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Prof. Tarma Amelia Black wrote:I kept reading and forgot entirely to post in here! Ooops.
Well, again I was flummoxed by the beginning. Somehow I have gotten used to stories being just stories. Not like that play of Shakespeares where some folks are watching a play and the play is about both the play and the folks who are watching it.
So anyway, it's brilliant. I can see why I'd be calling the library and asking for the ORIGINAL book! This guy (Goldman) is so clever in how he starts the story ... So here we have the introduction which is an entirely different story than that for which the book is titled. Amazing. I love it.
Then we get to the official Chapter One. The 'Good Parts' version. Within Chapter One are little notes from Goldman, written in italics, about the story and about Morgenstern's parenthetical remarks. There is a lot of discussion about the 'most beautiful women' in the world, and how the rankings change. And why the rankings change. Then the thing of how Buttercup's eyes are opened about Farm Boy -- because the Countess kept watching him -- that was sort of funny and sad. But Westley knew all along, evidently. He also knows (in the book) that she's not the most aware person in the world "You never have been the brightest, I guess." because all this time when he was saying "As you wish" it meant "I love you." He stayed in his hovel because of her. He has taught himself languages, toned up his body, done all kinds of things, just because he loves her -- and she never noticed until someone else noticed him first. So then he goes off, to earn his fortune and ... then she is told he is killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. And she decides never to love again.
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