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Wicked The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

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 evilGregory 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. 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 uite different so I wanted to see the differenceThe biggest difference is that the show is good and the book is not I don t want to be mean to the poor author Gregory Maguire who has made a fortune and franchise from this book and ones like it but it s absolutely terrible It s a fantastic idea mind you but the execution is embarrassingly badOftentimes I read a book and see ways I could never be a writer the word choice the cadence the picture and world and emotions the author paints with language the distance between my ability to write a little song and oh MozartThis book however had me thinking differently It had me thinking um dude I could totally do that The characters are flat and stereotypical the plot is jumpy and contrived the dialogue is ridiculous the tone is wildly inconsistent when it tries to be funny it winks too much when it tries to be a political tale it s too obvious and I could go on and on about its badnessTake this passage for example Not only does it read like the author is framing each paragraph around a 5 word but also the construction is well a little juvenileJournalists armed with the thesaurus and apocalyptic scriptures fumbled and were defeated by it A gulfy deliuescence of deranged and harnessed air a volcano of the invisible darkly construed To the pleasure faithers with tiktok affections it was the sound of clockworks uncoling their springs and running down at a terrible speed It was the release of vengeful energy To the essentialists it seemed as if the world had suddenly found itself too crammed with life with cells splitting by the billions molecules uncoupling to annihilation atoms shuddering and juggernauting in their casings To the superstitious it was the collapsing of time It was the oozing of the ills of the world into one crepuscular muscle intent on stabbing the world to its core for once and for all To the traditionally religious it was the blitzkrieg of vengeful angel armies the awful name of the Unnamed God sounding itself at last surprise and the evaporation of all hopes for mercy One or two pretended to think it was suadrons of flying dragons overhead trained for attack breaking the sky from its moorings by the thrash of tripartite wings In the wake of the destruction it caused no one had the hubrir or courage or the prior existence to lie and claim to have known the act of terror for what it was a wind twisted up in a vortical braid In short a tornadoI mean dear god This is what trying too hard reads likeThe thing that really hurts about this book is that it s such a great IDEA It could have been really really good I think I finished it because I wanted to see if it ever got good It didn tWhat it did do however was make the Broadway show that much remarkable First of all the show changes some crucial details to make it well better and shorter but importantly it demonstrates that the musical theater folks saw something through Maguire s dreadful storytelling they saw that the crispy chocolatey center was worth exploring So they re already better musicians than me Given the arc of the Broadway show they re better writers than MaguireI put this book down when I was finished a bit disappointed in myself for persevering I picked up Rushdie s The Ground Beneath Her Feet and read the first page That first page was by itself better written than the entirety of WickedIf you have any interest in this book watch the original movie read the book then immediately go see the Broadway show with the original cast That s right the only decent way to experience this book is with time travel Good luck

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S about the nature of good and evilAn 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 literatur. This book as become increasingly popular mostly due to the success of the musical by the same name the truth is however its not very good There are many interesting and intriguing plotlines in the book and you wait for them to be clerified and expanded upon but many never are many fantastic characters are introduced and are hinted at playing an important roll later in the book doesnt happen the book doesnt even really give you the background you want on the witch it is made clear from the beginning that she has an eversion to water but you never find out why there are some vague mentions of some connection to the ocean but it is never followed through You never even get a really Good explanation to why she is green that part of the story is very uick and pretty unintersting The book is full of cool little interesting things that you swear will play a part but dont I really wish someone would take this book and expand it to its true potential the idea for the story is so cool but the ideas are just so unorganized that it was truly a let down My advice borrow the book see the musical it is completely different from the book but the story is much thought out the most disappointing part of the book for me whas the ending just awful very laim its like the author gave up and just let her melt no explanation no insight into the witch now Im being pretty harsh I should say that I loved the beginning of this book the first half even but well the last halfwhat a letdown

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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 notion. 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 story It could have really delved into the character of Darth Vader or rather Anakin Skywalker and truly made him tragicInstead of trying to fool the audience into liking Anakin by hiring cute kids and bad actors George Lucas could have created an interesting character He could have told an actual story With Wicked we get that Either a person has read the book or since we live in a culture of anti reading most likely has seen the movie Regardless of which one the Wicked Witch of the West is a pretty clear cut character She is evil She is green She is scary What Wicked does is take this evil green and scary witch and turn her into a person we can like and love And it doesn t do it in a cutesy way where we say to ourselves oh what a cute green baby She is born a freak She was not only green but she had teeth like a shark And used them Lost fingers oh boy And forget breast feeding She had a severe allergy to water Her upbringing wasn t too much better She was outcast She had to help raise and take care of her beautiful and crazily religious armless sister who would eventually become the Wicked Witch of the East She was ostracized in school Her roommate Galinda who would eventually become Glinda the good witch could barely stand her And despite all that we grow to like her She s smart as a whip She s funny and witty She s sarcastic and actually uite fun And she cares for all living creatures Can you believe that She even gets involved in a cause to help protect the capital A Animals like the Lion those that can talk who are being rounded up Nazi like by the real bad guy of the story The Wizard We see her take a lover and fall in love We see her lose her lover The progress that leads to her becoming the Wicked Witch of the West is natural and logical And even at the end crazy as she became we understand her and pity her making her that much tragic What a treasure trove George Lucas could have used to truly show us a young Anakin Skywalker How about this and I know I m pilfering from Wicked a bit What if Anakin Skywalker wasn t a cute kid What if he was born disabled What if to be mobile he needed prosthetics to begin with Oh sure we d still have that battle with Kenobi where he loses a whole lot to become that scary guy in the black suit but maybe he had to suffer his entire life being part machine That ll make Kenobi s later line of He s machine now than man even poignant And maybe he s just a little angry about having mechanical parts Maybe his first awareness of the force is through his anger Of course the beginning would be about how on his own through his own strength and integrity he overcomes the anger and the dark and chooses the light side of the force And he comes to grips with his deformity And works on his charm and personality to such a degree that he wins a princess or a ueen whatever He could even have a cause that he fights for Anakin built C3PO so why not take up for droid rights or some such After all he is part machine Why oh why George did you give us such crap It could have been possible And then we could have had a sci fi examination and analysis of the origins of evil We could have brought depth and substance to a classic space opera


About the Author: Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire is an American author whose novels are revisionist retellings of children's stories such as L Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz into Wicked He received his PhD in English and American Literature from Tufts University and his BA from the State University of New York at Albany He was a professor and co director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children'



10 thoughts on “Wicked The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

  1. says:

    Instead of my usual griping style we'll do this review in list formThings 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 club which was introduced towards the middle of the story and then never mentioned again How it's physically possible th

  2. says:

    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 s

  3. says:

    I hated this book Maybe it was because I was expecting so much with all the hype maybe because I thought the original idea

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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 looking tomatoes to impart

  6. says:

    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 books is his capability of understanding that both the

  7. says:

    I love my physical edition of this novelwhile 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 genres the novel touches Politics Religion Romance Humor Fantasy Magic Mystery and even EspionageAnd I was very tempted to select Military too but I opted

  8. says:

    Dostoyevsky meets Frank Baum This was not as much fun as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies maybe because it is revisionist than mash up parody or spoof This is actually strangely a very mature work but set in Oz and from the

  9. says:

    This book as become increasingly popular mostly due to the success of the musical by the same name the truth is however its not very good There are many interesting and intriguing plotlines in the book and you wait for them to be clerified and expanded upon but many never are many fantastic characters are introduced and are hinted at playing an important roll later in the book doesnt happen the book doesnt even really

  10. says:

    Here is yet one instance that supports the old adage that “hindsight is 2020” because had I known how much I’d have en

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