“One of the funniest, most original, and deeply moving novels I have read in a long time.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
Okay so this is a painful admission for a Reading Addict like myself, but I got to know about this through the marvellous film of the same title. I didn’t even realise it *was* a book for a while (for some reason, I always missed the very start of the film). Eventually I realised, put it on my TBR list and got round to reading it a short while ago.
It turns out that all those catch-phrases and snappy, often bizarre exchanges that we love about the film are lifted straight off the page. There are bits missing from the film of course (aren’t there always?).
Like many books, it goes so much deeper. What the reader very quickly picks up on is the conceit that the book as presented is actually William Goldman’s pithier summary of a far longer and drawn out book by one S. Morgenstern – who’s magnum opus is portrayed as a rather turgid and long-winded stab at European politics and royalty (with the story being the golden kernel at the heart of it all).