Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West: 01 (The Wicked Years) Paperback – Illustrated, 16 Jan. 2002
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- Paperback : 450 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060987107
- Product dimensions : 23.32 x 15.54 x 2.92 cm
- Publisher : HarperCollins; 1st HarperPerennial Ed edition (16 Jan. 2002)
- ASIN : 0060987103
- Language: : English
- Customer reviews:
Maguire did something truly remarkable with this novel, in managing to inhabit, enlarge, deepen and find new dimensions in a world that had been invented by another writer, and in doing so make something entirely new. It's an astonishing achievement.--Philip Pullman
"At the heart of this remarkable, unforgettable novel is a wildly original premise-- one that only a writer with Gregory Maguire's intellect and daring could have dreamed up: that the Wicked Witch of the West was a real woman, with an actual name, and her own story to tell. It was radical when Gregory first wrote it, and remains radical. It has the power to reshape one's view of the world."--Winnie Holzman, co-writer of Wicked: The Musical
"I knew that Gregory Maguire had come up with a genius idea the moment I heard about Wicked. It's a book that has changed a lot of lives, including mine."--Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist of Wicked: The Musical
"Long before there was any thought of a musical, I read Wicked. I felt a quiet joy that sisterhood had made its way to the Yellow Brick Road. What happens when a witch, green or otherwise, gets to tell her own story instead of being vilified and misrepresented by dominant cultural authority? We witches know how that turns out!"--Holly Near
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The chapters are based on each character and carry out detailed sections on each individuals lives.
this is a must read for any wicked enthusiast!
But just couldn't get into it somehow. I was expecting the story of the novel to be different to that of the musical, but the book seemed to have very little in the terms of plot. The story is separated into several different parts. Some of which are more interesting than others. I enjoyed somewhat the bits with Elphaba at school, and getting to know other friends. But after they left the school, the plot dragged and the style of writing of the author didn't flow well enough to keep my interest. Quite a lot that happens seems to have very little relevance to the overall story. So consequently the ending fell flat, and I didn't find myself caring what happened.
These novels seem very popular, but I just couldn't get into it.
Working from the novel rather than the film of the wizard of Oz, it tells the story(Story?!, no story here. Just a load of characters waffling on and talking absolute piffle.) of Oz before and up and till Dorothy arrives there, and a bit beyond that.
I was hoping it would get better after the prologue. It did not. If anything, it got worst. It would appear that the author, Gregory Maguire, is one of those people whose motto is why use ten words when you can use a thousand. In fact if he were to get paid by the word, he would be the world's richest man, for There were so many characters with stupid names coming out of the wood work, so many unnecessary descriptions, that it left very little if any room for any of the development that makes one care for the characters. After the first few pages or so, my first instinct was to give up. The only reason I stuck with it is the fact that I paid a fiver for it. (Amazon should have paid me)
According to the reviews on you tube, the musical is not the same as the novel. I should bloody well hope not!
Apparently there are other volumes to this work. I shan't be investing in them. Wicked is 495 pages long. It is too long---- by 495 pages.
This was a fantastic read and it was fascinating to read into the life and times of the little green girl who, though not inherently evil, grew up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, along with her sister who became the Wicked Witch of the East.
I actually ended up feeling vary sorry for the witch and was quite saddened when she was killed by Dorothy. Though called the Wicked with she wasn't actually that evil and did have compassion and love within her.
The story kept me wanting to read one more chapter before putting it down and I was a little disappointed when it ended; I really wanted to witch to live in the end.
I recommend this story to any fan of the original Oz story who is interested in reading more about the land of Oz and its characters.
I wish this was available on the Kindle; the 3 sequels this book spawned are on Kindle. For some reason this book is available on Kindle on the US store but not the UK store. Oddly though the Amazon UK site sells the kindle version of this book in the German language, and on Amazon Germany you can get the English version of this book. Amazon, why is this? Why can I not get the English Kindle version of this book from Amazon UK, only the German version, yet on your Germany site it's available in English?
Note: the book is completely different to the musical but both are enjoyable.
I have a penchant for fairytale retellings that are a bit dark and misunderstood villains and this ticked all my boxes. It didn't get five stars though just because I prefer the ending of the musical version.
It is a book to be read and devoured, a character than anyone with a love of the Wizard of Oz will throroughly appreciate, this is the tale of the Wicked Witch of the West - Elphaba. I cannot recommend this highly enough, Gregory Maguire captures the imagination and her tale unfolds with great characters along the way.
This is storytelling at its best.