Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
Date Read: 2009
Genre: General Fiction
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.
Series: The Wicked Years #1
Wicked by Gregory Maguire: I was not a big fan of this book and really wanted to like it. It was however a bit to political for me. The characters were not as flushed out as I would have liked and the story drug a bit.
Author Website: http://www.gregorymaguire.com/