When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked?
Gregory Maguire has created a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again.
Topics: Magic, Witches, Outcasts, Animal Rights, Folk and Fairy Tales, Speculative Fiction, Talking Animals, Tetralogy, Sisters, Revenge, Friendship, Wizards, Love, Politics, Animals, Alternate Universe, Epic, Dramatic, Adventurous, Female Protagonist, Female Friendship, Antihero, Exciting, and Allegorical
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Maybe most of what this book was about is just over my head or something. I just wish there would have been more heart in this story to accompany all the allegorical stuff.more
So the second time around my opinion remains the same. The author writes all of this (what I feel is unnecessary) description, but then stops short of actually completing his point. THEN it just gets boring after Fiyero dies. I mean, all that time in the Vinkus is just bland. Even despite the almost hitting on a point then shying away, I still like the beginning. But once I get to part 4 it's hard for me to keep going.more
And the soundtrack to the musical is excellent!
But still a good book.more
I am so glad I did.
Beautiful use of characterization, superb descriptive ability and a fantastic talent for not only engaging the reader, but engaging their sympathies.
Read it. Trust me, it's awesome.more