As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read this classic but as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad's recitation, and only the good parts" reached his ears. Goldman reconstructed the Good Parts Version' to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere. This is an anti-establishment satire disguised as a love story; its more of a scary tale than a fairy tale. Even if youve seen the movie countless times the book is better.
Beautiful, flaxen-haired Buttercup has fallen for Westley, the farm boy, and when he departs to make his fortune, she vows never to love another. So when she hears that his ship has been captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts - who never leaves survivors - her heart is broken. But her charms draw the attention of the relentless Prince Humperdinck who wants a wife and will go to any lengths to have Buttercup. So starts a fairytale like no other, of fencing, fighting, torture, poison, true love, hate, revenge, giants, hunters, bad men, good men, beautifulest ladies, snakes, spiders, beasts, chases, escapes, lies, truths, passion and miracles.