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Wicked
Wicked
by Gregory Maguire
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.44
235 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars A Wicked Treat..., July 14 2001
This review is from: Wicked (Paperback)
This novel presents a disturbing and provocative view of Oz from the Wicked Witch of the West's perspective. Finally deemed worthy of a name, readers follow the life of Elphaba as she grows from a neglected infant to a much misunderstood woman murdered by a cold mercenary from Kansas. Author Gregory Maguire paints a bleak, cynical picture of Oz filled with secret police, racism, oppression, sadism and more. This isn't the fairy tale from your childhood...
Overall the book is thought-provoking and extremely rich in language and imagery. It's a treat to read. The exploration of morality is compelling and the conflict between good versus evil is reduced almost to a debate between semantics. In some ways it's possible to compare Wicked to Lolita in the way the evil of the central character is humanized.
Not so much bound together by a story, the book explores a darker side of Oz by outlining its history. Expect the book to offer a wealth of ideas and images rather than a page-turning plot. In many ways, the novel is poetic in nature.
I enjoyed it thoroughly and recommend it. Oz is less enjoyable now that I am an adult and the debate Maguire raises in Wicked is more compelling, in some ways, than the black-and-white morally clear world Baum painted for my childhood.

Little Wizard Stories Of Oz
Little Wizard Stories Of Oz
by L. Frank Baum
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 21.74
39 used & new from CDN$ 0.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of the originals, March 24 1998
All the Books of Wonder Oz books are fantastic recreations of the originals with all their color plates and cover art. Even the typeface and page counts are the same. If you're a collector and can't afford to drop $300 on a beat-up copy of the original, this series is a must! Little Wizard Stories also is a rare find... I've never seen an original and was delighted when Books of Wonder produced this collection.

The Scarecrow of Oz (Books of Wonder Series)
The Scarecrow of Oz (Books of Wonder Series)
28 used & new from CDN$ 15.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Great reproduction of the original, March 24 1998
All the Books of Wonder Oz books are fantastic recreations of the originals with all their color plates and cover art. Even the typeface and page counts are the same. If you're a collector and can't afford to drop $300 on a beat-up copy of the original, this series is a must!

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