Today we are talking about S. Morgenstern’s “The Princess Bride”, edited by William Goldman.
Westley and Buttercup live a simple life on a farm, and fall in love. Westley sails off to find his fortune so that he can properly marry Buttercup, but his ship is overtaken by a notorious pirate who never leaves survivors. Heart-broken, Buttercup eventually agrees to marry Prince Humperdinck (rather than face execution), but she does not love him. Then she is kidnapped by people intending on murdering her, then kidnapped again by a masked stranger who turns out to be her lost love, Westley. They are captured by Humperdinck, who secretly tortures and then murders Westley, and plans to murder Buttercup after they wed. Unlikely alliances and one miracle later, Westley rescues Buttercup and they ride off into the sunset into eternal happiness.
That’s the story.
Or at least, that’s one of the stories, told within a bigger story about stories. It’s a romance, it’s an adventure, it’s a revenge tale, it’s a fairy tale, it’s social commentary, and maybe it’s something else too.
Dennis: harried https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harried
Trevor: swashbuckler https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swashbuckler
Kirsten: egelwegel https://nltimes.nl/2019/12/17/boomer-voted-new-dutch-word-year
Alan: decade https://www.dictionary.com/browse/decade
Tell me about a book I haven’t read yet:
Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline
The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel
Thanks for joining us for this episode of the Time to Read podcast. We were talking about The Princess Bride by William Goldman.
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