For TODAY ONLY, The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman is $1.99 in ebook format from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Which reminds me that I haven't watched the movie nor read the book in a while. Of course, my tv time has been severely limited for months now, but this may be on my list when life normalizes again in the next month or so. (I hope!) Of course, this is one of those movies that I pretty much have memorized--I saw it the first time in the theatre when it was released--so it's not as common for me to watch it since I can pretty much do so in my head. And, of course, the book is great, too!
William Goldman's modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests—for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love—that's thrilling and timeless.
Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you'll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that's home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.”