Saturday, August 18, 2007

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

Author: Gregory Maguire
ISBN: 0-7553-3160-5

"An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn't so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature."

I borrowed this book from my sis, after she had read it and loved it. I'd seen some other people I know have read it too, so I wanted to check it out. It's the first book I've read from this author.
This is one book I will not allow my sis to sell at one of her boot sales, it has to stay on her book shelf!!!! LOL

As you can tell I loved this book. I wasn't quite sure what to expect at first? I knew it was about The Wicked Witch of the West from the movie The Wizard of Oz, we all loved so much as children. As I read the book I began to fall in love with Elphaba, and I loved reading about every minute of her life in this novel. I also became really fond of Fiyero, Glinda, Nanny and Doctor Dillamond. Basically I loved them all really! Except the Wizard........ Hmmmm.

This novel is different to the movie, and it is really a book for adults, and is a tale from the side of: The Wicked Witch of the West. For me this book was a light, enjoyable, cosy read. It was a book that I loved snuggling up to on my bed or in the bath to read. I just loved entering their world. However, I know that some people have said it wasn't a light read for them as it contained political issues (personally I hate politics in real life). I guess this is where we all differ, and what a boring place it would be if we all agreed on everything.

There wasn't a boring moment in this book, it was exciting, emotionally moving and funny.
I haven't seen the Musical, may be one day I will?

So to sum this book up, it was and is.. EXCELLENT!
I'll be reading more from this author! ;)


Jess said...

Well i have Son Of A Witch & Lost that you can borrow any time you like.

Margo. said...

Thanks Jess. xXx

Rhinoa said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it :) You should go and see the Disneyfied musical in London, it really brings it to life. It's weird as after the show lots of kids want to read the book and I am really not sure it is appropriate...

I did think it was very political especially with all the animal/Animal issues, but although I don't really pay attention to politics in reality I enjoyed that part of the book.

Julie Cleghorn said...

If you liked this book I really think you should read Son of A Witch. I did enjoy the book for the story but also felt that if you wanted it to be "deep" it could be. If you like musicals you will love this one!

Clare said...

Great review Margo, I haven't read any of his books so far (although I have 2), I'll have to add this to my wish list :-)

Unknown said...

Glad you enjoyed it Margo. :)

Another one of his I really enjoyed is Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister.