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

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Mass Market Paperbound, HarperCollins Publishers, 2007, ISBN13 9780061350962, ISBN10 0061350966
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Mass Market Paperbound, HarperCollins Publishers, 2007, ISBN13 9780061350962, ISBN10 0061350966

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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Number of Pages: 538
Number in Series: 1
Original Languages: English
Author: Maguire, Gregory
Primary Shelf ID: 584297
Publisher: Harpercollins
Publication Date: October, 2007
ISBN-13: 9780061350962
Digital Video Formats: Paperback
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 4.00 x 7.00 x 1.25 Inches
ISBN-10: 0061350966
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great book
1/14/2009

Customer review by PsychProfessor

5.0 stars 1/14/2009 by PsychProfessor
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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.

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Great Book!
1/25/2008

Customer review by LeslieShopsALot

5.0 stars 1/25/2008 by LeslieShopsALot
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This is a great deal for a great book! I love how the edges of the pages are green!

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LeslieShopsALot
Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Age:18 - 24
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The unexpected!
9/8/2011

Customer review by wickedsquitty

5.0 stars 9/8/2011 by wickedsquitty
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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!

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wickedsquitty
Twin Cities, MN
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Superb book
1/16/2011

Customer review by RPEurope

5.0 stars 1/16/2011 by RPEurope
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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.

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Good book, bad sizing
4/8/2016

Customer review by Dv10

3.0 stars 4/8/2016 by Dv10
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I was a little upset when I got the book in. It's smaller than what I thought and the print is really really tiny.

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