Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil? Gregory Maguire... show more
When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil? Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to be the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.
Publish date: September 25th 2007
Pages no: 519
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Fairy Tales
Series: The Wicked Years (#1)
I started this book to a lot of hype. I do say that it both entertained and bored me. When I got into some of the initial 'adult situations,' I knew this book would go a long way to dispelling the cookie cutter goodness of Baum. I enjoyed the casually ways Maguire wove in the true story of Oz, bu...
I'd forgotten large portions of this book. It's been years since I read. It took me twenty days to finish this. It's by no means this books fault. I've just been really distracted. I've always really liked the movie the wizard of oz, and I somehow never read the Frank L. Baum till I was an adult. Th...
I remember reading this when I was a teenager after seeing the musical "Wicked" on Broadway. While the musical may have been based on this book, they were so far off from each other that they don't even feel representative of one another. To me, the book was so strange and difficult to get into. The...
At first, I hated this book. I thought it was really boring and didn't understand what all the hype was about. And then I got to the last section of the book and all I could think was... "Wow!" Everything that seems trivial and boring throughout the first three-fourths of the book suddenly makes sen...
I thought it was an interesting concept to do the backstory of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and if executed properly this could have been a good book. The framework of the story is good as exhibited by the musical that was adapted from this novel. Unfortunately the story telling and writin...