The first thing you notice when you start this book is that it does not start quite like the movie. It begins by describing the fictional life of William Goldman, in which he had been read a story by his father, not grandfather, called “The princess Bride.” This book was written by the made up author, S. Morgenstern. As a kid he had remembered fondly how his father had told the tale of true love and gallantry. Only to find, later in life, that his father had edited it while reading it to him. This shook his world, in fact he states: “Who can know when his world is going to change? Who can tell before it happens, that every prior experience, all the years, were a preparation for . . . nothing.” The notion here is not that preparation is not important, but that all of our preparations cannot completely prepare us for how our life will really happen.
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...words ‘true love and high adventure’ I believed in that once. I thought my life was going to follow that path. Prayed that it would. Obviously it didn't, but I don't think there's high adventure left any more. Nobody takes out a sword nowadays and cries, ‘Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father; prepare to die!’ And true love you can forget about too. I don't know if I love anything truly any more beyond the porterhouse at Peter Luger's and the cheese enchilada at El Parador's. (Sorry about that, Helen.) Anyway, here's the ‘good parts’ version. S. Morgenstern wrote it. And my father read it to me. And now I give it to you. What you do with it will be of more than passing interest to us all.”
Goldman, William. The Princess Bride. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 1973
Campbell, Donna M. Realism in American Literature, 1860-1890. Web 2014
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