Thursday, 13 February 2014

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.

This is preamble but good preamble, as it presents an unusual idea. This line also establishes the wacky tone one can expect throughout the rest of the novel. But ultimately this opening line raises a question or two even little kids would love to ask. The kind like: "Um, wait, what?" I like to call it the double-take opening line.

The realty is that most people can actually relate to this opening line. The Princess Bride is a beloved movie the world over, and yet how many can say they have actually read the book? Many people don't even know there is a book, or that the book came first. So many can indeed say with authority that The Princess Bride is their favorite book they've never read.

Chapter 1:

The year that Buttercup was born, the most beautiful woman in the world was a French scullery maid named Annette.

Which is to suggest that the ordinary is truly the most beautiful. Either that, or the tone is meant to be flippant. Or both?

First thing said:

"I don't feel Billy is perhaps extending himself quite as much as he might."

Verdict: Pass (definite)

Theodore Moracht

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