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

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

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

REVIEW Ð TALKLOBBY.CO.UK ☆ Gregory Maguire

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. 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 that Elphaba gave birth to a son but may actually not have because she doesn t remember it Maguire s explanation is that she was drugged up on sedatives for the entire pregnancy and therefore cannot tell if she actually had a kid Umlisten Greg I know you re a guy but I assure you there is no drug on this earth or on Oz that makes a woman unable to remember giving birth What the hell the Clock of the Time Dragon was and how it s able to give puppet shows revealing the Deep Dark Secrets of characters pasts Why Elphaba wanted the magic slippers so much The backstory of the Scarecrow and why he hated the Wicked Witch of the West The Tin Man and Lion are explained but I guess by the time he had to come up with a story for the Scarecrow Maguire had used up all his creative juices As a result the Scarecrow just appears with the others at the witch s castle and even Elphaba can t figure out why the hell he s thereUPDATE I didn t want to be a jerk about this but I am forced to deliver the following public service announcementATTENTION POTENTIAL COMMENTERS I appreciate the fact that you wish to take time out of your busy to day to offer explanations for some or all of the uestions I posed above HOWEVER before you do this I advise you to read through ALL THE OTHER COMMENTS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN POSTED explaining various aspects of the book that I am too stupid to grasp IF after reading every single comment you still feel that you have something really original and startling to say that has not already been pointed out a million times then please be my guest and post your comment If not please be aware that the book s many flaws have already been explained to me by dozens of people and one person telling me it s a really good book you just have to read it twenty times before you understand MaGuire s genius will not convince me to alter my one star rating in any wayThank you and have a nice day

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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. 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 notAnd certainly the mood and themes of the story embraces all those genres and maybe I knew about this book series some years ago while I was researching about the topic of Oz in general and since then I thought that it could be good to read it LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT FOR A BOOK S EDITION Some months ago 2013 by chance I found this edition in a shelf of a local bookstore I recognized the title of the book and I took it by impulse The cover was gorgeous with the poster of the musical version BUT what stunned me was the detail that this particular edition has the edges of the pages colored in greenGREENAh Honestly I can t think in something cooler to make irresistible this editionThose marvelous green edges on the pages of the book sold me the novel right away and I couldn t took back the book on the shelf Thanks goodness the wicked magic of the credit card allowed me to go out of the bookstore with the novel THIS IS NOT KANSAS Certainly when I started to read the book I knew that I wasn t in Kansas any Geez The Cowardly Lion and the Tin Woodman kiss their mothers with those filthy mouths The introduction of the book is like a slap to the readers to make them understand uick and hard that this is indeed an adult bookYou know I am not a prude not in the least but I think that Maguire made a hard effort to make sure that this will be an adult novel since I think that many of the issues touched here could work just the same without the need of some big words and sex scenes while the drugs had to stay hehehe since indeed here the drugs played an important purpose on key momentsIt was like well since we have sex drugs and rock n roll well no no rock n roll really not even on the musical version this is a story for only we the adults sorry kids you will have to keep busy with the Baum s cute books meanwhile you grow up some yearsWell CS Lewis said that any children s tale that it can t be enjoyed by adults just the same it s a poor children s taleSo facts of life first kids aren t dumb they can understand heavy topics even the new generations that grow up with internet as nanny and second adults don t need sex drugs and r you got it to enjoy an intelligent story IT S NOT EASY TO BE GREEN Since this is a really smart tale but maybe I had some expectations that affect my final rating of the bookFirst there are really big jumps between the chapters and while there some unexpected turns and twists that one can think that it s something good but some of those twists were ah With him Really Geez And romance left the building Later I really expected an explanation of how a person can turn to be evil or be seen as evil but Elphaba turned out to be wicked not as evil but as crazy and for reasons really odd Also since the beginning there is something that I don t understand Elphaba born with green skin okay HERE in our beloved Kansas and the rest of the Earth around it could be a real trouble but hey they aren t in Kansas any that s Oz a land where animals can talk and people can do magic How odd really can be a person with green skin over there Honestly I could be freak out for a talking goat or lion than watching a person with green skin Also the green skin resulted an odd issue again at some point you see Elphaba is in hiding but hey she is walking around the city how good can be in hiding for several years if she is supposed to be the only woman with green skin in all Oz What The Gale Force recluted colorblind people Geez Also I have my theories about the physical problem of Nessarose Elphaba s sister but since it wasn t approached beyond of being just a birth defect I don t see the point of her problem Even I think that the story was evolving uite fine until Maguire tried to put together his own story with the original story when Dorothy arrives to Oz WICKED READING Besides all my complaints the book is still a smart vessel to touch sensitive topics of politics religion and social interaction without worrying to be subjected to harsh critiue since he smartly uses characters and themes in Oz and you have to deduce those allegories on your own and at the end they will be your own ideas and not necessarily what the author wanted to sayHowever the book lacks of some action all stuff happened in a very appeased tempo Nevertheless I want to try in the future the other books by Maguire on this Wicked series and his other stand alone novels based on retellings of classic children s books

  • Paperback
  • 406
  • Wicked The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  • Gregory Maguire
  • English
  • 05 December 2019
  • 9780060987107

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

  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 show were uite different so I want

  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 was so great whatever End result I freaking hated this book This is a book that makes you want to sit down and re write it yourself because it is such a shame that such a great idea was so mishandled I loved the idea of delving into the witches and their past and seeing them from a different view p

  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 so wrong? I never

  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 a robust flavor colorf

  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 MAN

  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 perspective of Elpheba the wicked witch But it was amusing entertaining thought provoking head scratching etc etcPublished 2 years before Harry Potter and 4 years before Phantom Menace the influence on both series is app

  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 cle

  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 enjoyed this book I’d have read it sooner I have no one to blame but myself for taking all the negative reviews so seriously For starters there are several types of people who should not read this book becaus

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