William Goldman’s beloved novel has sold over one million copies. A movie, released twenty years ago, perfectly captured the spirit of the book and has introduced new fans to its pages ever since. In 1941 a young boy lies bedridden from pneumonia. His perpetually disheveled and unattractive father, an immigrant from Florin with terribly broken English, shuffles into his bedroom carrying a book. The boy wants to know if it has any sports. His father says, "Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions. Miracles." And the little boy, though he doesn’t know it, is about to change forever. As Goldman says, "What happened was just this. I got hooked on the story." And coming generations of readers will, too.
And coming generations of readers will too.
Hollywood scriptwriter William Goldman pretends that he is simply editing and commenting on what purports to be a 19th-century fairy-tale by "Florinese" writer S. Morgenstern. Studded with hilariously anachronistic one-liners, this fantasy aims to teach its readers the important lesson that "life isn't fair," by placing considerable obstacles in the way of the romance between Westley, a talented farmboy who later assumes a somewhat more dashing and mysterious identity, and Buttercup, a sweet, dimwitted, world-record-breaking beauty who becomes engaged to the local prince. Goldman adapted the novel into a successful 1987 film starring Cary Elwes as Westley and Robin Wright as Buttercup.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: General, Romance, Love + Relationships + Sex, Science Fiction + Fantasy, Action + Thrillers
- Edition: Reprint
- Format: paperback
- Release Date:
October 8, 2007
- Date Published:
October 8, 2007
Author: William Goldman
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- Online Item #: 11337377
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-5653
- ISBN: 9780156035217
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