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on 15 July 2013
This edition is from the Penguin Threads series, which is an extension of the Penguin Deluxe Classics series. As I’ve said in previous reviews, these are sumptuous editions which greatly enhance the reading experience. The cover for this edition is essentially a piece of embroidery, first drawn, then hand-stitched and finally ‘sculpt embossed’. The result is stunning.

The Wizard of Oz (or ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ as it was originally titled) is one of those books, like Frankenstein or Dracula, which is integral to our cultural experience, transformed through film interpretation and misinterpretation so that our understanding bears little resemblance to the original, and of which few people have actually read the original. The need to ‘see for myself’ was therefore my main motivation for reading it. The narrative is heavily influenced by oral myth, fable, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the work of the likes of Hans Christian Andersen. It is essentially a simple story of a young American girl, Dorothy, who is swept off to a strange and unsettling land, where she faces trials of character and tests of perception before confronting the not-so mystical Wizard of Oz before returning to her own land. Oz, as is explained in the Introduction, is the embodiment of Baum’s vision for a socialist Utopian society where there is little or no war or hunger, avarice or greed and no need for money. Much like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, it can be read on two levels; either as an entertaining children’s story filled with an almost inexhaustible cast of incredible and fantastical characters, or it can be read for its sub-textual commentary and indictment of American and capitalist society.

Little did I know before reading The Wizard of Oz, that Baum in fact wrote 14 Oz novels over the course of 20 years. So, if you love Oz and all that it represents, there are plenty more Oz stories to get your teeth into.
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on 21 August 2015
Beautiful book and the recipient loves it! (This is not an embroidered book, as I had initially thought, but a beautifully textured piece of artwork that looks like embroidery). The page edges are textured too which gives it a lovely handmade quality.
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on 27 December 2012
I bought this along with Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland as I thought I'd relive some children's classics. I was astounded by the beauty of this book, especially the covers and you can tell a lot of time has been put into the making of this.
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on 29 July 2015
This is such a beautiful collection of stories, so to have it presented in this fantastic cover was great. I'm in love with this edition.
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on 21 March 2014
The cover of the book is lovely and I expected the contents to be colourful and suitable for children or for browsing.
Not so! There are no pictures inside, the text is small and the book is not at all appealing or enticing to read beyond the cover. There are so many lovely editions of the Wizard of Oz with pictures of the scarecrow, the tin soldier etc which any person, young or old can delight in, but certainly not with this one. To be labelled "deluxe" edition is very misleading and disappointing. I am extremely pleased that I did not succumb to purchasing the other classics in this series!
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on 19 March 2015
Item as described, prompt delivery
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on 30 January 2015
Gorgeous edition
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