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

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Harper Collins, Sep 27, 1996 - Fiction - 432 pages

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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User Review  - andycyca - LibraryThing

Yes, I saw the musical first and they can't be compared. I enjoyed the overall history, the journey through Elphaba's life is certainly difficult and she, as everyone else, can never fully understand ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joe73 - LibraryThing

It get's tiring when writers and screenwriters do everything they can to justify why a villain is a villain. Interesting take but I like my baddies bad. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Gregory Maguire's bestselling novels include Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and the first three books of the Wicked Years: Wicked, the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. Maguire lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

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