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.
I’m off to Cornwall today! Reading on holiday is one of the best things ever. You have real chunks of time to devote to devouring a book – so which ones you take is a serious matter!
I went to the library for mine. In general, I wanted short books so I could get through a lot, things I hadn’t read before but things I was fairly sure I’d enjoy. I chose authors I knew or knew of, and a couple of risks. I’d have liked to buy some new books or find some recommendations, but my library is small, and I’m also glad to fill in the gaps. Here’s the list: