Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1) by Gregory Maguire

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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1) Read Online Free - 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.

An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn't so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.

Title : Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)
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ISBN : 0060987103
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 426 pages


Madeline rated it ★☆☆☆☆

December 01, 2011

Instead of my usual griping style, we'll do this review in list form. Things That I Really Wish Gregory Maguire Had Bothered To Explain That Might Have Made Wicked Worth Reading: -Why Elphaba is green -Why Elphaba cannot touch water -The "Philosophy Club" which seemed to be some sort of bizarre sex...

David rated it ★☆☆☆☆

December 08, 2010

I have a confession: I wanted to read this book because I saw the Broadway show, and the idea of a Broadway show based on a book based on a movie based on a political satire intrigued me. I heard the book and the show were quite different, so I wanted to see the difference. The biggest difference...

Max rated it ★★★★★

June 27, 2007

From the first page, I couldn't put the book down. I loved it! And as my love for the book Wicked and the Wicked Witch of the West grew, my hatred for George Lucas grew in direct proportion. How could he have gotten it so wrong? I never pretended to like the new trilogy. It could have been a new...

Jason rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 08, 2013

I’ve pretty much stopped buying lunch at my work cafeteria because no matter how often the description of the day’s entrée induces those salivary glands into action, the end result is always terribly disappointing. The food looks like it should be good—braised beef that seems savory, fresh-lookin...

Nina rated it ★★★★★

July 24, 2007

As far as fairy tales are concerned, adults recall them to be simple moral stories of how things go wrong if you want the wrong things. As fond of them as adults may be, the stories aren't often dissected, interpreted, or believed in for much farther than that. The brilliance behind Maguire's boo...

Alejandro rated it ★★★☆☆

September 18, 2015

I love my physical edition of this novel...while the reading experience wasn't as good as always thought that it would be. MANY SHADES OF GREEN A thing that I got amazed when I started to "label" this book, in the process of my review, in my virtual shelves of Goodreads was how many different g...

Lyn rated it ★★★☆☆

August 30, 2017

Dostoyevsky meets Frank Baum. This was not as much fun as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies maybe because it is more revisionist than mash-up, parody or spoof. This is actually, strangely a very mature work but set in Oz and from the perspective of Elpheba the wicked witch. But it was amusing, ente...

Beth F. rated it ★★★★☆

December 16, 2008

Here is yet one more instance that supports the old adage that “hindsight is 20/20,” because had I known how much I’d have enjoyed this book, I’d have read it sooner. I have no one to blame but myself for taking all the negative reviews so seriously. For starters, there are several types of peopl...

Simona rated it ★★☆☆☆

March 24, 2016

GREEN EDGES. Is it normal that it makes me so excited? One week later. Maybe the green edges set too high expectations. I may or may or may not have skimmed through he last 150 pages (out of 520). And now I really don't know what to say about this. The writing is very rich, substanstial, and ther sto...

Polly rated it ★☆☆☆☆

July 18, 2008

I’ve been trying to get through this book since last summer, and THANK GOD ON HIGH I finally finished it last night. Given that Wicked was popular with both critics and lay people, AND the fact that there’s a wildly successful stage play associated with it, I figured this book couldn’t possibly d...

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