S. Morgenstern Message Board

Marc Rotenase posts on 7/22/2014 7:26:43 PM I thought I would write when I saw that many of you still haven't read "Buttercup's Baby". Yes, the never-ending litigation between Goldman and Morgenstern's estate is a shame, but you do know that the original was translated into English by Simon Morgenstern himself, yes? Granted it's very long (almost 900 pages) and a bit rare, but most good libraries have a copy, and it's not that hard to skip the lengthy sections on Florinese forestry: just look for the dialog, which is always clearly marked. But also, if you happen to read Yiddish, there is available an excellent abridgement (Ble'ndenishes Bas) published in the 1930s. (Interesting that the title reveals Waverley's gender.) Some Morgenstern scholars even think the Yiddish version was abridged by Morgenstern himself, since the word choice and style is similar to his Yiddish correspondence with scholars and authors in Europe. Makes sense, since Morgenstern is widely known to have mastered 8-10 European languages.
Valerie Paige posts on 12/27/2013 4:09:08 PM I LOVE THAT BOOK! I thought Morgenstern was real too... I asked my teacher for the unabridged version and she laughed at me and told me it wasn't real. Yeah, kind of upsetting. Still my favorite book ever!
Vita O'Brien posts on 2/1/2011 1:07:23 AM but only one chapter is published in that edition-just finished reading it and want the rest!!!

Jess posts on 9/6/2010 12:16:54 PM Buttercup's Baby is in print. It is included in the 30th anniversary edition of The Princess Bride. :)
Shaneese posts on 6/27/2010 10:49:19 AM I have never heard of 'The Princess Bride' (since I am only 15 turning 16) and I stumbled across this book at my local library in my hometown Darwin, Australia. I am soo grateful this book didn't turn out the way I had expected it to, since the name of the book contained the two words 'Princess' and 'Bride'. That's not something a 15 year old would really look forward into reading, more likely my 8 year old little sister would look forward tp before getting bored and leave to watch TV. I had just finished the book and searched up S.Morgenstern to see if the sequel 'Buttercups Baby' has been published yet. Instead I found out the he is not in existence! I also contemplated over the book for 5 minutes and what did Goldman mean by his father reading him this book when he was bed ridden and almost dyeing of pneumonia? was this all made up? I also read an interview he had with 'Moriarty' and i will quote (William Goldman) "I don't know if I'm going to write it. I have that much written, and I feel pretty neat about it. That's the only thing I've ever written, you have to understand, that I really liked. Of all the books that I've written, that's the one that I care for." after reading this I have now this feeling to finish this book! If I have not become famous and sold almost 50 million copies over the world in 7 different languages in the next 10 years I will most likely be hiding underground somewhere trying to get the perfect ending to the story. In my book I will also use the same concept as Goldman but in this case Goldman is real. wish me luck
Mike posts on 6/21/2010 6:51:29 PM "The Princess Bride" will probably always be one of my fave books. Beside it being a great story, the writing style keeps you in it. I really like how he created a fake author & creates the fake mini-stories associated with it too. Definitely a classic.
S. posts on 2/27/2010 12:04:51 PM I just finished The Princess Bride and I really want to read Buttercup's Baby... I whish it was written yet :)
Avey posts on 2/11/2010 10:43:43 PM I really hope he "abridges" Buttercup's Baby to full soon so we can all read it!
Jennifer H posts on 11/4/2009 10:40:56 AM I just finished the Princess Bride, and I had NO idea that the "original version" and "S. Morgenstern" were fakes!!!! In fact, during some parts I was so genuinely annoyed by Goldman's constant interruptions that I would skip over entire pages of his commentary!!! Can you believe it?! Wow, he got me goooood. It was only when I went online and googled to find out where the heck Florin is that I stummbled on the truth - too good! The sad thing is, I've been thinking the entire time that I've been reading the book that I'm going to get the original and read all about when Buttercup was being trained for royal life - hello - girls loooove that stuff! Wow I just can't believe I got so increadibly taken in. But it was pure pleasure, absolute pure pleasure to read the entire book. Absolutely loved it.
gobatman! posts on 4/28/2009 12:03:30 PM So I thought Goldings book could have been written better but I never read the original. The movie is awesome though. Anyway, I have been waiting a long time for the sequel to come out, but honestly, i don't think it ever will.
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