The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Featuring giants, duels, man-eating swamp rats and, of course, true love, Goldman’s funny and poignant lampoon of the fairy-tale tradition has inadvertently become a classic of the genre.
The Princess Bride is a gripping tongue-in-cheek fairy tale. It tells the story of Buttercup, an exceptionally beautiful girl who rises from unlikely beginnings to receive the dubious hand-in- marriage of the barrel-like Prince Humperdinck. Meanwhile her true love, Westley the farm boy, must cross perilous seas, climb the Cliffs of Insanity, fight off man-eating swamp rats and survive the abominable Zoo of Death to rescue her from a grisly end. Fast-paced and funny, The Princess Bride lampoons the fairy-tale tradition but is at once a classic in its own right.
This edition of The Princess Bride includes the first chapter of the ‘sequel’, Buttercup’s Baby, and Goldman’s introductions to the 25th and 35th anniversary editions, which embellish the myth surrounding the original text. ‘It’s still my favorite book in all the world,’ he writes, ‘and more than ever, I wish I had written it.’ They also comment on the cult 1987 film directed by Rob Reiner. Mark Thomas has created 10 colourful illustrations depicting some of the story’s most dramatic moments, and an endpaper map tracing Westley and Buttercup’s journey.
- Folio Society First Impression
- Publisher Folio Society, London; 2013
- Green Cloth Hardback, 291 pp
- Illustrated by Mark Thomas
- Size 240 x 160mm, 1.2kg
Condition: Fine – Superb Unmarked Copy
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