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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years) Paperback – September 29, 2009
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From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror; and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz. Now a beloved classic, Wicked is the basis for a blockbuster Tony Award–winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.
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Its very thin charms escape me, I fear. None of the characters were likable, and I wouldn't want to spend ten minutes with them, let alone the hours it takes to read this book. Deleting this from my Kindle with relief.
I subbed for a week and read this while I sat in class and I'm disgusted with the fact I got paid to sit there and read that book because the book is really THAT BAD. I should've made smarter choices and taken something better to read.
Anyway, Maguire can't figure out what he wants this book to be, except for maybe dark. He hit dark well. But its also confusing because there's so many threads to follow and NO PAYOFF.
I guess you could read it as Elphaba having no follow through with the projects in her life but really it reads as the author having no clue what direction he wanted the story to go in. Is he an animal rights activist? Does he protest against racial inequality? Or is he just pro one-dimensional characters?
I read another one of his books as a sophomore in high school and I don't remember it being this bad. I might have to reread that one as well to see if it was also a burning effigy of hatred towards good literature.
In short, like I've said already. Don't read this book. Don't even read it ironically or read it thinking you might be able to get something really super deep out of it that no one else has. Because believe me, I tried myself to dig for deeper meaning and I scoured the internet for it and came up empty. Its just nothing.
What is so mature about it? Some of the sexual information in it is very mature. And yes, there are a few four-letter words.
When I first started reading it, I took to Facebook and to Twitter and asked, does it get better? It starts off very slowly. In fact, the first part that focuses on the childhood of Elphaba drags on like my cat when I tried to teach her how to walk on a leash (this was in my childhood).
If you're picking up this book and thinking it's a light, easy read, put it back down. It's full of references to the Holocaust. Religion and political issues are at the forefront.
Did I like it? I am not sure. There were some great parts but there was also quite a bit of tedium. I think if you enjoy fantasy in general, you will really like this book. I'm not into it the way that I used to be.