‘The Princess Bride’ by William Goldman

It’s my favorite story ever. Though I’ve never read the book.

Believe me when I say that this statement is still true.

I heard first the story of ‘The Princess Bride’ when I was too little to be concerned with my age – that is to say, I probably heard it all along my young life.

I remember spending holiday mornings watching the movie, admiring Buttercup – the beautifulest lady in the world – and standing in trepidation when the mysterious man in black chases her and the three kidnappers  – the Spaniard swordsman Inigo, the strongest man in the world Fezzik and the Sicilian Vizzini, namely the cleverest man in the world.

There was only one problem: I never owned the movie and I never came across the book. Therefore, eventually, I lost sight on the story for many years.

All that was left was the memory of the fencing duel over the Cliffs of Insanity, the journey across the Fire Swamp, the terrible Machine and – most importantly – how True Love is the most important thing to live for.

Although forgive me, I scattered the story too much. If I keep on this way you will not understand anything of it. Let’s start again, from the beginning. From the book.

Initially, ‘The Princess Bride’ was written by S. Morgenstern as a thousand pages satirical novel about the Kingdom of Florin.

When William’s father read it to him, ten-year-old child ill with pneumonia, he – the father – decided to cut some and read only the good bits.

It’s quite comprehensible how, a few decades later, when William’s son tried to read the same book, he didn’t really get past the first chapter.

With this premise, you’ll surely forgive me if I haven’t read Morgenstern’s book. And thanks to William I don’t need to, since he wrote it again, abridged. Only the good bits, the way his father read it to him.

So, here it is. A fantastic fairytale 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.

It’s the story of Wistley and Buttercup, about how True Love is the best thing in the world (except for cough drops) and they will fight through death of the body and of the spirit to be together.

Although Prince Humperdink doesn’t really come up helpful. And Count Rugen…well…let’s say you don’t write a treatise on pain without torturing some once in a while.

One last word: if you watched the movie (and there’s a good chance you did) and you think you already saw it all, well, think again.


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