Wicked

Wicked

The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Book - 1995
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This is the book that started it all! The basis for the smash hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Gregory Maguire's breathtaking New York Times bestseller Wicked views the land of Oz, its inhabitants, its Wizard, and the Emerald City, through a darker and greener (not rosier) lens. Brilliantly inventive, Wicked offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most feared and hated characters in all of literature: the much maligned Wicked Witch of the West who, as Maguire tells us, wasn't nearly as Wicked as we imagined.

Publisher: Harper Collins, 1995.
ISBN: 9780060391447
0060391448
9780060987107
0060987103
9780061350962
9780061862311
Branch Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION MAG

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Gregory Maguire's brilliant, bestselling novel chronicles the life of the Wicked Witch of the West and raises questions about the nature of good and evil. This modern classic was adapted for the stage as a Broadway musical.

As it turns out, The Wicked Witch of the West was wildly misunderstood. Who knew?


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hyunokshin
Oct 04, 2017

This book is definitely not for younger kids (below 15), because there was some inappropriate content for kids. But, that doesn't mean this is not a good book. I am currently in the middle of it, and i like it! I have not seen the play though. Hopefully i will get to see the play!

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singasong70
Aug 11, 2017

The play must be the thing 'cause the book sure ain't. Could hardly get through it, genre keeps changing not a book for kids r/t sex especially (of course) - what else is new? MIght as well be The Poisonwood Bible for the way it handles "sprituality" issues I would say.

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Ratsarecool3
Jun 23, 2017

This book is extremely complex, with many of the elements it includes parallel to our own society. I loved every minute of it, as I did the rest of the series.

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JesseLunde
Mar 13, 2017

I loved this book so much. I like how complex it is despite the themes being more obvious. Who knows though maybe that's what makes it so great!

Gail_C Feb 13, 2017

As a foreign land is plagued by political turmoil and Animal cruelty, a misunderstood outcast fights to right the wrongs. Will she succeed, or will she just be seen as wicked?

lt_bibliosara Jan 06, 2017

I haven't watched the musical (yet!) so I don't know how it compares, but I enjoyed this book on its' own. It was heavy with political allusions, as well as major socioeconomic issues. The book was a bit dense and could be hard to understand due to the perspectives and (I repeat) heavy allusions.

The story of the Wicked Witch of the West has never been told like this. Elphaba is born a little... odd. Her life is destined to be no less extraordinary-and tragic. Elphaba starts out as the daughter of a religious zealot and an alcoholic. Most everyone who meets her is terrified of her, but it doesn't bother Elphaba. Much. She has bigger and more important things to attend to.

Join Elphaba and her companions from her birth to Dorothy's arrival to her death as you find out just who exactly is wicked, and why.

I recommend that any literary fan read this title at least once!

SaraLovesBooks Oct 12, 2016

If you love the musical, you might want to skip the book. They are completely different! Both are good, but in different ways. The book is a dark, meandering political fantasy tale, of a darker view of Oz. The prose is dense, but with a lyrical quality to it. I definitely recommend this story.

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geolatin
Jul 27, 2016

I only got halfway through, and that's because it was the only book I took on a short vacation. I don't like the characters and I don't care what happens to them.

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moschu_blue
Jan 14, 2016

I have enjoyed many of the books by this author. While they do take some time to get used to the writing style, they are a fun and often darker look into the backstory of fairy tale characters we grew up with...Cinderella, Wizard of Oz, Snow White and his newest Alice in Wonderland are just some of his unique stories. If you are expecting this book to be like the play, it's not...The play is BASED on this book, but the book is much more graphic and dark than the play. Still worth the read!

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JacquiH
Oct 29, 2014

Terrible! Do not read especially if you loved the musical it is nothing like it!

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teal_owl_0626
Sep 08, 2017

teal_owl_0626 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Ratsarecool3
Jun 23, 2017

Ratsarecool3 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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lt_bibliosara thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Ratsarecool3
Jun 23, 2017

Sexual Content: Non-explicit scenes, it tends to imply more than it describes.

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Ratsarecool3
Jun 23, 2017

Coarse Language: Some swear words, but not over the top.

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sgeluardi
Jun 19, 2011

Dark and depressing. I kept waiting for this to pull out of the spin but it's whole story seems to be based on withered dreams. The main character is hard to like or enjoy also. One moment she might be very philosophical the next she'll act like an angry child.

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LazyNeko
Apr 10, 2012

"I'm no pawn," said Glinda. "I take all the credit in the world for my own foolishness. Good gracious, dear, all of life is a spell. You know that. But you do have some choice."

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