Today I am on a mission. This week I’ve talked about the following book several times on Twitter. First it was Raych of books i done read, who made me pull out my own copy and start it. The last night I did everything I could think of to convince Eva of A Stripped Armchair and Kristi of The Story Siren to pull out their own copies and read it for the first time.
Which made me wonder, how many of my own readers haven’t read MY FAVORITE BOOK of ALL TIME? So my mission today is, convince you to read this book.
Title: The Princess Bride; S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure (The ‘Good Parts’ Version)
Written by William Goldman
What is it about Fall that makes me want to read adventure stories? Surely by now, you have seen this movie. Trust me when I say this is one of the very few instances, in my experience, when the movie and the book are almost on par with each other. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that Goldman wrote the screenplay and that the makers of the movie had a very obvious love for the source material. All your favorite quotes are here, in all their gorgeous glory!The Princess Bride is my favorite book of all time. Every time someone asks me, what is your favorite book, this is always the first to come to mind. I read it for the first time when I was…around 13, and I think I’ve probably read it 20 times, at least, in the last 18 years and I just had to pick it up again for a reread. What is the book about you say? Well…
Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Good men. Bad men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles.
Plus there is a Zoo of Death. Yes, you heard me, a ZOO OF DEATH. How can you NOT be intrigued?
But even better, there is more backstory. We actually get meet Inigo Montoya’s father. Learn about their story, learn why Inigo has to kill the six-fingered man.
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
We learn more about Fezzik, the lovable giant, who had such a hardscrabble life. Vizzini, in all his malicious glory. The Count. The best books have an evil count, don’t you think? Prince Humperdick. Why was he such a vicious little man? It. Is. In. Here.
There is more about Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world. And more about WESTLEY. Ahhh…Westley. The man who says I love you in the most beautiful way…
“As you wish.”
If I haven’t convinced you, please see these other reviews. Perhaps they will do a better job than I for I feel like I never, ever get my love for this book across. I do hope you will give it a try though.