As You Wish

Princess Bride mem­o­ries

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256 pages | £ 11.89 ( hard­back)/£ 9.99 ( ebook) Au­thors: Cary El­wes and Joe Lay­den Pub­lisher: Si­mon & Schus­ter part mak­ing of, As You Wish is a breezy but en­tirely tooth­less trip down mem­ory lane for fans of The Princess Bride.

Penned by the Man In Black him­self, it’s an ac­count of Cary El­wes’s jour­ney on the film from the day he first met di­rec­tor Rob Reiner to a cast/ crew re­union 25 years later. Pic­tures and in­ter­view snip­pets with most of the key play­ers are sprin­kled through­out, giv­ing the book an oral his­tory feel – though pe­cu­liarly peo­ple oc­ca­sion­ally fea­ture be­fore they’re in­tro­duced in El­wes’s prose, leav­ing you to won­der who the heck some of them are.

El­wes of­fers plenty of in­sight and anec­dotes, a lot of which will be new, even to peo­ple who’ve sat through all the Blu- ray spe­cial fea­tures. Barely a sin­gle scene goes un­men­tioned, with the iconic clifftop sword­fight cov­ered in the

Part au­to­bi­og­ra­phy,

great­est depth. “Inconceivable” may be a stretch, but there are a hand­ful of sur­pris­ing and hi­lar­i­ous tales, most fea­tur­ing An­dre The Gi­ant, whose voice is sorely missed else­where.

It’s lov­ingly writ­ten – El­wes’s pas­sion for the film plainly ev­i­dent through­out. El­wes is so en­am­oured with the pro­duc­tion and ev­ery­one in­volved, how­ever, that after the twen­ti­eth time hear­ing about how won­der­ful some­one or some­thing was his bound­less praise starts to lose im­pact. It’s dif­fi­cult to es­cape the sense there’s a bet­ter warts- an­dall story to be told. Jor­dan Far­ley

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