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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

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061792946
List price: $4.99
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I love the new look on the wicked witch.read more
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A clever idea that is written well but is sometimes bawdier than necessary, sometimes more twee than necessary, sometimes more transparent or contrived than necessary. Unlike Baum's work this is neither for children nor an American fairy tale. That can only mean the author wrote it for himself, or for adults raised with "The Wizard of Oz" and derivative movies. The book series begun by Baum more consistently expands the Emerald City and environs into a fully realized world. Still, if you are an adult who loved Oz, you will be pleased by how readably "Wicked" tucks in to the empty spaces between the lines and chapters in Baum's story.read more
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Great book! This book offers a fresh take on a beloved story. It really makes one think about how any tale has multiple points of view.read more
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I love the new look on the wicked witch.
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A clever idea that is written well but is sometimes bawdier than necessary, sometimes more twee than necessary, sometimes more transparent or contrived than necessary. Unlike Baum's work this is neither for children nor an American fairy tale. That can only mean the author wrote it for himself, or for adults raised with "The Wizard of Oz" and derivative movies. The book series begun by Baum more consistently expands the Emerald City and environs into a fully realized world. Still, if you are an adult who loved Oz, you will be pleased by how readably "Wicked" tucks in to the empty spaces between the lines and chapters in Baum's story.
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Great book! This book offers a fresh take on a beloved story. It really makes one think about how any tale has multiple points of view.
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Funny and very entertaining, but some parts bored me because it kind of drags on.
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Whoever would have thought that "The Wicked Witch of the West" would evoke your sympathy. Well she certainly does in this wonderful re-working of "The Wizard of Oz".So thought-provoking. This really has got to be one of my books of the year.Fantastic !
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A great adult book about the true story of the Wicked Witch of the West. An entertaining and sometimes deadly serious backstory of the Wizard of Oz which can be much more bloody and dark you had ever think......
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