The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
The Wicked Witch of the West written by Gregory Maguire takes us back into the realm of the Land of Oz. This time we see it through the eyes of the Witch and the Munchkins and discover that also live in a world full of problems. The Yellow Brick Road for grown-ups.
Gregory Maguire has developed a cult following through his handling of a story well known. Full of imagination and Allegory we come to understand the main character,”Elphaba” – the Wicked Witch, and identify with her problematic existence in a world of Munchkins and weirdos.
Full of religion,politics, economics and racial tension coupled with sex,humour and mythology, Gregory Maguire has created a world not unlike our own but extremely different in its facets of nature.
The Dark Side of the Rainbow
Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West in the original story about Dorothy from Kansas,was brought up in Munchkinland. Her father was a preacher yet they wern’t Munchkinlanders. Because of this, life was difficult and she learned all about alienation and hate from her townies. The book has its serious message to ponder, what exactly is Good and Evil and does it depend on your point of view in life as to how you decide what is evil or good?
Characters are well fleshed out into round,full personalities that make us care about their plight. Elphaba even has a room mate at University who suffers from being love-lorn. Her sister,Nessarose, is the wicked and witchy sister who doesn’t understand her.
No book for children and there is no need to know the original story”The Wizard of Oz” even though Dorothy makes a small appearance close to the end. The Book stands alone as a novel to be enjoyed and read thoughtfully by those who enjoy being drawn into other worlds with their reading time.
“Wicked” is fast paced,real and full of imagination and magic, the Wicked Witch of the West will never be the same again after you read this wonderful story.
Wicked (Wicked Years 1)