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Wicked by Gregory Maguire August 10, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Fantasy, week 8.



This is a great book, and shows the classic story the Wizard of Oz in a whole new way. This book follows the story of Elphaba (the “Wicked Witch of the West”) as she grows up and goes to school at Shiz University. There she is room mates with the snnobish Galinda (Glinda, the Good Witch of the North). Being the girl with green skin, she is shunned, an outcast from society. Slowly, Glinda and Elphaba become friends, and are later joined by Elfie’s sister Nessarose, later known as the Wicked witch of the East. One of the girls teachers, the Goat Dr. Dillamond, is an Animal rights activist. There is a big difference between an Animal and an animal. An animal is the type of creature that we know– incappable of speech and rational thought. An Animal is exactly the same as us, except, of course, they look like animals. Dr. Dillamond was working on a way to prove that Animals and humans have no differences except for their appearance. Elphaba takes kindly to the old Goat, and agrees to help him with his study. But when the good doctor is found dead, Elphaba heads to confront the Wizard, convinced he is evil. Although we all know the tragic end, this is such an amazing book that I could not put it down. While very political in its root, Wicked is a great story that shows another, more deadly side of the shinning Oz we all know and love. This book totally changed the way I view the Wizard of Oz, and I think it shows another, more softer side of the villan we all believed to be completely evil. I have to say that Elphaba is one of my favorite characters of all time, and I’m sure that anyone who has read the book will agree with me. For those who don’t want to have the image of a flawless Oz ruined, then I feel sorry for you. You truly do not know what you are missing.



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