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Wicked The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Paperback)

Author:  Gregory/ Smith Maguire Illustrator:  Douglas Smith
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0060745908
ISBN-13: 9780060745905
Sku: 36288274
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 2.25T
Pages:  409
Age Range:  NA
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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.

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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.

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A take-off on "The Wizard of Oz," "Wicked" describes the attempt of a witch named Elphaba to live forthrightly in a totalitarian Oz.

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"I fell quickly and totally under the spell of this remarkable, wry, and fully realized story....Elphaba--the Wicked Witch of the West--is as scary as ever, but this time in a different way; She's undeniably human. She's us." - Wally Lamb

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"A glorious frolic, a feast of language, a study of good and evil, and a massive history of the fabulous land of Oz." - Jane Langton

Press Materials
"Funny and serious, pulsing with imaginative energy and encompassing political thriller and moral reflection, this is truly a fabulous novel." - Jill P. Walsh

Press Materials
"Starting with the 'Wizard of Oz' material, Gregory Maguire has added greater depths and different facets, creating something altogether different and unique. It's a magnificent work, a genuine tour de force." - Lloyd Alexander

Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Would that all books with this much innate consumer appeal were also this good. And vice versa." - Robert Rodi 10/29/1996

Kirkus Reviews
"[The heroine's] journey...is a captivating, funny, and perceptive look at destiny, personal responsibility, and the not-always-clashing beliefs of faith and magic." 08/15/1996

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0409
Product attributePublisher:   ReganBooks
Product attributeSeries Part:   01
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