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

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Demco Media, 2000 - Fiction - 409 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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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

My work book club read this for November 2007. There are 5 of us in the club and three didn't like this book. I was one of the 2 that did. I read all the Oz books as a child. However, I never thought ... Read full review

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User Review  - ainjel - LibraryThing

I liked this book, but the musical is so much better. There, I said it. I get that the book is more of an analysis of evil than the musical, but I found that the musical ties everything together in a ... Read full review

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