Reviewed by: Kimball, age 15
This is a very good book with surprising turns and satirical and humorous absurdities (like the time period being set after America but before Europe.) If you have seen the movie (which is a classic movie) you will enjoy the book even more.Genre: Fiction
Time Period: Fictitious medieval era
The story begins on a farm where Buttercup, the farmer's daughter, takes pleasure in ordering the farmhand, Westley, around. When Buttercup realizes that Westley loves her, she falls in love with him. However, he has no money so he goes to America to seek his fortune. When Westley is killed by pirates, Buttercup is forced to marry the prince, Humperdinck. However, before she can marry the prince, whom she does not love, she is kidnapped by a Sicilian and his two henchmen, a Turk and a Spaniard. But Buttercup and her captors are being pursued by a mysterious man in black who seems to best the trio at every turn, leaving Buttercup to wonder as to his true identity.
Themes: true love conquers all, death is but a door
Recommended Age: 11 and up
The author presents the story as written by an S. Morgenstern, and the book as an abridgement of the original. There is no such book or person. Also, the author frequently breaks from the story to narrate the fictitious context of the story with excerpts from his fictional personal life, which may not appeal to some.