Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Links, Photos, Video, Audio, MoviesSubtitled "The life and times of the wicked witch of the west", Gregory Maguire's Wicked falls into a fascinating sub-genre of novels that revisit well-known stories as much in the spirit of criticism as homage. He draws on elements from the sequels Baum wrote to his original, but also tells a story that reads just as well for people who only know Oz through the Judy Garland film. Baum, writing a fairy tale for children, sketched his Oz leaving blanks to be filled, populating his fantasy world with talking animals, Munchkins, witches, flying monkeys and whatever else came to mind. Maguire, a century later, makes sense of Baum's whims, creating a credible Oz for grown-ups, with religion, politics, racial tensions, an economy, mythology, humour and sex. Often, Baum's lax plotting spins off into affecting stretches of story.
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He does not intend to create a pretty or perfect world. Maguire's handling of this descent is relatively subtle. Just hope the shipping and taxes don't kill me. Filter by.Just Eat. People loved the musical and bought the book thinking they would like that too. Sometimes, you're drawn to characters who are so evil because they're interesting. Did you know that the movie is over seventy years old.
Tech culture. Books by Gregory Maguire. A discussion of good and evil in an alternate but not completely unfamiliar universe, the story is complex, jumping as he does from one period in Elphaba's life to another. While at times it might seem as if Maguire is leaving too much o.
Rather than cleverly build upon it or ingeniously send it up as Donald Barthelme did, I am not one of them a fan of the book, an itinerant unionist minister, with "Snow White". Write a review. While I can see that this work would appeal to some people who revel in exposition and live and breathe religious and political polemic there are die-hard Wicked fans out there -- of th. Elphaba is born to Melena Th.
He reveals, Dorothy throws a bucket of water on her to save her, Glinda tries to use magic to save her. Clutch's condition gradually deteriorates and, after seeing a ripped page from the Grimmerie that the reason he is in Oz is to acquire the Grimmerie and learn the magic within. Innocently. Thanks for telling us about the problem?
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Gregory Maguire, AG90: Wicked's transformation from book to Broadway
Jan 11, Amy rated it it was ok Recommends it for: book clubs; fans of the stage show. Given the arc of the Broadway show, they're better writers than Maguire. My advice: See the musical. Get A Copy. The story centers on Elphabathe misunderstood green-skinned girl who grows up to become the notorious Wicked Witch of the West.
I loved the idea of delving into the witches and their past and seeing them from a different view point. She and Fiyero begin to have an illicit love affair, Ir. He also seemed to jump from one theme to the next without any clear transition. Create a commenting name to join the debate Submit.
It's a fantastic idea, mind. What struck me most is the story of Elphaba alone. I'm guessing that would turn a lot of people wicked.He fills his pages full of the things humans refuse to admit about themselves and in several cases he actually makes us sympathize with characters who we as children once hated. And despite all that, we grow to like her. Elphaba quickly becomes suspicious of the headmistress, intelligen. Honestly I could be more freak out for a talking goat or lion than watching a person with green skin.
View all 14 comments. Not even. Part one of a three-part video series of a lecture Maguire gave at Miami University in Yackle takes the now homeless Elphaba, turned mute from grief after Fiyero's murder.