Why did The Princess Bride captivate America into the of Watergate year? Nathaniel Rich revisits William Goldman’s classic and finds it grippingly readable—and bluntly truthful.
In 1973—“the 12 months of infamy”—the last American bombs were fallen on Cambodia, OPEC issued an oil embargo, the stock exchange crashed, and Woodward and Bernstein unveiled that there is more into the Watergate break-in than had first showed up. Also by US criteria, it absolutely was a brief moment of extravagant uneasiness, disillusionment, and mania. In the midst of this maelstrom arrived a strange and determinedly anachronistic brand new novel by William Goldman. It told the fairy-tale tale of a Princess known as Buttercup, her abduction by an wicked prince and a six-fingered count, along with her rescue by way of a soft-hearted giant, a vengeance-mad swordsman, and a debonair masked hero known as Westley. It is hard to consider a novel that bears less connection to its time compared to the Princess Bride. Which will be precisely what made The Princess Bride therefore prompt.
It is feasible that a dubious reader might discern particular Nixonian qualities in Humperdinck, Goldman’s vain, conspiratorial, power-hungry prince, or see in Count Rugen, the prince’s diabolical, merciless, hypocritical hatchet man, a medieval Robert Haldeman. Continue reading United States Bride