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

di Gregory Maguire

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This re-creation of the land of Oz, tells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn't so wicked after all. Past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Wicked just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.… (altro)
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Hated the book. Read it first. LOVED the show. Should have skipped the book. ( )
  Jen-Lynn | Aug 1, 2022 |
Finished Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Greory Maguire. I enjoyed Wicked. I have been reading through the original 14 Oz books, and I really appreciated all of the allusions Maguire made to details from the books beyond The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I also enjoyed how the events in the book, while being dramatically different in spirit from the original books, plausibly fit into with the facts given in the Oz books (and where there are inconsistencies, they are no worse than the internal inconsistencies within those books).

That said, I came away from the book feeling somewhat "meh". When I read fiction, I have a hard time really getting into books where I cannot find a main character to like. While Maguire made Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, a sympathetic character, he did not make her a likable one (intentionally, I believe). Thus, while I found the book fascinating, it never really made it into my heart. ( )
  eri_kars | Jul 10, 2022 |
I absolutely adore this book. Reading it the second time was even better than the first. My heart breaks for Elphaba, and everything in life she endures. I love how it makes me think about the nature of good and evil, whether evil is inherent or the product of circumstances. ( )
  liannecollins | Jun 10, 2022 |
Love this version on Wizard of Oz. ( )
  KyleneJones | Apr 25, 2022 |
I got this in 4th grade (looking back it was highly inappropriate for a 9 year old) and couldn't really get into it for obvious reasons. Finally tackled it during a giant snowstorm in 7th grade. ( )
  roseandisabella | Mar 18, 2022 |
Although Mr. Maguire demonstrates a knack for conjuring up bizarre adventures for Elphie and introducing her to an eccentric cast of creatures (though nowhere near as enchanting as the many creatures Baum invented in his multiple sequels to "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"), his insistence on politicizing Oz and injecting it with a heavy dose of moral relativism turns a wonderfully spontaneous world of fantasy into a lugubrious allegorical realm, in which everything and everyone is labeled with a topical name tag.
 
With a husky voice and a gentle, dramatic manner that will call to mind the image of a patient grandfather reading to an excited gaggle of children, McDonough leisurely narrates this fantastical tale of good and evil, of choice and responsibility. In Maguire's Oz, Elphaba, better known as the Wicked Witch of the West, is not wicked; nor is she a formally schooled witch. Instead, she's an insecure, unfortunately green Munchkinlander who's willing to take radical steps to unseat the tyrannical Wizard of Oz. Using an appropriately brusque voice for the always blunt Elphaba, McDonough relates her tumultuous childhood (spent with an alcoholic mother and a minister father) and eye-opening school years (when she befriends her roommate, Glinda). McDonough's pacing remains frustratingly slow even after the plot picks up, and Elphaba's protracted ruminations on the nature of evil will have some listeners longing for an abridgement. Still, McDonough's excellent portrayals of Elphaba's outspoken, gravel-voiced nanny and Glinda's snobbish friends make this excursion to Oz worthwhile
aggiunto da kthomp25 | modificaPublisher's Weekly
 

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Gregory Maguireautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Avirom, JoelProgetto della copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Smith, DouglasIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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'Tis very strange Men should be so fond of being thought wickeder than they are. -Daniel Defoe, A System of Magick
In historical events great men--so called--are but the labels that serve to give a name to an event, and like labels, they have the last possible connection with the event itself. Every action of theirs, that seems to them an act of their own free will, is in an historical sense not free at all, but in bondage to the whole course of previous history, and predestined from all eternity. -Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi, War and Peace
"Well," Said the head, "I will give you your answer. You have no right to expect me to send you back to Kansas unless you do something for me in return. In this country everyone must pay for everything he gets. If you wish me to use my magic power to send you home again you must do something for me first. Help me and I will help you." "What must I do?" asked the girl. "Kill the wicked Witch of the West," answered Oz. -L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
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This book is for Betty Levin and for all those who
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A mile above Oz, the Witch balanced on the wind's forward edge, as if she were a green fleck of the land itself, flung up and sent wheeling away by the turbulent air.
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"Maybe the definition of home is the place where you are never forgiven, so you may always belong there, bound by guilt. And maybe the cost of belonging is worth it."
"Ah, we're slow learners, Nanny countered. But they can't learn at all" (p.12).
"You're not so bold at all," said Elphaba, "you're about as bold as tea made from used leaves" (p.129)
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ISBN 0349117993 is for A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve.
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This re-creation of the land of Oz, tells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn't so wicked after all. Past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Wicked just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.

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