As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes


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I’m not one to be easily excited over actor’s autobiographies/memoirs. However, I really enjoyed this book!

I like “The Princess Bride,” but I wouldn’t consider myself to be a fanatic. I’m also sorry to say that my memory of the movie’s quotable quotes is a bit shoddy as well (“Inconceivable!”). Cary Elwes’ book may change that. I loved learning about the story behind the story of the movie…of the story…by William Goldman.

I think Cary Elwes did a great job of not turning his book into a self-promoting, self-glorifying tome. Quite the opposite. He portrayed himself as the young, sometimes bumbling, awe-struck actor who had the good fortune to be associated with a remarkable cast, headed up by endearing director Rob Reiner.

Like the movie itself, I think this book is suitable for almost all ages. What impressed me was how clean the book was. There was little foul language, no tawdry Hollywood gossip, backbiting, rants, or off-color stories. There was also little negativity on Elwes’ part (with the possible exception of 20th Century Fox’s poor job of promoting the film).

I highly recommend this book!

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