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William Goldman's modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests—for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love—that's thrilling and timeless.

Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you'll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that's home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.”

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    Inconceivable

    Just like the movie. Thoroughly enjoyable read!

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    Better than the movie

    The movie "The Princess Bride" is one of my top 5 favourite movies. The book is ten times better! Although very different in some beloved ways the movie is portrayed, we get to understand how the characters came to be... how Fezzik is the strongest, how Inigo trained to be a fencing wizard, how Buttercup is the most beautiful woman, how Westley endured his torture. My dad just finished reading the book to my sister and me... it is my favorite book of all time!

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    Boring

    To much description the movie is better disappointed I didn't enjoy it

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    A fun read

    Great book. I heard the reading of the 6th chapter on a local radio station and decided to buy it.

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    Entertaining, a very different way of writing!

    Enjoyed the princess bride story. Was not a fan of the additional story about how he abridged the original. Thought is was very unnecessary and annoying. I really don't care about the why he did what he did etc... took away from the story Imo.

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