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".
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.
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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KahAngel, January 29, 2009 (view all comments by KahAngel)
Love, love, LOVE! This book, excellent! You may have to read it two or three times to really grasp the whole book and concepts. But it's more then worth it! Highly recommend this book to all! It's also nice to be able to flip back to the map at the beginning of this book as you make your way through this tale.
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by Harper Collins,
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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