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The Princess Bride - William Goldman

Paperback Published: 20th October 1999
ISBN: 9780747545187
Number Of Pages: 400

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William Goldman's cult classic, a story of pirates, evil princes, sorcerers and of course - true love!

First published in 1973, The Princess Bride is a cult book which later became a cult film. It tells the story of Buttercup, the most beautiful girl in the world. And of fencing, fighting, torture, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, hunters, bad men, good men, beautifulest ladies, snakes, spiders, beasts, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passion, and miracles.

About The Author

William Goldman has been writing books and movies for more than forty years. He has won two Academy Awards ( for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the Presidents' Men), and three Lifetime Achievement awards in screenwriting. His novel Marathon Man has made him very famous in Dentists' offices around the world.

Industry Reviews

American writer William Goldman's The Princess Bride is the result of a huge labour of love. He fell in love with Morgenstern's 'classic tale of true love and high adventure' when he was ill as a child. In 1973 he produced his abridged version which concentrates on the fantasy and adventure elements of the original, following the fortunes of wonderful characters such as the mighty Fezzik, Prince Humperdinck and Buttercup, the 'beautifulest' lady in the world. This cult book defies category - thriller, fairy tale, adventure, love story - and is by turns scary, funny and magical. Brilliant stuff. (Kirkus UK)

The Original Story


This is the ORIGINAL book that the film was based on. The author also wrote the screenplay, taking the essence of the narrative and adjusting it for screen. The film is not taken not word-for-word from the book. If you loved the film, this will give you greater insight into the world of the characters. If you are expecting a strict copy of the film's plot; look elsewhere. I read this as a pre-teen and loved it. The film is also one of my favourites. Look out for the anniversary edition for collectors.

Melbourne, AU




I've heard of princess Buttercups storey and I just had to read the book. I didn't realise at the time of purchase that this book isn't the original nor is the author. And what makes it really bad is that its not even the storey! Its only a summery of it, it doesn't have so much of what happens in the real storey and the author keeps stopping to say what his thoughts are and why he didn't write this or that and so on. Very disappointed.

Perth, AU


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ISBN: 9780747545187
ISBN-10: 0747545189
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 20th October 1999
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition

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