Review: The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

Princess Bride Synopsis: Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. When she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts – who never leaves survivors – her heart is broken. But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humberdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup. So starts a fairy tale like no other, of fencing, fighting, torture, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, hunters, bad men, good men, beautifulest ladies, snakes, spiders, beasts, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passions and miracles.

Title: The Princess Bride
Author: William Goldman
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pub Date: 1973
Pages: 399
ISBN: 9780747545187


“My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!”

Firstly, if you’ve never seen the film of The Princess Bride, who are you and where have you been in, well, forever?! One of my favourite childhood memories is watching it with my dad whenever we managed to catch on TV.


And, more recently, I discovered it was based on a book…

Say what?!

Yeah, I know. I’m a bit late to that party. I found out when I was visiting a fellow bookish friend. And said friend left me alone in the living room (where her bookshelves are situated). And I maybe collected a few books to borrow.

lots of books

OK, fine. I borrowed seven books.

But she is basically my library so it’s totally allowed… at least it is in my mind.

“Life isn’t fair, it’s just fairer than death, that’s all.”

Back to the book!

The book is, if possible, is better than the film – and gloriously so. Essentially, The Princess Bride is what I can only describe as a spoof fairy tale on Red Bull; it speeds along as fast as a rocket. Dark, tightly plotted, and hilariously funny, this is a must for… well basically everyone!

“You are trying to kidnap what I have rightfully stolen, and I think it quite ungentlemanly.”

If you loved the film, the book won’t ruin it for you. If you loved the book, the film should be next on your to watch list!

Basically, it’s great on all fronts and you should all read it. Like now.

4 thoughts on “Review: The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

  1. Café Society says:

    I haven’t read the book but I went out of my way to see the film when it came out because a lot of it was filmed in around the small Derbyshire village where I was living at the time. It was great fun.

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