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

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HarperCollins, Mar 2, 2004 - 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? 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 become 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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Wicked.. what a ride

User Review  - Pandemic - Borders

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip this journey took me. I remember thinking as I was reading, When does she become the Wicked witch, she seems to be the most human character. It is truely a different ... Read full review


User Review  - nslack - Overstock.com

This is a very good book. A prelude to the Wizard of Oz this book is full of fun and fantasy. This edition has pictures of the Broadway stars performing the hit musical. I had a copy and left it on a plane so I was so happy to find it on Overstock.com! Read full review

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About the author (2004)

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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