Sunday, March 28, 2010

Gregory Maguire; Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 1 edition (September 27, 1996)


An 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, Wicked just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.

My Review

  Books are on FIRE lately. Maybe after my slump a few weeks ago I have taken on a brighter side. This book was brillant!  The writing just moved fluidly. Leaving an enchanting tale that I plan to cherish.
    Elphaba's life is not what it seems or even what we would have thought it to be. It seems one mistake after another leads her on a journey. Her poor sister Nessarose had a unfortunate accident in which a house landed on her only to lead her death. You really felt like you had a grasp on what the characters were really like. 
    Elphaba was not what you thought. She was so misunderstood you actually feel for her. She's even a freedom fighter. Imagine that! Could you imagine never knowing if you really had a child or not? Me either!! Crazy things seem to happen. Yet they fit in so well with the book. This book was so exciting all the way to the last word written. Bravo on this book.  

   I have read a few of Gregory Maguire books. My reviews on those soon to come.  

         Man it's was a GREAT vacation. I got a ton of reading in! (vacation was in Feb)

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Cate said...

It's really funny that you post this now, because I just found my copy of the Wicked soundtrack yesterday, and have been listening to it ever since. :) I'll definitely pick this one up; thanks for the great review!!

Shy said...

I've meant to pick up this book few weeks ago but have heard multiple bad reviews on it. Perhaps this is the kind of book that works for some people but not with the other group. Think I should give it a shot and see it myself! I do love the cover of this book though. Looks absolutely amazing =) Which book by Maguire you like most, by the way??

Amy said...

I LOVED this book, so glad to see that you did as well! Have you seen the musical? It is so different from the book. Cate, I will be interested to know what you think of the book if you have seen the musical.

I'm also interested to see your reviews of Maguire's other books, I have to admit that this one was definitely my favorite of his works.

Book Crazy Jenn said...

Aubrey soo wants to go see this show, and I just got the book so I could read it...she's desperate for me to so that she can - I was told it's for older kids - and so I want to read it so we can talk about it, and I can be sure she can handle it.

Awesome review, I think I need to read this one ASAP!

Amy said...

@Book Crazy Jenn I saw the show in London but it was definitely all ages friendly. The book and show are quite different, I hope no one minds me saying that!

Milli said...

I've been wanting to read this book for ages now! I'm so glad you thought it was good, because I've heard a lot of a bad reviews about this book.


Nina said...

Wicked sounds like a magical sweet book. I want to read it too and understand the wicked witch.. I hope my library has this one.

Lily Child said...

I am glad you enjoyed it. I wasn't able to make it through the book. It would get really interesting and then lag, repetitively. I finally just threw the towel in. I know that many people just love it, though. It's good to read from a perspective different than mine. :)

Juju at Tales of said...

O I have been wanting to read this (and see the show) for ages. Great review :)

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I like Maguire's books - don't love them - and I'm always impressed with his imagination and the wonderful new twists and angles he puts on an old story. He's very clever and the writing is solid. Great review!

GMR said...

Enjoyed the review! I have this book in my TBR mountain (yep, somewhere in there) but haven't had a chance to read it as of yet. I am looking forward to it though as I hear it's suppose to be brillant and totally different than the Wizard of Oz version we've come to know. Thanks for shedding a little more light on it! Glad to hear you enjoyed your reading vacation. ^_^