As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchmen, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she'll meet Vizzini - the criminal philosopher who'll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik - the gentle giant; Inigo - the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen - the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup's one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate. (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
This book is AWESOME and just as good as the movie. For those of you familiar with the movie rather than the book, this is the abridged version of “The Princess Bride” that was ultimately converted to the movie. Goldman has many entertaining interjections that add to the story while explaining changes from the original manuscript. Though some may find these asides annoying, overall it added to my enjoyment. This is a modern fairy tale to rekindle your belief in true love even in a cynical world (despite being quite an old story!). I highly recommend this story for children and adults alike.
Rating: 5 stars!
Who Should Read It? All fans of adventure, true love, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing…