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

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

Format:  Paperback,

538 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Oct 2007

ISBN-13: 9780061350962

ISBN-10: 0061350966

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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.

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Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Oct 2007
ISBN-13: 9780061350962
ISBN-10: 0061350966
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 538
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.0 x 7.0 x 1.25

About the author

Biography of Maguire, Gregory

Gregory Maguire received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University. His work as a consultant in creative writing for children has taken him to speaking engagements across the United States and abroad. He is the author of the books Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men, which comprise his series called The Wicked Years. The Broadway play, Wicked, is based on his book of the same title. He is a founder and codirector of Children's Literature New England, Incorporated, a non-profit educational charity established in 1987. He has lived abroad in Dublin and London, and now calls Massachusetts his home.

Book description

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.

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Rated 4.7 out of 5★ by 13reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Superb book I'm about a third of the way through the book and it is wonderful. I saw the musical Wicked first and am now reading the book. The stories are similar but the book is much more gritty. Highly recommend it for a great read. 01/16/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by The unexpected! Truly, everything had brought me to believe that Wicked was a work of comedy. But I realized within the first few chapters that it was nothing like what I had expected. This was not a bad thing. It had just caught me by surprise. What's more is that I just could not put it down! It's not often I find a book that intrigues me so much that I find myself trying to look for a reason to go back to reading it again.I have always loved the Wicked Witch, so that part was a big draw for me. The life that the author has imagined for her is interesting, albeit sad. She was given dimensions we may not have otherwise ever considered of her before. She was passionate and determined and hardly what I'd grown up thinking of her all this time. In many ways, this is a good thing. This reflects real life, where you don't really KNOW someone until you bother to know them, and you can draw inaccurate conclusions about someone based on bias. In some ways, though, it makes the Witch less of the Witch we expected. For, the Witch is not as wicked as was first assumed...The author also sculpts a vision of Oz I'm not used to. Personally, I had come to think of Oz as a basic fantasy world, but one without much turmoil or complication. Maguire showed me that Oz isn't as sparkly as I had come to believe it was. It could be cruel, it could be hard. And I had never before considered there being religion of any sort in Oz. I find the author's ideas for the religions of this world to be a little on the bland side in their principle, but still interesting, because they still give the world a feeling of being real.To be fair, I sometimes feel that Maguire was pushing too hard with the religious aspects of the characters and the world. After a point, it began to feel as if the religious elements of this world and its peoples were there more for propaganda purposes than to enrich this world and make it feel more like a place your really COULD manage to get to if you flew over a rainbow. I feel that the author should have toned it down just a little. The personal conflict of the Witch in her beliefs and her insistence that she had no soul make her feel more real, but it begins to weigh her down, as well as everything else, after a point. It was good to set this into her, as to help develop motive for her, but there are times when it's just a little too thick.I loved this book. I couldn't put it down, and it has given me a broader look at an iconic character I have always admired. I feel I know her more now than I ever could before. It only made me love her that much more! 09/08/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great Book! This is a great deal for a great book! I love how the edges of the pages are green! 01/25/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by great book I must admit, I am not one for jumping on the bandwagon when something gets rave reviews. I waited a long time before comming back to this book and I must say that I wish I read it sooner. It is a great read.Easy read, done in 3 days. Story sucks you in and does not let go. 01/14/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Wicked I love this book. I haven't finished it yet, but I can't put it down. It keeps you guessing what will happen next. Also, it's not the story you think you will be reading. 01/27/2009
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Good book My order came quickly and the book was in excellent shape. Walmart always does what they say and that is the reason I never hesitate to order from them. 10/03/2013
Rated 3 out of 5★ by Not as good as the broadway musical... After hearing all the rave reviews for Wicked, I decided to read the novel before seeing the broadway musical with friends. Without spoiling the events of the book, I can only say that I enjoyed the plot of the musical much, much better than the book. This was surprising as I'm usually an advocate of books being much better than the movies inspired by them. There are so many differences between the novel and the play, and for the most part, the incidences left out or added in the play, in my opinion, were an improvement.Not a book I would read again...will probably give it away or donate it. On the plus side, I guess I was able to appreciate the differences in the play's script since I had read the book beforehand. 10/01/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great book, great Broadway play! Remember the Wizard of Oz you enjoyed as a child? This is the story of the "Bad" witch. The book was turned into a Broadway play, in it's 10th year and is now touring the country. Although the book was approximately the same price at AMAZON, I saved money by ordering from walmart.com and choosing delivery to the local store. NO SHIPPING CHARGE! Very satisfied. 11/25/2013
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