Tuesday, July 3, 2007

After loving the movie "The Princess Bride" for years and years and years, I decided it was time to read the book.
As is true of most books and movies, the book is better than the movie. I didn't think that could be possible in this case, but it is.
William Goldman is brilliant!
The best words to describe this book is deliciously funny and smart.
I particularly suggest you read the 25th anniversary addition.

The best part? Goldman pulls a great trick on the reader. I was pulled in hook, line and sinker! I'm not going to tell you what it was, just in case you want to read it and
delight in his trickery.

Here's the kicker though. I didn't know I had been tricked until I went to wikepedia in search of a photo to share on this blog. Under the "context" section of Wikepedia I discovered Goldman's "trick"

That made me like the book even MORE! Pure genius.

I highly suggest you read the book first, before going to Wikepedia to see what I'm talking about. You just won't develop the same appreciation if you do otherwise. Don't cheat yourself.
I've warned you!

If you HAVE read the book, take a trip over to Wikepedia and see what it has to say about Goldman's abridged version of S. Morgensterns original tale.


Ian Sands said...

Haven't read the book but might on your recomendation. What age level would you say it is for? I'm not that good a reader :)

also, how many 'c's are in recommendation. Just one right?? But 2 'm's. So I spelled it wrong above.

Why doesn't the comment section have a spell check???

C.R. Evers said...

Well, it's in the adult Science Fiction section at the library, but I think it could be on a YA level also. They probably classified it as an adult book because of the ages of the characters. That's my guess anyway.

I think you could handle it. ;0)

I don't know about all the c's and m's in those big words, but quite honestly, I think it's an awfully poor mind that can't think up more than one way to spell a word, don't you?

Just an FYI: if you check it out at the library, it's best to reserve it. It seems to always be checked out.

Ian Sands said...

But I don't have a library.