Author: Gregory Maguire
Series: The Wicked Years #1
Genre: Fantasy & Retelling
Publication Date: December 5th 2000
Source: Brought at B&N
Rating: 5 Stars
An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn’t so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.
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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire is five stars! This book was one of the best novels I have ever had the privelige to read. It was humorous because of Elphaba’s sarcastic nature amd Glinda’s bubbly spirit. Teens will enjoy this book because of the creativity of bringing a childhood movie to life by going deeper into the background of the supposed “Wicked Witch.” Not only is it funny, but it is set up grandly because it shows you the point of view of other characters who made acquaintences with Elphaba. This story shows that sometimes the good can be seen as wicked and the wicked as good. It is so creative, and the whole way through my mind was pushed to think and my imagination was put to the test as I had to imagine different wondrous creatures and places. I am 16 years old, and I already know this book will have me thinking for the rest of my life. It also has a love story in it, and shows that even the wicked need someone when they’re lonely. This book was just soooo good! I am honestly so happy that I got to write this review. I suggest everyone read this book, it will change the way you think and your imagination will run wild. This book centers around a very green girl who showed me that being different is okay. I love Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West.
About the Author:
Gregory Maguire is an American author, whose novels are revisionist retellings of children’s stories (such as L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz into Wicked). He received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University, and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. He was a professor and co-director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature from 1979-1985. In 1987 he co-founded Children’s Literature New England (a non-profit EDUCATIONAL charity).
Maguire has served as artist-in-residence at the Blue Mountain Center, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Hambidge Center. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.