Wicked- The Life and Times.. Book Review, Claudia R. P.1

Wicked

The Life and Times of The Wicked Witch of the West

“She didn’t know what she thought. Was Elphaba devil’s spawn? Was she half-elf? Was she punishment for her father’s failure as a preacher or for her mother’s sloppy morals and bad memory? Or was she merely a physical ailment, a blight like a misshapen apple or a five legged calf? Nanny knew her worldview was foggy and chaotic, pestered by demons, faith, and folk science.”

Ever wonder why ‘The Wicked Witch of The West’ became wicked? Or exactly how things in Oz, the slippers, the talking animals, and everything else came to be? In the book, ‘Wicked’, every little question is answered. Elphaba, the famous witch, was not always all that wicked. She was born ‘green as sin’, and had razor sharp teeth, but grew into being someone who cared for issues in the area, and had great priorities that others were to shallow to care about. She stood up for rights of different species, and actually saved that cowardly lion that would one day try and destroy her. She was one of the dearest friends of Glinda, the ‘good witch’, which of course, was a bit passed over in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ movie. However, with constant failure, and peoples’ pressure and talk, she decided that she would use the name, and fulfill everyone’s wish.

The author, Gregory Maguire wrote this book in such an ingenious way. Obviously, the movie that this book was based off of was produced years before the book was ever conceived, but in my opinion, this book could fool anyone in thinking that it was made first. With the writing style, he really captured the readers’ attention, and added new twists here and there, almost to confuse the reader until the very end. Every little detail of the movie started to make sense after reading the book, and not only was it informative, but extremely entertaining.

I really enjoyed reading this book, because I do like to read stories of magic and make-believe, however I think that it was a very mature book, and should not be read by younger children and pre-teens. The book consisted of sexual writing, which was necessary for the course of events, but at some points I found that they would be very inappropriate for younger ages.

‘Wicked’ touched base with probably every topic out in the world today. Religion was a very big cause to the books’ outcome, which I found rather special because it was so different. Other than that, however, the book dealt with minorities, self-image, peer pressure, violence, war, power, morals, and so much more.

Overall, I loved this book, and would recommend it for anyone who would like a good, mind-engaging read!

“People always did like to talk, didn’t they? That’s why I call myself a witch now; the Wicked Witch of the West, if you want the full glory of it. As long as people are going to call you a lunatic anyway, why not get the benefit of it? It liberates you from convention.” -The Wicked Witch of The West

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