Episode 024: The Princess Bride

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.

Nerd Words:

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.

Time to Read is a production of the Winnipeg Public Library. Our panel today included Alan Chorney, Dennis Penner, Kirsten Wurmann, and Trevor Lockhart. Erica will return in a future episode. Our webmaster is Arryn Seburn. Our social media guru is Reegan Breu. Audio production, and music by Dennis Penner.

Some of our comments today came from: Adam Ziegler, Charlie Nellam, missdsmenagerie, Jamie Biebrick,

You can be a part of our show too. Email us at wpl-podcast@winnipeg.ca with suggestions for books that you’d like us to read and discuss, and comments and questions about the book we’re reading for our next show!

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Next month we’re reading Great House by Nicole Krauss. We’re looking forward to hearing what you think about it.


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