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31: William Goldman - The Princess Bride

Author: William Goldman
Title: The Princess Bride
Genre: Fantasy
Published: Bloomsbury, 1999
Pages: 399
Purchased: Borders, Cambridge, 2004-04-03, £5.99
ISBN: 0-7475-4518-9

You've seen the film, now read the book.

Or at least, read the 25th Anniversary Edition of Goldman's version of Morgenstern's classic. Sadly, he's butchered the original tale by cutting out huge chunks, but he's honest enough to note where he does excise parts of the original - for example, he leaves out 56 pages from chapter 3 just because he considers them dull. Personally, I feel that removing the great packing/unpacking recitation is sad, but then, Goldman is a screenwriter and seems to feel that brevity is admirable.

There is stuff here that's not in the film - for example, the back story of Inigo Montoya and how the Count did kill his father - but so much has been lost that it's really not recommended except for those who don't care for authenticity. And I suppose, being a translation, the original Florinese wit is lost.

So, if you thought the film was watchable, then you'll probably love this. If you wondered what people could see in such junk, then steer clear of it.

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