Wicked

Wicked

The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West ; A Novel

Book - 1995
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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.

Publisher: New York : ReganBooks, c1995.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061350962
0061350966
Branch Call Number: FICTION Maguire Gregory
Characteristics: 406 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Smith, Douglas

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A retelling of the Wizard of Oz from the Wicked Witches' perspective.

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JCLCharlesH Jun 06, 2019

Inspiration for "Wicked" by Stephen Schwartz

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JCLHeatherM Dec 20, 2016

It's not so easy being green.

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JCLJulieT Oct 07, 2014

Ah, Elphaba, the clever, misunderstood Witch of the West.

This now-classic anti-hero tale is a great read!


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KWhite190
Jun 08, 2020

This is a retelling of the story of the Wizard of Oz, from the point of view of the supposed villain of the original, the Wicked Witch of the West (Elphaba in the novel). I was familiar with the story from the Broadway musical version of the work, but there were many stark differences. The musical is family-friendly whereas the book is far more mature. Characters such as Elphaba, Nessarose, and Boq were far more fleshed out in the book. The characters of Fiyero and Glinda are exaggerated in the musical, and Elphaba is crueler in the novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this and provides me with a better understanding of the musical.

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KBibaeff3
Aug 31, 2019

This is not for young people! There was some very questionable and uncomfortable scenes in the book. However, the imagination that went into the story is amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed getting some back story on the wicked witch of the west.

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JacolaBob09
Aug 28, 2019

I LOVE THIS BOOK!

Hillsboro_ElizabethH May 20, 2019

I hate to give a bad review about a book that was made into an amazing musical, but I just couldn't do it - I think I read about 50 pages, and just hated every page, so I had to put it down. Perhaps it gets better, but I don't think so. I would suggest you see the musical instead - I've seen it 5 times, and loved it each and every time.

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BookLover_94
Sep 27, 2018

Took a while to get through but all in all I loved the book and cant hardly wait to read the rest of the books in the series!!

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Natashastales
Jan 15, 2018

I heard a lot about this book from my daughter and her friends. They are late teens. But I went into reading this story with an open mind. For one, I never found myself feeling sorry for the Wicked Witch of the West. She was definitely annoying at best. I wondered why the author didn't write the book from her perspective. The other characters were interesting, except I never understood what made Glenda, the good witch. It wasn't a terrible story but, I guess it depends on one's taste.

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singasong70
Aug 11, 2017

The play must be the thing 'cause the book sure ain't. Could hardly get through it, genre keeps changing not a book for kids r/t sex especially (of course) - what else is new? MIght as well be The Poisonwood Bible for the way it handles "sprituality" issues I would say.

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Dragonrat703
Jun 23, 2017

This book is extremely complex, with many of the elements it includes parallel to our own society. I loved every minute of it, as I did the rest of the series.

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JesseLunde
Mar 13, 2017

I loved this book so much. I like how complex it is despite the themes being more obvious. Who knows though maybe that's what makes it so great!

GailCCL Feb 13, 2017

As a foreign land is plagued by political turmoil and Animal cruelty, a misunderstood outcast fights to right the wrongs. Will she succeed, or will she just be seen as wicked?

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KWhite190
Jun 07, 2020

KWhite190 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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JacolaBob09
Aug 28, 2019

JacolaBob09 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Natashastales
Jan 15, 2018

Natashastales thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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teal_owl_0626
Sep 08, 2017

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Dragonrat703
Jun 23, 2017

Dragonrat703 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

bibliosara Jan 06, 2017

bibliosara thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Jun 10, 2016

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Apr 30, 2013

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Sep 23, 2012

elveegee thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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JacolaBob09
Aug 28, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are some Intense Scenes and that was the only one I come across

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JacolaBob09
Aug 28, 2019

Sexual Content: Sexual Contents are there and there and but as bad as I thought.

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JacolaBob09
Aug 28, 2019

Coarse Language: Swear Words are through out the story, but not overly done.

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Dragonrat703
Jun 23, 2017

Sexual Content: Non-explicit scenes, it tends to imply more than it describes.

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Dragonrat703
Jun 23, 2017

Coarse Language: Some swear words, but not over the top.

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libraryvol
May 14, 2020

"To the grim poor there need be no pour quoi tale about where evil arises; it just arises, it always is. One never learns how the witch became wicked, or whether that was the right choice for her - is it ever the right choice? Does the devil ever struggle yo be good again, or if so is he not a devil? It is at the very least a question of definition." Oatsie Manglehand to the travelers through Kumbricia's Pass.

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libraryvol
May 14, 2020

"The wickedness of men is that their power breeds stupidity and blindness. (Ephaba to Fiyero)
"And of women?"
"Women are weaker, but their weakness is full of cunning and an equally rigid moral certainty. Since their arena is smaller, their capacity for real damage is less alarming. Though being more intimate they are the more treacherous."
"And my capacity for evil?" said Fiyero, feeling implicated and uncomfortable. "And yours?"
"Fiyero's capacity for evil is in believing too strenuously in a capacity for good."
"And yours?"
"Mine is in thinking in epigrams."

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libraryvol
May 09, 2020

"That's the real power of art, I think. Not to chide but to provoke challenge." Elphaba to Galinda

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libraryvol
May 09, 2020

"I just think, like our teachers here, if ministers are effective, they're good at asking questions to get you to think. I don't think they're supposed to have the answers. Not necessarily." -Elphaba to Galinda.

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LazyNeko
Apr 10, 2012

"I'm no pawn," said Glinda. "I take all the credit in the world for my own foolishness. Good gracious, dear, all of life is a spell. You know that. But you do have some choice."

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sgeluardi
Jun 19, 2011

Dark and depressing. I kept waiting for this to pull out of the spin but it's whole story seems to be based on withered dreams. The main character is hard to like or enjoy also. One moment she might be very philosophical the next she'll act like an angry child.

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