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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 evilGregory 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. 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

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

S 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 literatur. 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

Gregory Maguire ã 8 REVIEW

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 become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West a smart prickly and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notion. 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 my hatred for George Lucas grew in direct proportion How could he have gotten it so wrong I never pretended to like the new trilogy It could have been a new story It could have really delved into the character of Darth Vader or rather Anakin Skywalker and truly made him tragicInstead of trying to fool the audience into liking Anakin by hiring cute kids and bad actors George Lucas could have created an interesting character He could have told an actual story With Wicked we get that Either a person has read the book or since we live in a culture of anti reading most likely has seen the movie Regardless of which one the Wicked Witch of the West is a pretty clear cut character She is evil She is green She is scary What Wicked does is take this evil green and scary witch and turn her into a person we can like and love And it doesn t do it in a cutesy way where we say to ourselves oh what a cute green baby She is born a freak She was not only green but she had teeth like a shark And used them Lost fingers oh boy And forget breast feeding She had a severe allergy to water Her upbringing wasn t too much better She was outcast She had to help raise and take care of her beautiful and crazily religious armless sister who would eventually become the Wicked Witch of the East She was ostracized in school Her roommate Galinda who would eventually become Glinda the good witch could barely stand her And despite all that we grow to like her She s smart as a whip She s funny and witty She s sarcastic and actually uite fun And she cares for all living creatures Can you believe that She even gets involved in a cause to help protect the capital A Animals like the Lion those that can talk who are being rounded up Nazi like by the real bad guy of the story The Wizard We see her take a lover and fall in love We see her lose her lover The progress that leads to her becoming the Wicked Witch of the West is natural and logical And even at the end crazy as she became we understand her and pity her making her that much tragic What a treasure trove George Lucas could have used to truly show us a young Anakin Skywalker How about this and I know I m pilfering from Wicked a bit What if Anakin Skywalker wasn t a cute kid What if he was born disabled What if to be mobile he needed prosthetics to begin with Oh sure we d still have that battle with Kenobi where he loses a whole lot to become that scary guy in the black suit but maybe he had to suffer his entire life being part machine That ll make Kenobi s later line of He s machine now than man even poignant And maybe he s just a little angry about having mechanical parts Maybe his first awareness of the force is through his anger Of course the beginning would be about how on his own through his own strength and integrity he overcomes the anger and the dark and chooses the light side of the force And he comes to grips with his deformity And works on his charm and personality to such a degree that he wins a princess or a ueen whatever He could even have a cause that he fights for Anakin built C3PO so why not take up for droid rights or some such After all he is part machine Why oh why George did you give us such crap It could have been possible And then we could have had a sci fi examination and analysis of the origins of evil We could have brought depth and substance to a classic space opera


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 B

  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

  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 whatever End result I freaking hated this book This is a book that makes you want to sit down and re write it yourself because it is such a shame that such a great idea was so mishandled I loved the idea of delving into the witches and their past and seeing them from a diffe

  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 th

  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 f

  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 understanding that both the fantasy world and the real world can be united by infiltrating the mystical with

  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 shelves of Goodreads was how many different genres the novel touches P

  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 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

  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 clerified and expanded upon but many never are many fantastic characters are introduced and are hinted at playing an important roll later in the book doesnt happen the book doesnt even really give you the backgro

  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