Princess Bride Read-A-Long, Milestone 1

October 3, 2010

During the month of October, Chrisbookarama is hosting a read-a-long of The Princess Bride.

I haven’t seen the movie or read the book before, though I do recognize the lines:

My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

For this week’s milestone, we have read the introduction and parts 1-4.

Earlier today, I purchased an eBook copy for me to read on my Kobo. That also led to me updating the software and operating system on the reader, so hopefully I’ll be even more inclined to use it more often now. But … on to my thoughts!

What do I think so far?

I love it. In fact, I absolutely adore it. So much so that I’ve already ordered a paper copy to be sent to my partner in Vancouver so that he can read it, too.

There isn’t all that much of a story so far, per se, but what there has been is fantastically ridiculous and funny. There’s a milkmaid who’s a tomboy but is loved by all the boys in her town and refuses to wash herself, yet is apparently one of the most beautiful people in the world. There’s the farm boy who she finally realizes she is in love with, and tells him, only to have the door slammed in her face; he then goes away to America to build a home for them, but his ship is attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts and he is – presumably – killed. Then there’s Prince Humperdinck who isn’t all that nice or attractive, even keeping a Zoo of Death for him to hunt animals and kill them, and who turns down a possible wedding match because she wears hats to cover her baldness. There’s other characters, particularly the sets of parents, who are also amusing in their own ways.

And yet, it’s not the characters so much that I’ve fallen in love with so far. It’s the writing style.

In the sections that are kept in the “abridged” version from Morganstern’s “original text” (a story within the story), the author writes with a very parenthetical style. That is, he uses a lot of (these). And the way he uses them is absolutely hilarious! The text inside the parentheses is usually an aside that has to do with the historical bits of information, but isn’t usually a real factoid; rather, most of the comments don’t make sense in a matter-of-fact sort of way, but are more sarcastic than anything. I wanted to laugh out loud so many times!

So far, I’m really glad that I’ve joined in on this read-a-long. I wasn’t really sure how I would like the book since I had absolutely no concept of what to expect: I haven’t even seen the movie, and I knew the famous line but didn’t know where it had come from. Hopefully it will all be great like this!

And when I’m finished, maybe I’ll watch the movie. I hear it’s a cult classic or something … <wink>

4 Comments

  • Shelley October 4, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I’m reading along also and have had quite a few laugh-out-loud moments, especially when he find out the baldness. I am very guilty of using too many parentheses in my writing, so I’m appreciating the usage in this. You will love the movie!

  • Shelley October 4, 2010 at 9:37 am

    -“finds out about the baldness” is what I should have written. A little sleepy right now.

  • Chrisbookarama October 4, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    I love the parenthesis too! The commentary is hilarious.

    You must see the movie, it is so good!

  • Rikki October 5, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I agree with Chris. You have to go and see the movie. And the parts in parentheses are great.

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