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Ges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evilAn 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.. 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 etcPublished 2 years before Harry Potter and 4 years before Phantom Menace the influence on both series is apparent I did not love it but this was a fun book and I may read from him

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

When Dorothy Life and PDFEPUB #193 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 Wicked The eBook #8608 mysterious Witch Where did she come from How did she become so wicked And what is the true nature of evilGregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we The Life and PDF #8608 will never look at Oz the sam. Instead of my usual griping style we ll do this review in list formThings 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 towards the middle of the story and then never mentioned again How it s physically possible that Elphaba gave birth to a son but may actually not have because she doesn t remember it Maguire s explanation is that she was drugged up on sedatives for the entire pregnancy and therefore cannot tell if she actually had a kid Umlisten Greg I know you re a guy but I assure you there is no drug on this earth or on Oz that makes a woman unable to remember giving birth What the hell the Clock of the Time Dragon was and how it s able to give puppet shows revealing the Deep Dark Secrets of characters pasts Why Elphaba wanted the magic slippers so much The backstory of the Scarecrow and why he hated the Wicked Witch of the West The Tin Man and Lion are explained but I guess by the time he had to come up with a story for the Scarecrow Maguire had used up all his creative juices As a result the Scarecrow just appears with the others at the witch s castle and even Elphaba can t figure out why the hell he s thereUPDATE I didn t want to be a jerk about this but I am forced to deliver the following public service announcementATTENTION POTENTIAL COMMENTERS I appreciate the fact that you wish to take time out of your busy to day to offer explanations for some or all of the uestions I posed above HOWEVER before you do this I advise you to read through ALL THE OTHER COMMENTS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN POSTED explaining various aspects of the book that I am too stupid to grasp IF after reading every single comment you still feel that you have something really original and startling to say that has not already been pointed out a million times then please be my guest and post your comment If not please be aware that the book s many flaws have already been explained to me by dozens of people and one person telling me it s a really good book you just have to read it twenty times before you understand MaGuire s genius will not convince me to alter my one star rating in any wayThank you and have a nice day

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

E 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 The Life and Times of PDFEPUBclass 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 challen. 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 world and the real world can be united by infiltrating the mystical with hard situations realistic emotions and simple human spirit Even in the realms he creates some which are fantastical others which are rather simple and common earthly places he manages to prove that no matter where you are life happens People get jealous people feel resentments and hurt There isn t a sugarcoat and there isn t always a simple solution to everything He does not intend to create a pretty or perfect world It seems rather that he intends to take the perfect pretty worlds we are used to and turns them into something we hate recognizing about ourselves He fills his pages full of the things humans refuse to admit about themselves and in several cases he actually makes us sympathize with characters who we as children once hated It s easier to believe that there is a very blatant line between good and evil do or don t do In reality if things were so simple wouldn t human beings find less struggles I love Wicked The once negatively portrayed green ueen of evil from Oz as I liked to call her is thrown into very sad situations situations that seem so bizarre and yet she feels things the same way we all do It allowed me to look at people I had once considered enemies and see they had human nature built into them long before they became my enemies they had feelings that led them to wherever they happen to be nowMany people might not find a cut and dry moral in this book they may think it s dry or that it fails to meet the standards of The Wizard of Oz I m not afraid at all to say this darlings but we re not in Hollywood s Oz any Fact is if you properly read Baum s original Oz books Oz was a pretty morbid and cynical place Aside from names and places Wicked The Wizard of Oz movies or Baum s Oz books really don t have much to do with eachother They have their own missions Just like Elphaba and Dorothy had their own missions


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

  1. says:

    Instead of my usual griping style we'll do this review in list formThings That I Really Wish Gregory Maguire Had Bothered To Explain That Might Have Made Wicked Worth Reading Why Elphaba is green Why Elphaba can

  2. 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 uite different so I wanted to see the differenceThe biggest difference is that the show is good and the book is not I don't want to be mean to the poor author Gregory Maguire who has made a fortune and f

  3. 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 whate

  4. 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 m

  5. says:

    I’ve pretty much stopped buying lunch at my work cafeteria because no matter how often the description of the day’s entrée 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 col

  6. 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 unders

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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 c

  10. says:

    Here is yet one instance that supports the old adage that “hindsight is 2020” 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 re

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