Wicked Musical Tie-In Edition: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory MaguireWicked Musical Tie-In Edition: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Wicked Musical Tie-In Edition: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

byGregory Maguire

Paperback | March 2, 2004

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This is the book that started it all! The basis for the smash hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Gregory Maguire's breathtaking New York Times bestseller Wicked views the land of Oz, its inhabitants, its Wizard, and the Emerald City, through a darker and greener (not rosier) lens. Brilliantly inventive, Wicked offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most feared and hated characters in all of literature: the much maligned Wicked Witch of the West who, as Maguire tells us, wasn’t nearly as Wicked as we imagined.<_o3a_p>

Gregory Maguire is the bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. Wicked, now a beloved classic, is the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. Maguire has lectured on art, literature...
Title:Wicked Musical Tie-In Edition: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the WestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.11 inPublished:March 2, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060745908

ISBN - 13:9780060745905


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tricky, but worth it NOT an easy read, at all, and not at all fluffy and light like the musical. But it's an awesome book. Deep into the political side of Oz, and builds up the characters well. I found it entertaining, although a bit slower to read. Kind of like reading some of the classics.
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not great the musical, bubblegum and shallow as it is, might be better.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved. I loved this book. Was neat to read about the wicked witches story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Have a dictionary handy I've been trying to get through this book for years, literally. LOL The EXTENSIVE vocabulary takes away from the story. I find myself pausing to look up words in the dictionary every page!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING The play was great but the book was even better.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was wicked! loved the perspective of this book, and a big fan of OZ. I highly recommend this book for any reader.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, But Not My Style Wonderfully thought out and a diverse array of interesting characters, but a bit tedious. I couldn't get as into it as much as I thought I would.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loves!! I had a hard time putting this book down. I'm in love with The Wizard of Oz and it was so interesting to see the story from another perspective. Well written and enjoyable. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wicked I found it a bit long and tedious.. interesting take though,.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Absolutely love this book. Soooo interesting hearing the background story, or a version anyway, of such an iconic story and film.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Some parts were a bit of a bore, but as a person who hasn't seen the musical... this book just placed very high expectations for the musical.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Didn't think I would like this book so much! I thought it was pretty fast paced and so interesting to read about Elphaba's past. Have to admit this book made me pick up the rest of the series but found that the third book threw me off this series, not as great as it's previous books.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not the same I'm truly tierd of everybody saying that they quote: "loved the musical, hated the book". they are not the same! AT ALL. They are not supposed to be, at this exact moment i'm listening to the wizard and I, from the musical, but i'm also rereading the book for the second time. the point is, the boom goes right into the nitty gritty of Elphie. as in, her thoughts, EXACTLY, and her view of the world and the thoughts of those who interact with her. the musical is more general as they cannot re-enact each and every thing, especially since the musical is being acted how can you act: "frex was absolutely horrified" without having him delivering a cheesy line like "OH MY JEEZ I AM MORTIFIED!", im a musical theater actor as well, so take my advice, if you've seen the musical, or even if you haven't tough this boom out, its worth it, especially if you've seen the musical as you have some wrong notions on things. please, spread the word, they are not supposed to be the same. the book is focused SOLELY on Elphaba's life and times (as stated in the title:" Wicked: the life and times of the wicked witch of the west"), just give it a chance. p.s this is NOT, and i repeat NOT a children's book. there are many things too inappropriate for children.
Date published: 2007-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating Wicked by Gregory Maguire is an amazing read. I have never read anything like it. It takes the epic tale of the Wizard of Oz and makes the reader open there mind to a whole new perspective, and yet ties in with every part of the original tale. The reader will now understand why the Wicked Witch of the West is truly wicked, why she came to be green and why water seems to wash away all worries, including the Wizards. Wicked kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end, no doubt about it. Maguire’s writing is unique and well thought out, look at the Witch’s name for example, Elphaba, it’s the sounds of the initials of the original writer of The Wizard of Oz, Lyman Frank Baum. This is truly an astonishing read, there is so much more I can write but yet I can’t seem to come up with words. In short, I highly recommend this novel.
