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text SPOILER ALERT! 2015-03-11 19:23
A long time Away (part 2)
The Princess Bride - William Goldman

As stated in my previous post, the forward by William Goldman was a fantastic way of introducing this story to the reading public. I am going to mark this post with a spoiler warning because I will talk about events with in this introduction. 

William Goldman wanted to create some mystery to his book so he created S. Morgenstern or possibly the man exists. (The internet is telling me that the original book that William's abridged story is based on) glad I checked. 

Though if he made up what I originally thought as true events in his life doesn't matter, it only show cases his literary talent for  weaving layers of narrative. 

What I originally thought was wonderful was that he found out the bed time story his farther made into an adventure tale came from a long drawn out satire about Florentine court life. In which he decided to take his dad's edits and create asides to make the reading of this story much like the experience a person gets when being read to.

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If this was only a literary devise,much like Hawthorn finding the scarlet letter in an old chest, it is well implicated.

The movie, which how I was introduced to this story has the old man read to the Yong sick boy whom would rather play a fantasy inspired choose your own adventure game on a computer running basic DOS doesn't hold the attention of the reader. Yes it allows Goldman to interject with things like; don't worry she isn't eaten by sharks at this point, to alleviate the fears of the small boy he is reading to. Though it doesn't come across the same way in the book. In the book you have the impression he is talking directly to you. The asides are written like author notes trying to stir your mind to think one way or another about the material.

I am unsure the story would have the same weight behind it if  it was presented in less direct point of view like setting up the story with having an opening scene of a father or grand father reading to their child, like seen in the movie.

From the perspective of some one whom saw the movie, loved the movie, told all my friends they most see this film as I am playing around; saying the famous lines "you killed my farther, prepare to die"; what I'm getting from the book is the writers voice over the story. He treats the story not as something he conceived (which may or may not be the case) but something he is improving on. That is what makes the book engaging and what will keep me reading it. 

 

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text 2015-03-11 18:55
After along Time away Part 1
The Princess Bride - William Goldman

After a good amount away from this book; The Princess Bride which for some reason, unknown to me I keep thinking of as The Prince's Bride, I have come back to it once again. I completely read the book I previously reviewed between the time I read the beginning of this book to now. 

In fact it was last summer early fall. I remember sitting under a tree holding it on my tiny nook reader.  Bee's where buzzing and bird's where chirping. It is quite upsetting to myself how long I been slowly munching away at this story, little by little. 

It has nothing to do with the story, I am very much enjoying it. It more has to do with little things like; video games, life and movies. They just keep on getting in the way. 

In addition, I was never the biggest reader growing up, I have always loved books but reading has provided its own unique challenges to me. First, I suffer from dyslexia. Words run into one another and I need to recheck myself to make sure I read something clearly.

Second My arms are shorter then most people's. My physical condition is abbreviated as TAR, the scientific name is long and complicated. Ultimately I am missing my radius bone, that's the long bone in your arm, commonly refereed to as the funny bone. Even with out this bone I think I retain a sense of humor. 

"So what!" your probably thinking "what difference does that make to your reading?"

The length of my arms made sitting comfortably with a physical book to be tiring. Yes I had book holders though flipping pages became an ordeal. It was hard to turn one page with out having several sneak out and I ended up having to set up the book again, for each page. 

Things like computers and e-books opened the reading world up to me. It was actually comfortable to sit and read a book.

By changing the spacing between lines of text made it easier to follow the words on the page.

Needless to say I am new to the activity of leisure reading. I know there is no editor with a big stick asking me to finish this book to write something about it. This blog acts as a public/personal journal where I can share what ever I feel like around the world of reading.

 After seeing this post become some what long I will share my views on the forward to the Princess Bride as I spent most of my time reading about the story of how the book came to be more then actually reading the book it's self so far. It is in my opinion what makes this addition special and stand out from the movie that followed it.  

 

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review 2014-04-26 13:46
Review: The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure - William Goldman

This is a difficult book to rate. If you are a fan of the movie ~ who isn't?! You will be hearing Cary Elwes saying, "As you wish," and Mandy Patinkin shouting, "I am Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." Scenes from the movie, which closely mirror the novel, will flash through your head as you're reading. Since Goldman wrote the screenplay, this is one of the best movie adaptations you could hope for.

I just couldn't separate my feelings from the movie from my feelings for the book, which made me want to rate it 5-stars. After all, The Princess Bride is one of those movies that halts all channel surfing, should be watched once per year, and is entertaining to all ages. How can you not love it? It's inconceivable. 

On the other hand, every time a scene that is not in the movie was taking place, I couldn't help thinking, "Well, this isn't adding anything to the story. I'm glad this didn't make the cut." If Goldman's novel is the "good parts" from the Mortgenstern classic, the movie is the "really good parts." The intermittent paragraphs involving Goldman's discussion of his fake abridgment just didn't do anything for me. I found them boring and distracting. I get that they were supposed to add to his unique brand of humor, but I found myself skimming each time one of them came up.

The ending is abrupt and disappointing. Unless you have an edition with the extra "Buttercup's Baby" tacked on to the end. Then it is also disturbing. 

If you haven't watched the movie ~ all two of you out there ~ read the book. It's probably highly entertaining if you don't know what's coming up next. If you've seen the movie and are considering reading this, just pop in that DVD instead.

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review 2014-04-23 21:12
As you wish
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure - William Goldman

I'm not that focused on the language in a book. I can generally tell if it's good or bad, but the story being told is often my focus, and I find a lot of books that people tout as "beautifully written" to just be tedious to slog through. So when I saw people harping on the language of this book, I got worried, and I put this off and put it off and...

 

Oh man. Mistake.

 

I love this book. I'll be keeping this. I'll be rereading it. I absolutely loved it.

 

I loved the framing story about how this was actually an abridged version of the "real" book. (I could have done without the "lol my son is fat" asides though. Who cares? Why did it matter?) I loved the voices of the characters, and their quirks. I even loved the love story.

 

It's not a perfect book. While I like the framing device, it went on too long, not only at the beginning but intruding into the story at intervals in a way that bugged me because I wanted to get back to the *story.*

 

But man, the characters. The language. The *characters*. They were all as I remembered them from the movie, except for Fezzik, who I actually liked better in the book than I did in the movie. But all the high points were there, everything that made this a cult classic, and Buttercup was actually more fun and sympathetic than I remembered from the movie.

 

So, yeah, loved it. So glad I read it.

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text 2014-04-16 07:42
Reading progress update: I've read 99 out of 414 pages.
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure - William Goldman

I am having a hard time getting into this book. But I loved the movie. 

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