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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
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Dec 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2005, 2011
Read from December 25 to 26, 2011

The original from 1900, and the one they based the movie on. Baum's writing is like poetry in places, and the imagery is so powerful. Lots of nightmarish details in the best Grimm's tradition that they left out of the film, like giant spiders, the Hammer-Heads and delicate china people, the Wicked Witch of the West only has one eye (and sends wolves, crows and black bees to kill the travelers), and the Tin Man used to be a real man, but his enchanted ax cut off his limbs one by one and they were replaced with tin ones by a tinsmith (and to think Hollywood balked at that). And Dorothy's magic shoes were silver (but ruby worked better in Technicolor). I wonder how many fantasy writers Baum has influenced?
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