Date published: 2006-08-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Love the Musical, HATE the Book This book has a really interesting premise, but is actually incredibly boring. Although I'm a fan of the "epic," virtually nothing happens in this book. The characters muse endlessly on the nature of good and evil, and the reader is bored to tears.
Date published: 2006-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This book really captivated me. I had first become interested in the musical, then decided that I would read the book. The book really gets into the life of Elphaba, and explains to the reader who is she is, and why she is that way. She's not as evil and wicked as everyone makes her out to be; it's the world around her that is corrupt. I highly recomend this book, its a fascinating read. It broaded my mind, and made me question things. The land of Oz is fascinating. It pulls you in and doesn't let go.
Date published: 2005-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked The book was very captivating and amazing. I coud not put it down. The author has a very unique approach to the story. By the end of the book I actually felt sorry for the Wicked Witch of the West.
Date published: 2005-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West This book is just amazing. I feel that the author did a wonderful job of tying in all the aspects of the traditional Oz books. It gave you the ability to look at the other side of the ruby slipers. This is a great read and is only complemented by the Broadway Musical
Date published: 2005-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning This book is a captivating and insightful view into the life and times of the wicked witch of the West. She grows up misunderstood. Then it goes on from there explaining with an incredible account of how she was turned from good to wicked.The web he weaves is subtle and enthralling amd I recomend this as an excellent read!
Date published: 2005-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Your views of Oz will be forever changed At first, I thought this book would be another stereotypical attempt to recreate a fairytale, but the musical's success convinced me to take a second look. I'm glad I did. The way the author touches on many of the controversial issues of our time, (racism, religion, political tyrany, sexuality) leads me to go so far as to compare Wicked with George Orwell's Animal Farm.
Date published: 2005-03-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I saw this book in the store and was immediately intrigued by the idea. Fairy tales being twisted around so we can see the other side of the story is very clever. However, I stopped myself from stocking up on the whole lot of similar books by the same author. I'm glad I did, too, because I thought this book was very poorly done. It didn't captivate me at all. The characters didn't seem real. The story didn't seem to... fit. I certainly didn't get a good visual of this new version of Oz. Perhaps the musical is better.
Date published: 2005-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing.... I was intrigued by this book long before I read it, and I am glad I finally got around to it. It was at once hilarious and heartbreaking. The themes varied between racism, love, and trying to grasp the roots of good and evil. Elphaba has become one of my favorite heroines in literature. I recommend this to anyone, regardless if they enjoy elements of fantasy. The feelings and emotions portrayed are very real, the odd setting and characters merely add to the intrigue.
Date published: 2005-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful book The book captivates the reader from the very beginning, never loses the reader's interest. I rarely find a book that I enjoy this much.
Date published: 2005-02-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from If by wicked you mean boring... This book came highly recommended and regarded and I have yet to determine why. This was so boring and inane it pained me to finish it. It is a slapped together high school guess of an essay. The author has pulled ideas out of a hat and written about it. Boring!
Date published: 2005-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it has everything and more. This novel was spectacular! It has everything – drama, suspense, betrayal, sex (gasp) - and more. It’s entrancing – I could barely put it down! Go out and buy and read it, then recommend it to everyone you know – I know I did!
Date published: 2004-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Amazing Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West has to be one of the most enrapturing stories i've read since The Da Vinci Code . This book was a wonderful look into the lives of Elphaba and Glinda and the rest of Emerald City.
Date published: 2004-12-11

Editorial Reviews

"... [a] magical telling of the land of Oz before and up to the arrival of Dorothy and company.... A captivating, funny, and perceptive look at destiny, personal responsibility, and the not-always-clashing beliefs of faith and magic. Save a place on the shelf between Alice and The Hobbit --that spot is well deserved." (School Library Journal)