a heavy dose of humour. Read this for yourself. Read it to your children and you will share memories that will last a life time. And then go and watch the movie together!
Date published: 2000-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Princess Bride Yeah yeah yeah, I know the other six reviews on this page all begin with the same opening-- e.g. If you haven't read this book, you're missing out on a lot! And I agree with this, I just wanted to start my review differently. Now, this book is for sure a classic. The movie was an excellent one--usually books made into movies are ruined...but this one's another story. The book (and movie)will you keep you laughing...trust me. READ IT!
Date published: 2000-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Princess Bride For anyone who has seen the movie and loved it, they HAVE to read the book. All the characters are more developped and there are little details that are over looked in the movie. (What really did happen in the lightening sand??) I loved the movie, but I would say the the book is FAR better, and I recommend it to anyone who wants a fun, action-filled read.
Date published: 2000-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Princess Bride The movie was great - the book is INCREDIBLE. There are still few joys in my life greater than introducing people to this book by reading the first chapter to them. Everytime I "convert" someone I fall in love with the story all over again.
Date published: 2000-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Princess Bride One of the most tongue-in-cheek books I have ever read. Goldman claims it was written by S. Morgenstern (the great Florinese writer) and that he has simply edited it down to the "good parts." It is, in fact, completely written by Goldman. The movie is now a classic, but when it was written 25 years ago, it was a cynical look at a more modern fairy tale with a "what if it wasn't happily ever after" ending. A must-read for any fan of the film.
Date published: 1999-09-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Princess Bride This is an adaptation of S.Morgenstern's classic story. Goldman states that he only kept "the good parts". This I believe is true. The parts written by Morgenstern are very good. If you have ever seen the movie, it follows the book almost word for word. The problem with the book is that Goldman constantly interjects with his own personal thoughts and feelings about the story and his personal life. I got tired of reading about his bad marriage, and his cruel opinions about his son's weight. I recommend reading the book while skipping over Goldman's own expletives.
Date published: 1999-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from REALLY GOOD!!! If you liked the movie you'll love the book. A great read, very similar to the movie version but a bit more...cynical, but in a good way. So if haven't seen, or read either, your missing out! I urge you all to pick this one up! :)
Date published: 1999-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Princess Bride An essential companion to the movie of the same name, but don't expect a carbon copy. This book is more cynical than the film (Buttercup and Wesley DON'T live happily ever after) and the dialogue isn't as good, but there are as many delicious bits of story which never made it into the movie. A must read!
Date published: 1999-01-03

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The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

by William Goldman, William Goldman

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 in

Published: October 8, 2007

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0151015449

ISBN - 13: 9780151015443

Read from the Book

Introduction to the 30th Anniversary Edition by WILLIAM GOLDMAN Until a couple of weeks ago, this introduction would have been real short: "Why are you buying this book?" is what I would have said. Or more accurately, this edition of this book? Buy the 25th anniversary version, I would have told you. It''s got a long intro by yours truly where I explain a lot about the Morgenstern estate and the horrible legal problems I''ve had with them. That version is still out there and what you are interested in is the same thing that I am interested in-namely, at last, getting Buttercup''s Baby published. I would also have gone on to tell you that there is nothing to report on that front. Same old same old. Well, that was then, as they say. Something new has very much happened. Let me tell you how I first heard of the existence of the Morgenstern Museum. Back we go to 1986, Sheffield, England, and we are shooting the movie of The Princess Bride . It was such a happy time for me, at last Morgenstern coming to life on film. I had written the screenplay for it first over a decade before-but it had never been "picked up," as they say Out There, till then. I ordinarily do not not not like being on movie sets. I once wrote that the best day of your life is your first day on a set and the worst days are all the ones that follow. They are tedious and horrible for several reasons: (1) they are tedious and horrible (but you won''t believe that, I know), and (2) if you are the writer, essentially
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Table of Contents

Contents


Introduction to the 30th Anniversary Editionvii

Introduction to the 25th Anniversary Editionxxxi

The Princess Bride1

Buttercup''s Baby: An Explanation359

Buttercup''s Baby, Chapter One: Fezzik Dies389

Reading Group Guide451</I>

From the Publisher

William Goldman''s modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests-for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love-that''s thrilling and timeless.

Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible-inconceivable, even-to equateThe Princess Bridewith anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you''ll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an "abridged" retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that''s home to "Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions."

About the Author

WILLIAM GOLDMAN has been writing books and movies for more than forty years. He has won two Academy Awards &#40;forButch Cassidy and the Sundance KidandAll the President''s Men&#41;, and three Lifetime Achievement Awards in screenwriting.

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE PRINCESS BRIDE: "[Goldman''s] swashbuckling fable is nutball funny . . . A ''classic'' medieval melodrama that sounds like all the Saturday serials you ever saw feverishly reworked by the Marx Brothers." --Newsweek
 
"One of the funniest, most original, and deeply moving novels I have read in a long time." --Los Angeles Times
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