October 8

Wicked

Posted by lori . 2 Comments

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I love a re-imagined telling of a well-loved story.  When it’s done well, it is magical.  Wicked tells the story of Oz before Dorothy came on the scene.  Elphaba, who eventually becomes known as the Wicked Witch of the West, is a free-spirited, inquisitive girl who is often rejected because of her unusual looks.  Born in a fantastical land, she finds a sense of purpose when she seeks to stop the politically corrupt Wizard of Oz and restore harmony and prosperity to Oz.  Gregory Maguire has created a complex and imaginative world and story.  I came away from this book reminded that every story has two sides, and that history is written by the victor.  This is the other side of the story of Oz.

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2 Responses to " Wicked"

  • houndstooth says:

    I really liked this book, although it was a difficult read for me. Have you read the sequels that he wrote? I’ve enjoyed several of his other books that didn’t have to do with Oz, too. He does an incredible job of blending history with fairy tales!

    Funny you mention this book too, because I’m going to see the musical in a week or so! I’m really excited to see it!

    • lori says:

      I’m a little jealous, although I shouldn’t be because I had plenty of time to see it when it was playing in Chicago…just didn’t do it. I have not read the sequels. The only other book of his that I read was Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. I need to read more of his books.


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