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Lazarus and the Gimp
17-03-2005, 19:53:55
I'm guessing nearly everyone's seen the film, which is great, obviously. It turns out that the book's even better.

The main narrative has a whimsical tone that gently takes the piss out of all fairy-tale conventions. Meanwhile, the asides and abridging notes are wired and flippant. Every part of the book utterly refuses to take any of the other parts seriously, but it still hangs together with a big soppy love story. It's brilliant, clever and very funny.

sleeping_satsuma
17-03-2005, 20:48:12
..........I thought it was Hermann Hesse? I did also think I'd bought it but I certainly haven't read it yet. Loved the film though...

Funko
17-03-2005, 21:28:52
Better than the film? Well I'll have to read that.

zmama
18-03-2005, 14:40:40
I agree with Laz. The book is, to use one of those stupid book review blurbs, "A rollicking good time!"

The writing is a joy

BigGameHunter
20-03-2005, 01:21:11
[KG mode] I cannot imagine how you could possibly associate Hesse with the Princess Bride????[KG mode]
That was a very good unintentional laugh.

zmama
20-03-2005, 03:20:28
At least a snicker

protein
20-03-2005, 11:20:39
So, is it me or is the actor from that film the guy in Saw?

zmama
20-03-2005, 11:50:09
It's him

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000144/

Lazarus and the Gimp
20-03-2005, 12:26:42
From his performances in "The Princess Bride" and "Spinal Tap", not to mention the fact that he shags Jamie Lee Curtis, is Lord Haden-Guest the coolest peer of the realm ever?

sleeping_satsuma
20-03-2005, 16:26:48
Originally posted by BigGameHunter
[KG mode] I cannot imagine how you could possibly associate Hesse with the Princess Bride????[KG mode]
That was a very good unintentional laugh.

probably because I've never read either the book or any Hesse. Its just a vague association in my mind, probably picked up from something totally different.

zmama
21-03-2005, 01:57:50
Well, Hesse is on the serious side of things...way serious. Not a whole lot of chuckles, very German.

jsorense
21-03-2005, 03:05:59
"The Glass Bead Game" is really worth it, imho.

Funko
21-03-2005, 09:46:48
Originally posted by Lazarus and the Gimp
From his performances in "The Princess Bride" and "Spinal Tap", not to mention the fact that he shags Jamie Lee Curtis, is Lord Haden-Guest the coolest peer of the realm ever?

Not to mention his writing talent. He co-wrote and directed A Mighty Wind which was awesome and Best in Show which was also really funny. He was great in those two movies too.

So yes. All Hail Sir Nigel Tuffnel (Lead Guitar).

Scabrous Birdseed
22-03-2005, 20:56:27
I didn't like the rambling, annoying, badly-concieved film, so I doubt I'd like the book. Is the main character as much of a self-important, smarmy shithole?

Lazarus and the Gimp
22-03-2005, 21:00:48
Sorry- you're banned from reading it.

Scabrous Birdseed
22-03-2005, 21:17:50
I wasn't planning to. :) Westley (or whatever his name was) got my nerves raw enough during the movie, wouldn't want to be subjected to that again. I still haven't forgiven the girl at the office last summer who described the psychopath as some sort of likable scamp.