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Quick Review: AS YOU WISH by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden

on October 22, 2014

I was more than thrilled when Maria at Simon and Schuster asked me if I’d like to review Cary Elwes’ new book, the full title of which is As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. I just love that movie, and I figured it would be a fun read.

This book starts with Elwes getting cast to play Westley and goes through the entire filming and creation process. Interspersed throughout are pictures, along with quotes and snippets from other cast members, often sharing their view of the same incidents that Elwes writes about. His book is not a self-serving bit of megalomania (a worry I had since it is written by a Hollywood star!) but more of a tribute and a very touching personal recollection of what could be described as the best job of his life. Throughout it you come to intimately know the real people behind the characters, along with Rob Reiner, the director (apparently one of the greatest and most lovable guys in Hollywood). This book was a lovely and fun read, paying homage to a film classic that many of us count in our top ten favorite flicks of all time.

If you love this film, don’t miss reading AS YOU WISH.

4 responses to “Quick Review: AS YOU WISH by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden

  1. I have been looking at this one!

  2. akismet-27b8b2e409c4fe71e5daa418007cfe00 says:

    Thanks for a great review. I loved The Princess Bride but I might have had the same hesitation in buying it that you had. I am off to purchase it now!

  3. I’m so glad you liked this 🙂 I have it from NetGalley but I haven’t read it yet. I think I need to move it up in my pile!

  4. BermudaOnion says:

    I know so many people who loved The Princess Bride and somehow I’ve missed the movie. It sounds like I need to see it and read the book.

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