Sunday, June 21, 2009

In My Mailbox - June 21st

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I didn't get much this week, because I'm seriously backlogged in my library books, I think I have two bookshelves worth still to read! Just the one book this week:

The Princess Bride is a true fantasy classic. William Goldman describes it as a "good parts version" of "S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure." Morgenstern's original was filled with details of Florinese history, court etiquette, and Mrs. Morgenstern's mostly complimentary views of the text. Much admired by academics, the "Classic Tale" nonetheless obscured what Mr. Goldman feels is a story that has everything: "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. Passion. Miracles."

Goldman frames the fairy tale with an "autobiographical" story: his father, who came from Florin, abridged the book as he read it to his son. Now, Goldman is publishing an abridged version, interspersed with comments on the parts he cut out.

Is The Princess Bride a critique of classics like Ivanhoe and The Three Musketeers, that smother a ripping yarn under elaborate prose? A wry look at the differences between fairy tales and real life? Simply a funny, frenetic adventure? No matter how you read it, you'll put it on your "keeper" shelf.


  1. I totally understand what you mean about library books! I have a ton spread around my room, so I can't even get to the books that I've bought myself. Happy reading :)

  2. I love the Princess Bride, soooo good...enjoy!

  3. Enjoy your book! I haven't read this one yet, perhaps I shall...

  4. I have read this one yet.
    Seen the movie and love it!

    The wait until Catching Fire is definitely worth it! Only 3 months away~ Least it's not a year! =)
    I love your blog background btw.


  5. Awesome book, a friend of mine recommended this one to me but haven't read it yet. Enjoy.

  6. I loooove the film. I keep hearing great things about the book, I really need to pick it up someday soon.

  7. This book is on a list I need to read. Enjoy!

  8. I hope you enjoy it!

    Happy Reading!



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