Sunday, June 12, 2016

Book Review: Wicked by Gregory Maguire



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 become 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.

An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn't so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.

Samantha's Review

I have always been a big fan of The Wizard of Oz. I actually didn't hear about this book until it became a musical and I loved the music so much I decided to read it (though I know it's not a musical style book).
It is a very interesting take on the life of the Wicked Witch and how she came to be. It goes to show you that no character is truly wicked or evil, there is always something behind the curtain that is tender and good.
There are a few scenes that suggest adult situations, which is why I dropped it to a four star rating. I wouldn't necessarily suggest this for tweens or young teens. But I do think it's a great adaptation.
Apparently it is part of a series, however I felt it worked as a stand alone book. I'm not sure if I will read on simply because I liked it so much on it's own. We will see.

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