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The Princess Bride (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 20/10/1999
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The elegant parody of the heroic fantasy genre may have spawned a hugely popular movie but this wonderfully witty epic of swordfights, romance and high adventure is still best experienced through Goldman’s inspired literary original.

‘If you’re reading this, dollars to donuts you’ve seen the movie.’

So wrote William Goldman in his engrossing introduction to The Princess Bride, the 1973 adult fairy tale he later adapted into the film-borne cult hit.

When the beautiful Buttercup learns that her only love Westley’s ship has been captured by the terrible Dread Pirate Roberts, she is devastated.

Around the corner, however, is heir to the throne Prince Humperdink, utterly smitten by Buttercup. Before their marriage can be consummated, however, Buttercup is kidnapped by a trio of masked men, pursued by a mysterious masked man in black. Who is this individual, and what may tie him to Buttercup’s heartbreak?

What follows is screenwriter William Goldman’s pitch-perfect comic fantasy, brimming with character, invention, and a twist of very sharp satire.

Based on the time-honoured form of an abridgement of an existing (but entirely fictional) text by a certain ‘S. Morgenstern’, William Goldman’s The Princess Bride artfully folds high adventure, laughs, pathos and a brilliant meta-narrative into one of the great comic novels of the 20th century.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780747545187
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'One of the most laconic, tightly-plotted tales of mythical morality you'll ever read, an anti-establishment satire disguised as a love story, more of a scary tale than a fairy tale' - Uncut

'There's nothing fluffy about The Princess Bride. The rocket-powered narrative tricks you without being merely tricksy, and is both modern and timeless' - Neon

'A funny thriller for readers who are about ten years of age or wish they were Readers of a nervous disposition should be prepared to skim rapidly over the Zoo of Death episode or stick to fiction mean for grown-ups' - Spectator

'A spoof fairytale. Terrific' - The Daily Telegraph

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“Unforgettable.”

A modern classic that I managed to read before seeing the rather brilliant film of the same name.

Everyone should read this, it is such a delightful, action packed, moving fairy-tale that will make you giggle out... More

Paperback edition
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Lance

“I am the Dread Pirate Roberts!”

I will echo someone else's review, by saying that I don't know ANYONE who has read this book and not liked it.
I've had to buy several copies because I've leant it to someone and then they have... More

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Emma Prince at Portsmouth

“Unforgettable.”

A modern classic that I managed to read before seeing the rather brilliant film of the same name.
Everyone should read this, it is such a delightful, action packed, moving fairy-tale that will make you giggle out loud... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 95

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