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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1 . Wicked fun!
Posted June 24, 2013 by Steve the PhD , Santa FeHaving read the original Baum classic, i did not know what to expect. This tale was a great take from the Wicked Witch perspective. It teaches us that there are always multiple views of any event. Give credit to Maguire for a new vision. By the way, I have never seen the play, so my review is based solely on the book.
2 . AMAZING!!!
Posted November 30, 2011 by Samantha Renee , Middletown, DeThis book was amazing, I loved it. It was an incredible twist on the Wizard Of Oz story and I now refuse to watch that movie because I love this book so much. Although It does get a little graphic with some of the sex scenes, so i wouldn't suggest it unless your 15 years old (which is still a little iffy) or older, it is still an amazing story.
It never had any slow parts and was very fast paced. It always left me on the edge of my seat, wanting to know what was going to happen next. I finished the book in about 11 hours, staying up all night just to keep reading it. I swear the only time I ever put it down was when I had to use the bathroom, and even then i was rushing to pee so that i could get back to the story. Thats how captivating it was. I would deffinatly recommend this book to all of my friends and to everyone I know. Again I say AMAZING!!!!
P.S. - If you've seen the play and are expecting it to be like that, its not. The play was hardly like the book. For example, (SPOILER ALERT) how fierro and elphaba live happily ever after together, cause they don't.
3 . Strangest read, but a good one!
Posted April 11, 2011 by Jenn , HamiltonThis book gave me the weirdest dreams I've had in a long time, but it was definitely a good read. For children or teens? No, I wouldn't. But for an adult that wants to read something very different that puts a twist on an old story, for sure!!! It makes you root for what we know to be the "bad guy" and makes you lend your heart to the ugly.
4 . couldnt put it down!
Posted January 23, 2011 by patty , floridaI loved his book, sheds a new light on Dorothy for sure.
5 . This book is not for kids
Posted November 18, 2010 by Luv2read , mesaLots of people want to read this book because of the play. But the play is loosly based on the book. The book contains many adult themes in graphic detail. I loved the play but do not feel like this book should be listed in the childrens/young adult section.
6 . overly discriptive
Posted July 14, 2010 by Vicki M , Oregon, OhAlthough I loved the play, I found the book hard to read. When I found out I was going to see the play, I wanted to read the book so I had an idea about what I was going to see. However the book tended to be overly discriptive and the "made up" words with the places and such made it hard to read. I finished it, but only because I was determined to understand the story before I saw the play. Others I know gave up and just waited to see the play. I was glad the library had this book for my reader, because I know I wouldn't read it again. Maybe I'll try "Son of a Witch",,maybe!
7 . This book is amazing
Posted July 08, 2010 by Kortni , DaytonI had heard the music from Wicked, the musical, and when I found out that it was a book, I HAD to find it and read it. I find it absolutely amazing and awesome that the author delvs into the world BEFORE Dorothy showed up. The fact that we get a look into Elphaba's past at Shiz, and learn that she and Glinda were best friends through college really got to me. I'm a HUGE fan, and actually found myself crying at certain parts in the book. Amazing story, a definate MUST READ for everyone.
8 . Amazing Imagination
Posted January 12, 2007 by greg.bayer , Los AngelesI've always been a much bigger fan of "The Wiz" than the "Wizard of Oz" so I was pretty reluctant to read this in the event that it was like the film/book, but Maguire really takes you for a wild turn adding themes like sibling rivalry, jealousy, sex, manipulation into the events which lead up to where the real Wizard of Oz begins.
It's amazing imagination and character development, making Elphaba (the Wicked Witch) the perfect anti-hero, and having you actually hope she smacks around Dorothy, whom she meets at the very end of the book.
A great read for Fantasy fans, looking forward to Son of a Witch.
November 28, 2000
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Excerpt from Wicked by Gregory Maguire
From the crumpled bed the wife said, "I think today's the day. Look how low I've gone."
"Today That would be like you, perverse and inconvenient," said her husband, teasing her, standing at the doorway and looking outward, over the lake, the fields, the forested slopes beyond. He could just make out the chimneys of Rush Margins, breakfast fires smoking. "The worst possible moment for my ministry. Naturally."
The wife yawned. "There's not a lot of choice involved. From what I hear. Your body gets this big and it takes over--if you can't accommodate it, sweetheart, you just get out of its way. It's on a track of its own and nothing stops it now." She pushed herself up, trying to see over the rise of her belly. "I feel like a hostage to myself. Or to the baby."
"Exert some self-control." He came to her side and helped her sit up. "Think of it as a spiritual exercise. Custody of the senses. Bodily as well as ethical continence."
"Self-control " She laughed, inching toward the edge of the bed. "I have no self left. I'm only a host for the parasite. Where's my self, anyway Where'd I leave that tired old thing "
"Think of me." His tone had changed; he meant this.
"Frex"--she headed him off--"when the volcano's ready there's no priest in the world can pray it quiet."
"What will my fellow ministers think "
"They'll get together and say, 'Brother Frexspar, did you allow your wife to deliver your first child when you had a community problem to solve How inconsiderate of you; it shows a lack of authority. You're fired from the position.'" She was ribbing him now, for there was no one to fire him. The nearest bishop was too distant to pay attention to the particulars of a unionist cleric in the hinterland.
"It's just such terrible timing."
"I do think you bear half the blame for the timing," she said. "I mean, after all, Frex."
"That's how the thinking goes, but I wonder,"
"You wonder " She laughed, her head going far back. The line from her ear to the hollow below her throat reminded Frex of an elegant silver ladle. Even in morning disarray, with a belly like a scow, she was majestically good-looking. Her hair had the bright lacquered look of wet fallen oak leaves in sunlight. He blamed her for being born to privilege and admired her efforts to overcome it--and all the while he loved her, too.
"You mean you wonder if you're the father"--she grabbed the bedstead; Frex took hold of her other arm and hauled her half-upright--"or do you question the fatherliness of men in general " She stood, mammoth, an ambulatory island. Moving out the door at a slug's pace, she laughed at such an idea. He could hear her laughing from the outhouse even as he began to dress for the day's battle.
Frex combed his beard and oiled his scalp. He fastened a clasp of bone and rawhide at the nape of his neck, to keep the hair out of his face, because his expressions today had to be readable from a distance: There could be no fuzziness to his meaning. He applied some coal dust to darken his eyebrows, a smear of red wax on his flat cheeks. He shaded his lips, A handsome priest attracted more penitents than a homely one.
In the kitchen yard Melena floated gently, not with the normal gravity of pregnancy but as if inflated, a huge balloon trailing its strings through the dirt. She carried a skillet in one hand and a few eggs and the whiskery tips of autumn chives in the other. She sang to herself, but only in short phrases. Frex wasn't meant to hear her.
His sober gown buttoned tight to the collar, his sandals strapped on over leggings, Frex took from its hiding place--beneath a chest of drawers--the report sent to him from his fellow minister over in the village of Three Dead Trees. He hid the brown pages within his sash. He had been keeping them from his wife, afraid that she would want to come along--to see the fun, if it was amusing, or to suffer the thrill of it if it was terrifying.