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Reissued in a special commemorative edition to mark its 25th anniversary, a classic tale of pirates, evil princes, sorcerers and true love. With a new introduction and the first chapter of the novel's sequel, BUTTERCUP'S BABY. From the author of MARATHON MAN and ADVENTURES IN THE SCREEN TRADE.
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First published well, in 1973 actually, this book spawned the Rob Reiner-directed cult film of the same name. It's a tongue-in-cheek fairytale of love, life, action, death and life again. Featuring the obligatory handsome Prince and supremely beautiful princess, it also boasts a Spanish sword wizard, the Zoo of Death, a chocolate-coated resurrection pill and lots of villains, who span the spectrum from evil, through even more evil to (gasp) most evil. And then there's Fezzik, the gentle giant addicted to rhyming.
William Goldman--who's won two Oscars for his screenwriting (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men), and has endeared himself to dentists and their patients planetwide through his novel Marathon Man--has always claimed he merely abridged this text, extracting the "good parts" from an inventive yet wordy classic by Florinese literary superstar, S Morgenstern.
It has, however, been whispered in certain circles that Morgenstern himself is a figment of Goldman's ultra-fertile imagination. Read Goldman's original and special Anniversary introductions and make up your own mind. Oh--and don't forget his explanation as to why he's only "abridged" the first chapter of the sequel Buttercup's Baby--which appears here for the first time--and why it took him so long to get round to it.
Completely delightful, suitable for cynics and romantics alike. Suspension of disbelief optional. -- Lisa GeeReview:
'A spoof fairytale...Terrific.' -- Daily Telegraph
'A wonderful fairytale.' -- The Times
'As brilliant and funny as its screen version-the magic doesn't dull and will happily survive at least another twenty-five years.' -- Observer
'Brilliant and funny.' -- Observer
'Classic...Fearfully comic.' -- Total Film
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Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Very Good: a copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0009871972
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 1999. Condition: Very Good. Seller Inventory # U9780747543220
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 1999-01-07, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Books is in good condition. Some moderate creases and wear. This item may not come with CDs or additional parts and might be an ex-library copy. Seller Inventory # DS-0747543224-3