"Wicked" Gregory Maguire

Posted on Thu 03 July 2008 in ClubReading

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years)Book Cover. This book carries in it great satire, humor, emotion, depth, anger, love, fear, intrigue . . . and great writing. This is a must read!

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years)Book Cover is one of those rare finds: a new idea. Gregory Maguire takes the story of the Wizard of Oz, and turns it upside down. Wicked tells the story of an intelligent, ostracized, disliked, foibled, political woman. Misunderstood, outraged by religious zealots, forced into hiding and rebellion against a cruel and sadistic government, the Wicked Witch of the West becomes the most likable character in recent fiction.

The mother, Melena, struggles with her convictions and her marriage. She's convinced she married beneath her station. She turns bitter and self-serving and adulterous. She's not prepared for the birth of her daughter, Elphaba, who's horribly deformed. She's green.

Elphaba's father, Frex, is the local minister. He's a strongly convicted man of the cloth. On the eve of Elphaba's birth, Frex is exposed by a magic traveling clock. The clock portrays a scene of Frex's hedonistic nature, and turns the land against him and his family.

The book takes us through a brilliantly conceived biography of a young woman, growing up and learning to deal with her differences, and similarities.

Gregory Maguire has created a very rich and diverse world where Elphaba grows and learns, loves and eventually dies. This book carries in it great satire, humor, emotion, depth, anger, love, fear, intrigue . . . and great writing. This is a must read!