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Probably you have seen the movie The Princess Bride, but have you read the book? If not, you are missing out, especially if you are a fan of the wonderful movie adapted from the book, directed by Rob Reiner, starring Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin and Andre the Giant (the library has it, check it out today).
The story is adapted, according to Goldman, from the classic Florinese story, by S. Morgenstern. It is sweet, absurd, charming, and also totally hilarious, and contains, as Goldman's father described it to him:
"Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad 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."
Need I say more? Try it, you will love it.
Recommended by Catherine
P.S. This 30th Anniversary Edition includes a new introduction, the 25th Anniversary Edition introduction, and a chapter from the sequel, Buttercup's Baby. They are all right, but it's ok to skip right to the story.