The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West : A NovelBook - 1996
A special 25th anniversary hardcover edition of the multi-million-copy-bestselling novel and basis of the Tony Award-winning musical.
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.
From the critics
AgeAdd Age Suitability
bibliosara thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over
Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are some Intense Scenes and that was the only one I come across
Sexual Content: Sexual Contents are there and there and but as bad as I thought.
Coarse Language: Swear Words are through out the story, but not overly done.
Sexual Content: Non-explicit scenes, it tends to imply more than it describes.
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"To the grim poor there need be no pour quoi tale about where evil arises; it just arises, it always is. One never learns how the witch became wicked, or whether that was the right choice for her - is it ever the right choice? Does the devil ever struggle yo be good again, or if so is he not a devil? It is at the very least a question of definition." Oatsie Manglehand to the travelers through Kumbricia's Pass.
"The wickedness of men is that their power breeds stupidity and blindness. (Ephaba to Fiyero)
"And of women?"
"Women are weaker, but their weakness is full of cunning and an equally rigid moral certainty. Since their arena is smaller, their capacity for real damage is less alarming. Though being more intimate they are the more treacherous."
"And my capacity for evil?" said Fiyero, feeling implicated and uncomfortable. "And yours?"
"Fiyero's capacity for evil is in believing too strenuously in a capacity for good."
"Mine is in thinking in epigrams."
"That's the real power of art, I think. Not to chide but to provoke challenge." Elphaba to Galinda
"I just think, like our teachers here, if ministers are effective, they're good at asking questions to get you to think. I don't think they're supposed to have the answers. Not necessarily." -Elphaba to Galinda.