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Our pick for June 2020 is The Princess Bride.

Here’s how the Vox Book Club works: Every month, we pick a book. We go through it week by week, with a discussion post going up on the site every Friday. Each discussion post will contain thoughts and discussion questions from me, your humble book critic, but we’ll also have comments turned on and moderated so you can share your thoughts, too. Talk among yourselves! Post your opinions and questions! Or use our discussion posts as a jumping-off point for (socially distanced) discussions with your own friends and family. And at the end of the month, we’ll hold a virtual live discussion.

After a fantastic May spent discussing Donna Tartt’s The Secret History (replay of the live event coming soon!), in June we’ll turn to William Goldman’s The Princess Bride.

You’ve probably seen the classic 1987 movie adapted from The Princess Bride. If you have, you’ll be fine. If you haven’t, you’ll also be fine. The Princess Bride is one of those book-and-movie pairs wherein each element can stand on its own, though they also complement each other in very nerdy and satisfying ways. (That’s probably because William Goldman, who wrote the book, was also one of Hollywood’s greatest screenwriters. So when he adapted his own novel into a screenplay, he did it perfectly.) The book is great. The movie is great. This is a win-win situation.

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Here’s the full Vox Book Club schedule for June 2020

Friday, June 5: Discussion covering the introduction to the 30th anniversary edition–chapter 4 (pp. viii–85)

Friday, June 12: Discussion covering chapters 5–6 (pp. 87–264)

Friday, June 19: Discussion covering chapters 7–8 in the original edition, plus “Buttercup’s Baby” in the epilogue of later editions (pp. 265–414)

Thursday, June 25: Virtual live event, details TBD. Sign up for the Vox Book Club newsletter for more info!


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