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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (utgåvan 2000)

av Gregory Maguire (Författare)

Serier: The Wicked Years (1)

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This re-creation of the land of Oz, tells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn't so wicked after all. 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.… (mer)
Medlem:bellenuit
Titel:Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
Författare:Gregory Maguire (Författare)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2000), 448 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West av Gregory Maguire

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I guess my fatal flaw for this was that I saw the musical before reading the book, and expected something much more fanciful and light-hearted. ( )
  Annrosenzweig | Oct 15, 2021 |
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 become 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.
  Daniel464 | Oct 15, 2021 |
I was not interested in the story, but it's well-written and appeals to many people, including my children (mostly because of the musical play, not because they read the book).

The revisionist version of the Oz canon has some warrant. Baum originally had the Wizard deposing (presumably fatally) Ozma's father and sending her off to Mombi the Bad Witch to be enchanted, but that was all swept under the rug in later books.
The Wizard was very popular with children, and Baum apparently decided that his unsavory history was no longer appropriate, although it did fit with the first book's character.

I did not remember that cover-up until re-reading the books in my sixties; although I read all of them in my childhood, I also conveniently forgot that The Wiz was a bad guy at one time.
Probably the influence of the Judy Garland movie. ( )
  librisissimo | Sep 11, 2021 |
Hated it. Every single character is terribly unlikeable. ( )
  envyensor | Aug 12, 2021 |
complete revisioning of Oz and back-story for Dorothy's encounter with WW
  ritaer | Jul 26, 2021 |
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Although Mr. Maguire demonstrates a knack for conjuring up bizarre adventures for Elphie and introducing her to an eccentric cast of creatures (though nowhere near as enchanting as the many creatures Baum invented in his multiple sequels to "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"), his insistence on politicizing Oz and injecting it with a heavy dose of moral relativism turns a wonderfully spontaneous world of fantasy into a lugubrious allegorical realm, in which everything and everyone is labeled with a topical name tag.
 
With a husky voice and a gentle, dramatic manner that will call to mind the image of a patient grandfather reading to an excited gaggle of children, McDonough leisurely narrates this fantastical tale of good and evil, of choice and responsibility. In Maguire's Oz, Elphaba, better known as the Wicked Witch of the West, is not wicked; nor is she a formally schooled witch. Instead, she's an insecure, unfortunately green Munchkinlander who's willing to take radical steps to unseat the tyrannical Wizard of Oz. Using an appropriately brusque voice for the always blunt Elphaba, McDonough relates her tumultuous childhood (spent with an alcoholic mother and a minister father) and eye-opening school years (when she befriends her roommate, Glinda). McDonough's pacing remains frustratingly slow even after the plot picks up, and Elphaba's protracted ruminations on the nature of evil will have some listeners longing for an abridgement. Still, McDonough's excellent portrayals of Elphaba's outspoken, gravel-voiced nanny and Glinda's snobbish friends make this excursion to Oz worthwhile
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'Tis very strange Men should be so fond of being thought wickeder than they are. -Daniel Defoe, A System of Magick
In historical events great men--so called--are but the labels that serve to give a name to an event, and like labels, they have the last possible connection with the event itself. Every action of theirs, that seems to them an act of their own free will, is in an historical sense not free at all, but in bondage to the whole course of previous history, and predestined from all eternity. -Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi, War and Peace
"Well," Said the head, "I will give you your answer. You have no right to expect me to send you back to Kansas unless you do something for me in return. In this country everyone must pay for everything he gets. If you wish me to use my magic power to send you home again you must do something for me first. Help me and I will help you." "What must I do?" asked the girl. "Kill the wicked Witch of the West," answered Oz. -L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
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This book is for Betty Levin and for all those who
taught me to love and fear goodness.
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A mile above Oz, the Witch balanced on the wind's forward edge, as if she were a green fleck of the land itself, flung up and sent wheeling away by the turbulent air.
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"Maybe the definition of home is the place where you are never forgiven, so you may always belong there, bound by guilt. And maybe the cost of belonging is worth it."
"Ah, we're slow learners, Nanny countered. But they can't learn at all" (p.12).
"You're not so bold at all," said Elphaba, "you're about as bold as tea made from used leaves" (p.129)
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This re-creation of the land of Oz, tells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn't so wicked after all. 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.

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