Stop by Park Road Books at 7pm on August 13th to discuss The Princess Bride by William Goldman. This modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests - for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love - that's thrilling and timeless.
Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible - inconceivable, even - to equate "The Princess Bride" with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you'll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an "abridged" retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that's home to "beasts of all natures and descriptions; pain; death; brave men; coward men; strongest men; chases; escapes; lies; truths; and passions."
Quick note: I suggest, as you procure your copy, to try and find the 30th anniversary edition. We'll be discussing (in part) what can be found in these introductions. If you already have/can only get your hands on a different version, no worries! But if you're planning on purchasing a copy, I would try to find a copy with those introductions/conclusions.
(You can always pick up the book at Park Road Books for 20% off this month, but we welcome any version during the book club - do not be ashamed if you want to bring in your reading device!)
As usual, we will probably go down to Sir Edmund Halley's restaurant (in the same shopping center) for more conversation (& food & drinks) after the book club. Everyone is welcome!