The Princess Bride
By William Goldman
Reviewed by Dom
Okay, so you've probably seen the movie - which is easily one of the top ten greatest movies of all-time, as noted by esteemed movie critic Dom Testa - but to not read the book would be INCONCEIVABLE!
First things first: You'll see that Goldman allegedly adapted this story from the original "by S. Morgenstern." Uh, sorry kids, there was no S. Morgenstern; it's just part of the fantasy, and part of Goldman's wry, brilliant feel for comedy.
The book is, however, filled with more detail than you'll find in the Rob Reiner
film. But it's still a heavy dose of fencing, fighting, heroes, villains, chases, pirates, giants, and kissing. Not necessarily in that order.
What I love the most about this book is the way it spoofs classic adventure tales (think Three Musketeers
or Robin Hood) with a wink to the reader. It's like we've all agreed to play along and enjoy the ride.
Will the farm boy, Westley, posing as the Dread Pirate Roberts, win back his beautiful Buttercup from the heinous Prince Humperdinck? Will Inigo Montoya ever find the six-fingered man? Will Count Rugen succeed where Vizzini failed?
Will we stop laughing? No. It's too much fun.
Some will say that this is "a kid's book." Don't listen to them. The Princess Bride is something that Jerry Seinfeld claimed was a myth: Fun for the whole family.
And the book can be found for 20% off at all three locations of The Tattered Cover Book Store
. Just stop in and ask for The Dom and Jane Book Club. Enjoy!