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The Bellinghman
Date: 2004-04-20 23:02
Subject: 31: William Goldman - The Princess Bride
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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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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2004-04-20 15:05 (UTC)
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Actually, read it. You won't regret it.
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Senji: fraggle
User: senji
Date: 2004-04-20 15:34 (UTC)
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User: perdita_fysh
Date: 2004-04-21 03:28 (UTC)
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I'm not sure whether to say this, because I was a little disappointed when I found out. But there was no original, you know, the butchering is all part of the tale (as is the stories about his made up family, he has a daughter, not a son).

Still an utterly fantastic book/film and it would be nice if he completed the sequel even if Andre the Giant can't now repeat his role.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2004-04-21 03:50 (UTC)
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Oh yes, the whole thing is a complete fabrication - there is no country Florin (or Guilder), Morgenstern didn't exist, Stephen King isn't doing Buttercup's Baby, and so on.

It's all delightfully done, and my review was deliberately done as if Goldman's frame story was true. But the comment I immediately added is my true opinion.
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User: vatine
Date: 2004-04-21 04:48 (UTC)
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What? No? I have lived my life a lie! It cannot be!
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