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The Princess Bride (Abridged / Paperback, Abridged)

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What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be...well...a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the "S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad's recitation, and only the "good parts" reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He's reconstructed the "Good Parts Version" to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What's it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it's about everything.

Eventually to be adapted for the silver screen, THE PRINCESS BRIDE was originally a beautifully simple, insightfully comic story of what happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince in the world--and he turnsout to be a son of a bitch. Guaranteed to entertain both young and old alike by combining scenes of rowsing fantasy with hilarious reality, THE PRINCESS BRIDE secures Goldman's place as a master storyteller.

From the Paperback edition.

Praise For…

"His swashbuckling fable is nutball funny . . . A 'classic' medieval melodrama that sounds like all the Saturday serials you ever saw, feverishly reworked by the Marx Brothers."

"One of the funniest, most original, and deeply moving novels I have read in a long time."
--Los Angeles Times

"Though later in life he was perhaps more guarded concerning the human condition, there can be no doubt that at this stage of his career, especially with The Princess Bride, Morgenstern was the most joyous of all Florinese writers."
   Author of Middle Morgenstern

"Having taught the first course in Morgenstern given by an American Ivy League University, I am of course most pleased to see this long overdue edition. At first, Goldman's abridgement proved nettlesome to me. But upon rereading, clearly it has virtues of its own."
   Professor Emeritus, Mid-European Literature
   Columbia University

From the Paperback edition.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780345418265
Abridged: Yes
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: July 15th, 2003
Pages: 480