My astute 15-year-old sister picked up my copy of The Princess Bride by William Goldman when I had leant it to my marvellous mother, and so of course I had to find out what she thought. Does the tale of legendary derring do and narrative trickery stand the test of time? I read this for the first time last summer – read my review here – and loved it!
Ostensibly, William Goldman abridges the much neglected ancient tale of Florin featuring a princess, adventures, pirates, fencing, quicksand, a stupid giant, vengeful Spaniard, and a whole lot of adventure and derring-do. Buttercup and Westley fight for their love against a pain-loving duke, powerful Prince, wild beasts and even being Mostly dead. The non-stop adventure stops only for Goldman’s editorial interruptions, explanations and deviations….
This book had me fooled!! I knew no better than to trust the statement on the cover that it was indeed an abridgement of a classic tale by a Mr Morgenstern (who I’d never heard of) of the country Florin (which I’d never heard of). So though the tales told by Mr Goldman were just a little too fantastic… it still took me an embarrassingly long time to decide finally that this was a charade. And even then, I double checked on wikipedia.