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

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Harper Collins, Sep 29, 2009 - Fiction - 432 pages
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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?

Gregory Maguire has created a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again.


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I loved the premise and basic storyline of this book. - Goodreads
There wasn't a lot of context or character development. - Goodreads
Elphaba is wonderful, the writing is magical... - Goodreads
Great storytelling, now I have to see the musical! - Goodreads
The synopsis seemed interesting, as was the cover art. - Borders
The ending left me empty (not hungry for more). - Goodreads

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User Review  - jimocracy - LibraryThing

This book started well and ended well. I'm not sure if it was a coincidence or by design but I felt I could really relate to Elphaba and I was definitely rooting for her (wicked witch or not). At some ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kristelh - LibraryThing

I need to think about this one. It is an adult fairy tale, kind of a prequel to The Wizard of Oz and really is a look at or essay on good and evil. It is political, social commentary and religious ... Read full review

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Gregory Maguire's bestselling novels include Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and the first three books of the Wicked Years: Wicked, the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. Maguire lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

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