Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Princess Bride by William Goldman - a re-read


I've just finished reading "The Princess Bride" for the second time, having read and reviewed it back in 2012. It's just as good the second time around. There is something special about this book, about the way it's written, the length, the commentary, the mix of characters and adventures, everything about it is just right. 

*****

Quotes

- This is my favorite book in all the world, though I have never read it.
"Has it got any sports in it?"
"Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles."

- "Excuses are the refuge of cowards", the Sicilian (Vizzini) interrupted.

- But in fact, the King was barely hanging on, could only rarely tell day from night, and basically spent his time in muttering. He was very old, every organ in his body had long since betrayed him...

- Buttercup's mother was a gnarled shrimp of a woman, thorny and worrying...

- "Who are you?", he (Inigo Montaya) screamed.
"No one of import. Another lover of the blade"

- And in the open, unthinkable as it was, the man in black was superior. Not much. But in a multitude of tiny ways, he was of a slightly higher quality. A hair quicker, a fraction stronger, a speck faster. Not really much at all.
But it was enough.
 
- The next morning, Inigo began the track down. He had it all carefully prepared in his mind. He would find the six-fingered man. He would go up to him. He would simply say, "Hello, my name is Inigo Montaya, you killed my father, prepare to die" and then, oh then, the duel.

- “When I was your age, television was called books.”  - W.Goldman

- “Now what happens?" asked the man in black.
"We face each other as God intended," Fezzik said. "No tricks, no weapons, skill against skill alone."
"You mean you'll put down your rock and I'll put down my sword and we'll try to kill each other like civilized people, is that it?”

- “Why do you wear a mask and hood?"
I think everybody will in the near future," was the man in black's reply. "They're terribly comfortable.”

- And that's when she (Edith, giving advice to W.Goldman) put her book down. And looked at me. And said it: "Life isn't fair, Bill. We tell our children that it is, but it's a terrible thing to do. It's not only a lie, it's a cruel lie. Life is not fair, and it never has been, and it's never going to be."

-  “I could give you my word as a Spaniard," Inigo said. "No good," the man in black replied. "I've known too many Spaniards.”

- “Let’s look on the bright side: we’re having an adventure, Fezzik, and most people live and die without being as lucky as we are.”

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