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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Harper Fiction)

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This is the book that started it all! The basis for the smash hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Gregory Maguire's breathtaking New York Times bestseller Wicked views the land of Oz, its inhabitants, its Wizard, and the Emerald City, through a darker and greener (not rosier) lens. Brilliantly inventive, Wicked offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most feared and hated characters in all of literature: the much maligned Wicked Witch of the West who, as Maguire tells us, wasnt nearly as Wicked as we imagined.

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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 be 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.

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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Eric Watson, March 20, 2015 (view all comments by Eric Watson)
I was originally reluctant to read this book due to all of the hype surrounding Wicked, but it's truly an amazing story. The Wicked Witch's backstory is beatuifully crafted and brings wonderful depth to the Wizard of Oz universe. Often overlooked, I believe, are the themes within the book pertaining to animal rights. The story directly explores some of the issues of speciesism, which I think helps to emphasis the related, but much more commonly discussed, theme of "otherness".
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faob, June 12, 2010 (view all comments by faob)
This story reminds me to look deeper into my felow man and ask why they treat me the way that they do-not simply assume they are good or bad. It helps people understand that behind every face is a person, a life that has had it's share of hardship. It helps me love those I wish I wouldn't.
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DeanLC7, January 17, 2010 (view all comments by DeanLC7)
I thought this was an excellent book that reminded us that there is always more than one side to a story. To quote Kermit, "It's not easy being green." Maguire has a unique writing style that draws you into the book and reminds you that it's about what is different, not what you're familiar with.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061350962
Author:
Maguire, Gregory
Publisher:
HarperTorch
Illustrator:
Smith, Douglas
Author:
by Gregory Maguire
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Witches
Subject:
Oz (Imaginary place)
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Series:
Wicked Years
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, Y
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
6.86x4.16x1.19 in. .61 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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 be 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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