Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Wicked The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, This popular character from the ‘Wizard of Oz’ was revisited by author Gregory Maguire in the 1950’s.

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The tales of Oz have always mystified and intrigued us with their unique amalgamation of sorcery and drama. But no other character from the popular series has gained as much reputation as the wicked witch. The wicked witch story was given a complete twist and the story brought to highlight the plight of the wicked witch who was later given the name Elphaba.

The story shows how elphaba is still distinctly human in a wicked green way. The language, the set up and the story are all a true feast for every book reader and Oz fan. Now you can get this amazing book in the audio format. Featuring a narrative by John McDonough, the Wicked Witch Audio book is an explosive version of the book. It gives the user a real-time experience of the life of the wicked witch.

The audio book is bursting with pulsating energy and is known to have kept even the best of readers on the edge of their seats. The story line borrows a lot of material from the wizard of Oz, but eventually plunges down a completely different path taking you to previously unknown areas of story telling. If you have read the wizard of Oz and liked it then this is a must read for you.

It isn’t often that a book is recommended by everybody I know. My elderly grandmother, my mother, my sister and I all loved reading Wicked. Gregory Maguire’s spin on the Wizard of Oz will entirely change how you look at the classic story. In Wicked, the focus of the story is on Elpheba, more commonly known as the Wicked Witch of the West. Beginning with her birth, we learn about whom she is and how she became that way, building sympathy for her as the book progresses.

Glinda is another important character in Wicked, but neither behaves the way you would expect. Dorothy and her friends do appear in Wicked, but only have minor parts. I confess to being a little surprised and not only a little disappointed when I realized that Wicked was nothing like the musical. Somehow, in the process of creating the musical, they entirely changed the book.

There were some slow sections in the book, bringing my review down a bit, but I was so curious about how it would compare to the original series that I plowed through anyway. additionally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t warn you of the rather adult nature of the book. In my opinion, the subject material and language are inappropriate for children. Not everybody agrees, including the author himself.

If you feel that you will want to share this with your kids, PLEASE listen to it in its entirety first! Despite all of that, I loved the book and would highly recommend it.

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The narrative by Gregory Maguire makes you identify the characters and more importantly Elphaba.

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