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Glinda of Oz: In Which Are Related the Exciting Experiences of Princess Ozma of Oz, and Dorothy, in Their Hazardous Journey to the Home of the Flatheads (Dover Children's Classics) Paperback – 28 Mar 2003
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The Sorceress and Wizard of Oz attempt to save Princess Ozma and Dorothy from the dangers which threaten them when they try to bring peace to two warring tribes.
About the Author
Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) was born in Chittenango, Ne
Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) was born in Chittenango, New York. After trying many different professions, he turned tw York. After trying many different professions, he turned to writing for children at the age of 40. "The Wizard of Oz "o writing for children at the age of 40. "The Wizard of Oz "is the first and most popular of his fourteen Oz novels. is the first and most popular of his fourteen Oz novels.
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It takes place in a previously untouched part of Oz, and centres around two warring peoples.
Of course all is OK in the end, and I did enjoy it as a kid, but read a few others before trying it.
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Glinda of Oz was the fourteenth and last Oz book, published after L. Frank Baum’s death. It is a bit more serious than many of the other books and certainly lacked the amusing wordplay. It was still extremely exciting and enjoyable. Having the majority of the friends make their appearances made it a lovely final installment to the series. I highly recommend it to everyone from children to adults (no need to read the other Oz books or to read them in order).
So the sweet sorceress of Oz comes front and center in this one, instrumental in saving the day and certainly demonstrating her value in the land of Oz. (By the way, unlike the 1939 Oz film, Glinda is the Good Witch of the South in Baum's books -- Quadling Country -- though she's never really referred to that way. Baum does not identify a witch of the North, though the wicked witches of the East and West come into play just as they did in the classic movie.)
In the action here, Princess Ozma observes, in Glinda's Great Book of Records, that there are two obscure groups of Oz inhabitants, the Skeezers and the Flatheads, who are about to go to war. Ozma decides she must journey to this far corner of her kingdom, way up on the edge of Gilliken Country, to bring these wayward subjects in line. Dorothy accompanies the fair princess, but then the two encounter great trouble. Cue the great Glinda.
Baum finishes well, though I have to wonder, because of the very slightly different flavor of this last book, if his publisher had to do a little finishing for him.
More than most, this book has a plot which begins, develops, and concludes. More than most, it lets you watch the magicians at work together, pooling their resources to accomplish a complicated task. More than most it raises interesting long-term questions about distant local wars and the responsibilities of great powers.
It offers some of the most interesting secondary characters: not just the Su-Dic and Coo-ee-oh who are plausible, vivid personalities, but Red Reera, Ervic, the "three fishes" and even the Su-Dic's golden pig wife. All outstandingly Ozzy characters.
This book also has a more sci-fi quality to it than usual, with a deadly poison capable of inflicting major environmental damage and an island held in place by an expanding metal column. (Baum shows he's not senile, by remembering that if you lower the water level and then raise the island, it goes way above the lake's surface.) The pictures of Coo-ee-oh's hi-tech magic instruments enhance the sci-fi feel. There's also a greater sense of real danger in this book than many others. The Su-Dic and Coo-ee-oh are as serious and ruthless as any of Baum's villians and there's nothing comical about either of them except maybe the idea of canned brains, which is presented as dead serious.
Some readers complain that it's not really about Glinda. OK, but is WIZARD really about the Wizard? Is EMERALD CITY about the Emerald City AT ALL? Also, SCARECROW.
More objectionable is the inconsistancy that Dorothy was wearing the Magic Belt the whole time, and should have been able to teleport home. Plus, didn't she learn in LOST PRINCESS to make wishes on it? Baum invested way too much power in the Magic Belt from the very beginning. Lifted it from the Tarnhelm in DAS RHEINGOLD but that's another review.
Synopsis - Dorothy and Ozma travel to a remote section of Oz in an attempt to arbitrate between the Skeezers and Flatheads, two fairy races on the verge of war of a fish supply. Both are made captive by the leader of the Skeezers, who has no interest in peace, and are nearly made permanent prisoners when the Skeezers city becomes trapped under a lake. The entire court of Oz comes to their rescue, led by Glinda the Good and the Wizard, and the group learns a valuable lesson about performing one's duty.