The Princess Bride
Written By: William Golding
Reviewed By: Andrew Staffieri
Recommended Audience: Anyone
The Princess Bride takes place in Florin, which is a small country located in Europe. The two main characters are Westley and Buttercup. Westley started off as Buttercup’s farther stable boy but when Buttercup confesses her love for Westley he decides to leave for America to start a new life for the two of them. On Westley’s trip to America he is taken by the Dread Pirate Roberts and quickly presumed dead. With the news of Westley’s death, Buttercup denounces love and quickly gets engaged to Prince Humperdinck for the fame and power.
While out for a ride on her horse, Buttercup is kidnapped by them men; Vizzini, Fezzik, and Inigo. Vizzini is a mastermind, Fezzik is a giant, and Inigo is the world’s best swords man. Vizzini, Fezzik, and Inigo plan on killing Buttercup on the border of Florin’s neighbor in hopes to start a war. Before they can do just that, the men are challenged by the man in black. The man in black defeats Inigo in a duel, Fezzik in a battle of strength, and Vizzini in a battle of wits. The man in black then reveals himself as the long lost Westley. Knowing that Prince Humperdinck is following close behind, Westley leads Buttercup through the fire swamp in an attempt to escape. Sadly for Westley Prince Humperdinck is waiting on the other side. Humperdinck takes Buttercup back to the castle and Westley to a secret chamber where he is tortured and killed.
Inigo looks for revenge against the Count of Florin for killing his father. Knowing that the man in black is there only hope to breaking into the Florin Castle, Fezzik and Inigo search for Westley. When Fezzik and Inigo find Westley dead, they take him to a miracle man who is able to bring Westley back to life. The once enemies now team up to storm the castle, kill the Count, and rescue Buttercup.
The Princess Bride has everything from adventure and death to romance. There are many characters in The Princess Bride and all of them bring an importance to the story. As the reader it is amazing to see how the determination of Westley causes him to achieve almost impossible victories. Usually when a villain becomes a hero the transformation is very awkward, but Goldman clearly explains the transformation. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the adventure genre as it has a great hero and an interesting journey. The movie is also one of the best movies ever.
About the Author: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12521.William_Goldman ( Sadly I can’t find anything better)
Book Description: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/book-reviews/the-princess-bride
- Goldman interview- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCs4gdt-mPY
- Meet the author- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyFwyKsBF_w
- Book review- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-SGXrvN6QQ