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!
Happy New Year! Hope you had a great Christmas and festive season. I spent at least a part of mine ruminating on which books should be included on this list. And I’ve finally come up with the goods.
I enjoyed a LOT of books last year, but these are the ones that were the most memorable and enjoyable, and the ones I’d pick for someone to read. You know, if the someone was like me. These are in no particular order:
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.