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

af 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.… (mere)
  1. 273
    The Wizard of Oz: The First Five Novels af L. Frank Baum (TuesdayNovember, lucien, sturlington)
    lucien: An obvious choice and one that's already listed. I will add that if your only exposure to the original is the film, I'd recommend this short read. There are several ideas Maguire plays with that are only in the book.
  2. 102
    A Lion Among Men af Gregory Maguire (KrazySkaterChick)
  3. 104
    Son of a Witch af Gregory Maguire (Kerian)
  4. 40
    Grendel af John Gardner (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Both are books that give you the "bad guy" take on classic tales.
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    The Book of Lost Things af John Connolly (Shuffy2)
  6. 42
    The Looking Glass Wars af Frank Beddor (joyfulgirl)
  7. 20
    The Good Thief af Hannah Tinti (mhmolinaro)
  8. 31
    Was af Geoff Ryman (jonathankws)
    jonathankws: Set more in the 'real world' this re-telling of Oz compares three protagonists: a gay male actor with AIDS, a girl called Dorothy who a fictional L. Frank Baum 'created' Oz for, and a makeup girl on the set of the original film version film who encounters Judy Garland.… (mere)
  9. 32
    A Barnstormer In Oz af Philip José Farmer (jonathankws)
    jonathankws: More affiliated to Science Fiction, this retelling focuses on Dorothy's son who returns to Oz by accident.
  10. 11
    The Librarian (Book Two: Unhappily Ever After) af Eric Hobbs (Othemts)
  11. 11
    A Nameless Witch af A. Lee Martinez (infiniteletters)
  12. 34
    Running with Scissors af Augusten Burroughs (khoov00)
    khoov00: This book seems to appeal to some with the same sense of humor as it would take to appreciate the book Wicked.
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    1984 af George Orwell (hayfa)
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Finally I finished reading the book after I postponed it for almost a year due to national exam.

My opinion is the same like almost all of the reviews here. I don't like it. I only finished the book because I don't like not finishing a book that I bought.

As I read, I really really hope the story is getting better and making a connection to the musical, but it never happened. Such a shame, this book actually has a premise of a great story. However, the author failed to turned it into what it should have become. ( )
  bellacrl | Jan 19, 2021 |
We don't really get much inside her head until near the end. ( )
  nx74defiant | Jan 5, 2021 |
Finished it with two final big pushes the last two days.

It just fizzles out as a book. I do appreciate the language and tone, but it reads more like a memoir than an actual novel or fairy tale. By that, I mean that there's not much of an overarching plot. Events happen, but Elphaba lacks agency for most of them, or attempts and fails rather quickly. None of the friendships feel very genuine, except possibly Elphaba and Boq. ( )
  kaitlynn_g | Dec 13, 2020 |
Wickedly interesting.

How I came to know and love the Wicked Witch of the West.

I wasn't sure about this book at the beginning, but then toward the middle, I really began to be interested in Elphaba's life. Why is she named Elphaba? (Emphasis on the El, not the Pha.) After Saint Aelphaba of the Waterfall, you say? Try L. Frank Baum. Clever.

(Okay, I keep editing this review because I can't spell Elphaba. That's because I listened to a good portion of it and didn't actually look at the pages as much.)

The ending was a bit weird for me. Things just started spiraling out of control. That does make perfect sense because, obviously, things really were out of control - Dorothy, Flying Monkeys, A Castle, Ruby Shoes, but - what the? I don't know what I think yet about the ending. Loose ends flying around, need tied in knots. . . .

But I had to get to the ending just to collapse on the floor and say "I'm melting. . . ." Actually, that phrase isn't even in the book but at this point, why not?

Yes, I'm moving on the next book. And going to read the original series. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
Until I listened to this audiobook, which by the way is perfectly narrated by John McDonough, I had no idea that the Wicked Witch of the West has been so misunderstood. Not a fan of The Wizard of Oz (due to my first memory being a nightmare in which the flying monkeys were after me), I had been hesitant to read or listen to this book. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

The prose is beautifully constructed, the characters are quirky and well developed, and the plot is delightfully and unexpectedly twisting and twisted. Even for those familiar with the original book and movie, multiple surprises are in store on every page. ( )
  LoriFox | Oct 24, 2020 |
Viser 1-5 af 603 (næste | vis alle)
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
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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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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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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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