Saturday, January 29, 2011

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Title: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years #1)( (Amazon)
Author: Gregory Maguire
Publisher: Regan Books
Release Date: 2000
Pages: 406
Genre: Fiction

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. (

Kim's take - 

This was an excellent book. One that is worthy of reading more than once. It follows Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, from the time she is born, which was an event in and of itself. You get a glimpse into how the land of Oz operates and even into the great Oz himself. You get to read how Elphaba gets acquainted with Glinda (the good witch) as schoolmates and how Elphaba’s sister, Nessarose, comes to be the Wicked Witch of the East. There were a lot times when I was pulling for Elphaba! This is a must read book and it is very apparent why a play was created based on the story. I will definitely be checking the sequels out and other books from this author.

Kim's rating - 5/5

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