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Wicked - Die Hexen von Oz av Gregory Maguire
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Wicked - Die Hexen von Oz (utgåvan 2008)

av Gregory Maguire

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:henne90
Titel:Wicked - Die Hexen von Oz
Författare:Gregory Maguire
Info:Klett-Cotta Verlag (2008), Perfect Paperback
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:Ingen/inga

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

  1. 273
    Trollkarlen från Oz av L. Frank Baum (TuesdayNovember, lucien, sturlington)
    lucien: An obvious choice and one that's already listed. I will add that if your only exposure to the original is the film, I'd recommend this short read. There are several ideas Maguire plays with that are only in the book.
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    Son of a Witch av Gregory Maguire (Kerian)
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    Grendel av John Gardner (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Both are books that give you the "bad guy" take on classic tales.
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    The Looking Glass Wars av Frank Beddor (joyfulgirl)
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    The Good Thief av Hannah Tinti (mhmolinaro)
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    Was av Geoff Ryman (jonathankws)
    jonathankws: Set more in the 'real world' this re-telling of Oz compares three protagonists: a gay male actor with AIDS, a girl called Dorothy who a fictional L. Frank Baum 'created' Oz for, and a makeup girl on the set of the original film version film who encounters Judy Garland.… (mer)
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    A Barnstormer In Oz av Philip José Farmer (jonathankws)
    jonathankws: More affiliated to Science Fiction, this retelling focuses on Dorothy's son who returns to Oz by accident.
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    The Librarian (Book Two: Unhappily Ever After) av Eric Hobbs (Othemts)
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    A Nameless Witch av A. Lee Martinez (infiniteletters)
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    Det är nåt som inte stämmer av Augusten Burroughs (khoov00)
    khoov00: This book seems to appeal to some with the same sense of humor as it would take to appreciate the book Wicked.
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I put it down one day and I know I won't pick it back up. Gave to swap shop.

I remember feeling like it was work to read the book. I felt like I had to have a dictionary next to me.

I bought the book because we were going to see the show. But based on the work it takes to read, based on the details of the negative reviews and based on defining my reading preference a bit more since I bought this book, I don't want to read it.

(And I didn't really like the show that much)


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  Seayla2020 | Nov 21, 2020 |
Until I listened to this audiobook, which by the way is perfectly narrated by John McDonough, I had no idea that the Wicked Witch of the West has been so misunderstood. Not a fan of The Wizard of Oz (due to my first memory being a nightmare in which the flying monkeys were after me), I had been hesitant to read or listen to this book. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

The prose is beautifully constructed, the characters are quirky and well developed, and the plot is delightfully and unexpectedly twisting and twisted. Even for those familiar with the original book and movie, multiple surprises are in store on every page. ( )
  LoriFox | Oct 24, 2020 |
It was a clever premise but I just couldn't get into this book. Just not my thing. ( )
  baruthcook | Aug 26, 2020 |
I read this book for the Second Chance part of the reading challenge. I stand by my original judgement: not worth reading. I think a deconstruction of Oz has a lot of potential, but Maguire ruins it with pointless vulgarity and gore, which seems to only exist for shock value. There is waaay too much urinating in this book and it NEVER adds to the plot. It's a real tradgedy, because an adult version of Oz could have been very interesting in the hands of a decent writer ( )
  Rachel_Hultz | Aug 15, 2020 |
Captivating, if not shocking, backstory to wicked witch of the West, but lost interest when it turned political ( )
  elifra | Aug 10, 2020 |
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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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ISBN 0349117993 is for A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve.
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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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