Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
Nicholas
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March Books 2) The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

Well, this is very entertaining! While The Princess Bride is at its core a rollicking fairy tale that does nothing at all to challenge racial or sexual stereotypes, what saves it is the witty and occasionally self-mocking tone of the text, the framing narrative of an author reclaiming a story he loved in childhood for his grandson, and also the sub-plot about the process of editing down and publishing a story written by another person in another time for another audience. I'm also impressed by the ambiguity of the ending (I understand that the film doesn't dare to replicate that). So, despite its flaws, some of which are acknowledged in the text, strongly recommended.
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