Abridgment by William Goldman, the original author is S. Morgenstern
‘‘I am your Prince and you will marry me,’’ Humperdinck said.
Buttercup whispered, ‘‘I am your servant and I refuse.’’
‘‘I am your Prince and you cannot refuse.’’
‘‘I am your loyal servant and I just did.’’
‘‘Refusal means death.’’
‘‘Kill me then.’’
I have had countless friends gasp when I say I haven’t read or watched The Princess Bride. I was relieved to find The Princess Bride is on Times Best 100 YA List.
I promise I gave this a fair shot, but I could not finish The Princess Bride.
Thankfully William Goldman worked to cut out the boring parts of the tale with short, yet humorous, summaries. This abridged version is filled with what Goldman calls the “Good Parts Version.” Even with this, reading The Princess Bride was a struggle because this story is 100% satirical nonsense.
“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.” Summary from Goodreads.com
If you are into princesses, romance, kingdoms, satire, comedy and silly named characters The Princess Bride is for you.
I made it a little over half way through before I gave up. The Princess Bride was too nonsensical for me. I would have enjoyed The Princess Bride if Goldman would have rewritten the whole story, I enjoyed his brief summaries and introduction to the story.
Do I recommend The Princess Bride? No. The Princess Bride might make a fun read aloud with a younger reader, but overall I would not recommend reading The Princess Bride.
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