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4 – wicked
10.13.2004, 12:04 am
Filed under: fiction

Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West; a novel / Gregory Maguire.
New York : ReganBooks, 1995.
[MCL call number: FICTION MAGUIRE; 22 copies, 104 holds;
also in audio book format at MCL call number: CASSETTE Fiction MAGUIRE; five copies, four holds]

What would the story of Oz be like, if told from the point of view of the Wicked Witch of the West? Elphaba (the Witch) is indeed green skinned and seems like she’d be somewhat difficult to be around; but she is also intelligent, ethical, and actually quite charismatic. And the other people of Oz? The Wicked Witch of the East, Glinda the Good, Dorothy, the Wizard, and many more are unimaginably different than when we last met them, but they still contain the essence of the characters in the stories I read as a child. I’m not quite sure how to recommend this book, except to say that I was very quickly drawn in and found that Oz with Elphaba was much, much more fascinating than Oz with Dorothy.


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