Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

by Gregory Maguire

HarperCollins | September 29, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West is rated 3.85 out of 5 by 60.

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>

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.08 in

Published: September 29, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061862312

ISBN - 13: 9780061862311

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Could not put the book down
Date published: 2016-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything you need in a book I lOVE this book. I read it almost yearly and every time I do something else pops up. I really had to push through it the first time and when I finished I thought, maybe I liked it, so I read it again and fell in love. It is fantasy, politics, war, magic, religion, history, romance, adventure, hardship and intrigue.
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A tale not for Children The first third of the book I found very slow....in fact I was not happy I had downloaded it - but after Elphaba begins to develop a bit more in terms of character it does draw you in. Politics, prejudices and perceptions all change in the land that we believed was Oz. I am curious enough to read Son of A Witch the next book in the series. But it should come with a warning that there are several mature scenes. As my son asked - Can I read it? I said no.... Why he asks... Inappropriate I answer..... Because of cursing he inquires or Shades of Grey? Shades of Grey..... or in this case green. Enough said :) Still a good read even though some of the scenes seem like they are proving the author has a PhD in English.
Date published: 2015-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Challenges your Perspective Note: I watched the musical prior to reading this book. This book was definitely not what I expected. I read the first half and loved the extra background it provided about Elphaba's upbringing. Initially, I did not enjoy the second half of the book as I found it a little strange and very different from the musical (which I loved). However, upon reflection, I really like the perspective of the book. The musical was more of a fairy tale plot but the book has a harsh reality to it. You learn to see the good in Elphaba, but you also see her imperfections and craziness that you question. There's a lot of political power play so the book isn't for everyone. TLDR: It's a really good read if you want something down to earth, with a bit of political power struggles, and digs deep into the flaws and limitations of human nature and our society.
Date published: 2014-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it This is not your dorothy's Oz. I love the story from the Wiches perspective.
Date published: 2014-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Just an overall amazing read! It's really nice to read her side of the story :)
Date published: 2014-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Explains but creates more mystery Some sort of a biography of the wicked witch of the west and explains how she may seemed wicked to people around her at the time she was portrayed in the wizard of oz.
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wicked To long and drawn out
Date published: 2013-12-08

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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

by Gregory Maguire

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.08 in

Published: September 29, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061862312

ISBN - 13: 9780061862311

About the Book

This "New York Times" bestseller--the basis of the Tony Award-winning musical "Wicked"--introduces Elphaba, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who will grow up to become the infamous "Wicked" Witch of the West in Oz. Now, her side of the story is told.

From the Publisher

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>

From the Jacket

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?

Gregory Maguire has created a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again.

About the Author

Gregory Maguire is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofConfessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror;and the Wicked Years, a series that includesWicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men,andOut of Oz. Now a beloved classic,Wickedis the basis for a blockbuster Tony Award–winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Editorial Reviews

"A staggering feat of wordcraft ... would all books with this much innate commercial appeal were also this good." (Los Angeles Times)