The Princess Bride was a story I love with them by the movie years ago. That eventually led me to read the book. Here here is a summary.
As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchman, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of his dazzling, she’ll meet Vizzini- the criminal philosopher; Fezzik- the gentle giant; Inigo- the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Ruegen- the even mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup’s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate
Major and Minor Spoilers:
Princess Bridge is written by William Goldman. He really got me in the beginning. He makes you believe that you are reading an abridged, but in reality he is the real author. Princess Bridge is an unabridged book. He creates a fictional author- that is really confusing- for me. One of my biggest compliments about this book is that the chapters are way too long- why do chapters have to be like sixty or so pages. I prefer them to be like 25 or 30 pages.
This book can fall into different genres. It can be a romance. It can be a fantasy. It can be an adventure. It can be a comedy. It fits it all of those genres. Some lines are funny. Some lines are very memorable. Crazy how even one word is memorable- who can not forget- INCONCEIVABLE. There is the famous- Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die. I mean, any fan of the movie know those two phrase.
I do not like Count Rugen or Prince Humperdinck. I do not like what they plan to do with Buttercup or what they plan to do to Westley. Then again, any story need the bad guys. I just want Buttercup and Westley to be happy together. Westley risks everything for Buttercup- that is why he climbs the Cliffs of Insanity, that is why he duels with Inigo, and why he poisons Vizzini- he does all of that to rescue Buttercup. See, what of Love. Buttercup does not want to marry Prince Humperdinck- she wants to be with Westley because she loves him.
I love seeing the backstories of Inigo and Fezzik especially towards Inigo. It gives a better reason why Inigo wanted to kill the six-figured man so badly. I know he wanted to kill him because that man killed his father. The book just made the reason clearer for me.
As I was reading the book, I know exactly what was about to happen. I was saying, that is when ” “. The book followed extremely close to the movie. If you love the movie, you will love the book. You just may not love the length of the chapter. You might also believe you are reading an abridged book- nope- it is an unabridged book.
Do you love Princess Bride-book or movie? Did you read the book?