UATR Book Club | The Princess Bride Discussion

We did it! Our first book is read and finished. Did you just love it? I am such a fan of Goldman's consistent use of satirical voice, sarcasm, and witty humor. When I read this book for the first time back in high school I instantly fell in love and knew that it was my perfect companion. Books somehow always fall into your life at just the right time, don't they? It was fun to read it again, especially after so many parts of my life have changed, like having a baby and building a business. I also felt that I was little stand offish at the parts pertaining to feminism with everything that has been happening around the country. My viewpoints towards Buttercup's apparent feminist attitude yet obvious "beautiful and stupid" characteristic had changed a bit, from finding it funny, to finding it a little sad. What do you think? I have some questions listed below for you to answer if you wish! I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments. 

  1. How do you feel about Goldman's constant interjections, parenthesis, and obvious satirical voice about the Renaissance-era time period? Does it bother you or make you laugh? 
  2. Do you find the interjections believable? I was almost somehow tricked upon the first time reading this book. Though I did look into his pseudonym S. Morgenstern, and it is indeed just that!
  3. What are your thoughts on the way Goldman handles the female persona throughout the novel? I feel that he has somehow invented a woman who is consistently trying to test the limits of feminism, yet she still holds herself back. Do you find that it matches the time in which the novel was written? (1973)
  4. Can you hear the character's speaking in the novel? What is your favorite part about the dialogue?
  5. What are your thoughts on Inigo's back story? Does his character make more sense to you now in comparison to the film? How do you compare his passions to your own?
  6. How do you feel about the passage: "But the hunchback was the leader. There was never doubt. Without him, Inigo knew where he would be: on his back begging wine in some alley entrance. The Sicilian's word was not just law, it was gospel. / So when he said, "Kill the man in black," all other possibilities ceased to exist. The man in black had to die..." (page 142). How do you feel it relates to many personal, political, and religious situations in real life?
  7. Not much of a question, but I had to look up some of the fencing terminology from the match between Inigo and the Man in Black. It was legit! You can read more into that here if you like.
  8. How do you feel about the story of Fezzik? How does it relate to parents today? 
  9. What are your thoughts on the line, "Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high."
  10. Do you love or hate the banter between Westley and Buttercup before he reveals his identity? Would you trust him after he acted in disguise?
  11.  I believe we are Miracle Max upon opening the door. “I don’t know you!” 
  12. The quote “True love is the best thing in the world, besides cough drops.” is one of my favorite of all time! Which quote from the book was your favorite?
  13. How do you feel about Inigo’s revenge? Was it worth it? Did you love it or hate it? 
  14. What were your thoughts on the ending? Would you have changed anything?  
  15. Did you read Buttercup’s Baby? Thoughts? 

Phew! I can't wait to see what you write in. I really hope it was a fun read! Next Monday, we'll start reading a new book: In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. It's a nonfiction piece about food in America and how we need to get back to real, wholesome foods that we cook ourselves. I am a huge fan of Pollan's work, but have not read this piece yet, so I am really excited to get started! If you want to be notified when we begin reading our next book, click the button below to subscribe to our newsletter! (:

xoxo Kayla