Review: The Princess Bride – William Goldman

Hardcover: 456 pages
Publisher: Perfection Learning (October 1, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0756987903
ISBN-13: 978-0756987909
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Buttercup – A princess in love, but marrying another man.
Wesley – The young love of Princess Buttercup.
Inigo Montoya – A Young Spanish man set on avenging the murder of his father.
Fezzik – A Large Brutish Man with a love for rhymes.
Prince Humperdinck – Soon to be King, is determined to marry Buttercup at all costs.


Young Wesley is a farmhand working for Buttercup’s family. They are in love, but she is determined to have better in life. Wesley goes off to make a name for himself and is killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. Buttercup, heartbroken, agrees to marry Prince Humperdinck. When time draws near for their wedding however, Buttercup is kidnapped by 3 thieves, who in turn are being followed by a mysterious man in black. What is the agenda of the man in black? Will Buttercup ever find the love she seeks? Will Inigo Montoya achieve his revenge? To find out, read The Princess Bride.


Okay, I realize this is an old book, and pretty much everyone and their cousin has seen The Princess Bride. This year however marks the 25th anniversary of the movie, and I figured what could be better than to offer my readers a review of the book. Everything you love about the movie, down to the quotes people like to repeat, are featured here. The story seems changed slightly. In the printed version, it’s based around the idea of an old fairy tale by S. Morgenstern that the author is writing as an abridged version. Scenes are often interrupted by either Mr. Morgenstern or the author Mr. Goldman. I found this to be a bit distracting at times and to pull me out of the story. I think it would have been much tighter without it.

That being said though, I found it, just like the movie version to be a delightful fantasy with humor, vivid characters, and action and adventure. There is little to not like. I’d definitely rate it PG-13 for mild violence and themes, but for lighthearted adventure you can’t go wrong. If you haven’t read the book, or watched the movie, what are you waiting for. Grab a copy of either one, and stop back by to let us know what you thought of The Princess Bride.

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 President’s Men), and three Lifetime Achievement Awards in screenwriting.

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One Response to “Review: The Princess Bride – William Goldman”

  1. Marjorie Says:

    A great movie to watch at holiday time.
    Thanks for sharing the review.