Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

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 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.


About the Author: Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire is an American author, whose novels are revisionist retellings of children s stories such as L Frank Baum s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz into Wicked He received his Ph.D in English and American Literature from Tufts University, and his B.A from the State University of New York at Albany He was a professor and co director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children



10 thoughts on “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

  1. Madeline Madeline says:

    Instead of my usual griping style, we ll do this review in list form.Things That I Really Wish Gregory Maguire Had Bothered To Explain That Might Have Made Wicked Worth Reading Why Elphaba is green Why Elphaba cannot touch water The Philosophy Club which seemed to be some sort of bizarre sex club which was introduced t


  2. David David says:

    I have a confession I wanted to read this book because I saw the Broadway show, and the idea of a Broadway show based on a book based on a movie based on a political satire intrigued me I heard the book and the show were quite different, so I wanted to see the difference.The biggest difference is that the show is good, and the


  3. Claire Greene Claire Greene says:

    I hated this book Maybe it was because I was expecting so much with all the hype, maybe because I thought the original idea was so great, whatever End result, I freaking hated this book This is a book that makes you want to sit down and re write it yourself because it is such a shame that such a great idea was so mishandled I loved th


  4. Max Ostrovsky Max Ostrovsky says:

    From the first page, I couldn t put the book down I loved it And as my love for the book Wicked and the Wicked Witch of the West grew, my hatred for George Lucas grew in direct proportion How could he have gotten it so wrong I never pretended to like the new trilogy It could have been a new story It could have really delved into the character


  5. Jason Jason says:

    I ve pretty much stopped buying lunch at my work cafeteria because no matter how often the description of the day s entr e induces those salivary glands into action, the end result is always terribly disappointing The food looks like it should be good braised beef that seems savory, fresh looking tomatoes to impart a robust flavor, colorful specks of


  6. Nina Nina says:

    As far as fairy tales are concerned, adults recall them to be simple moral stories of how things go wrong if you want the wrong things As fond of them as adults may be, the stories aren t often dissected, interpreted, or believed in for much farther than that The brilliance behind Maguire s books, is his capability of understanding that both the fantasy worl


  7. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    I love my physical edition of this novelwhile the reading experience wasn t as good as always thought that it would be MANY SHADES OF GREEN A thing that I got amazed when I started to label this book, in the process of my review, in my virtual shelves of Goodreads was how many different genres the novel touches Politics, Religion, Romance, Humor, Fantasy, Magic, Mys


  8. Lyn Lyn says:

    Dostoyevsky meets Frank Baum This was not as much fun as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies maybe because it is revisionist than mash up, parody or spoof This is actually, strangely a very mature work but set in Oz and from the perspective of Elpheba the wicked witch But it was amusing, entertaining, thought provoking, head scratching, etc etc.Published 2 years before Harry P


  9. Keith Keith says:

    This book as become increasingly popular, mostly due to the success of the musical by the same name the truth is however, its not very good There are many interesting and intriguing plotlines in the book, and you wait for them to be clerified, and expanded upon, but many never are many fantastic characters are introduced, and are hinted at playing an important roll later in the boo


  10. Beth Beth says:

    Here is yet one instance that supports the old adage that hindsight is 20 20, because had I known how much I d have enjoyed this book, I d have read it sooner I have no one to blame but myself for taking all the negative reviews so seriously For starters, there are several types of people who should not read this book because it will make them angry The biggest one is that group of folks


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