Friday, February 2, 2018

Second DNF!

Title: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Book #1 The Wicked Years)
Author: Gregory Maguire
Genre: Fiction; Fantasy
Publisher: Willow Marrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: 2000

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? And what is the true nature of evil?
Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.
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.

Hello Fellow Readers,

I won't lie, I got caught in the hype. There is a reason I read mostly indie books, because if I read a bestseller or a popular book my expectations are just way too high. It happened with this book. I love the Wizard of Oz movies and books when I was a child and I was always fascinated with the Wicked Witches. I have their dolls on my bookshelf!  However this book was nothing like I expected. I just didn't understand the need to completely twist everything about OZ. I know the book is for adults but this is technically still based off a children's book. I got around 35% of the book before I decided not to finish it, which is rare! I did not like any of the characters, even Elphaba, this may have changed the more you read but I honestly did not want to keep reading.


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