So many books, so little time. At any given time, there are a dozen or so library books in various places in my house just waiting to be read, and I own an abundance of books I haven’t read yet so I can “browse” my own collection. Yes, I am a bookaholic.
But one book I have read and reread numerous times is The Princess Bride. Enchanting in its film version, the book includes delightful details only describable by the printed word. The full title is The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, the “Good Parts” Version abridged by William Goldman. Goldman’s father read him the tale as a young boy but left out all the boring historical and political details. The story as he knows is about Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world, and her true love Westley, the farm boy who will go to any lengths to be with her. They meet a cast of extraordinary and funny characters, including the evil Prince Humperdinck, swashbuckling Inigo, the mighty Fezzik, and Vizzini the Sicilian (“Inconceivable!”). This is definitely fantasy fiction at its best!
By the way, there’s a secret about S. Morgenstern that Goldman plays beautifully throughout the book. Hmmmmm, what can it be?
This post was written by Leigh Mauer, KCPL’s Reader’s Advisory Librarian. You can find out more about her and follow her blog at LiterariLeigh.