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Wicked :  The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West - Gregory Maguire

Wicked

The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

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This is the book that started it all! The basis for the smash hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Gregory Maguire's breathtaking New York Times bestseller Wicked views the land of Oz, its inhabitants, its Wizard, and the Emerald City, through a darker and greener (not rosier) lens.

Brilliantly inventive, Wicked offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most feared and hated characters in all of literature: the much maligned Wicked Witch of the West who, as Maguire tells us, wasn’t nearly as Wicked as we imagined.

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.

About the Author :

Gregory Maguire is the bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. Wicked, now a beloved classic, is the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

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Irresistable - fantastic read

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  • Compelling Characters
  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Original Story
  • Takes You To Another World
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about Wicked:

    Gregory Maguire is a master. He has successfully included politics, romance and fantasy to create a deeply intriguing novel. But what mostly had me turning the pages was the way that elphaba (wicked witch of the west) was portrayed - as misunderstood. I found that fascinating that an author could turn such an evil character into one that you feel sorry for. In the novel all the characters come back but in a different light which really makes you question you preconceived knowledge about the original film or book, The Wizard of Oz. All together it is a fantastic read that will keep you hooked.

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    Gregory Maguire

    Gregory Maguire is the author of several best-selling adult novels, including Wicked, which was turned into a Broadway musical. His books for younger readers include the picture book Crabby Cratchitt, the novel The Good Liar, and the popular Hamlet Chronicles series. While writing Leaping Beauty, Mr. Maguire sadly became allergic to all creatures great and small. Now he lives in a house without pets, though he is the father of three happy, noisy small children to whom, at this writing, he has not yet developed allergies.

    Visit Gregory Maguire's Booktopia Author Page


    ISBN: 9780061350962
    ISBN-10: 0061350966
    Series: The Wicked Years
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 560
    Published: February 2008
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 17.1 x 10.6  x 2.9
    Weight (kg): 0.28