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

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ReganBooks, 1995 - Fiction - 406 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? 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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I feel like most people who gave this book a low rating never fully read the original books by Baum. If you read the original books (and not just the first) and read more about Baum's life the Wicked ... Read full review

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User Review  - librisissimo - LibraryThing

I was not interested in the story, but it's well-written and appeals to many people, including my children (mostly because of the musical play, not because they read the book). The revisionist version ... Read full review

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