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Wicked by Gregory Maguire
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May 08, 2012

it was amazing
Read in May, 2012

Wonderfully, amazingly detailed. Somewhere, I think in the interview at the end of the novel, Maguire says that he had the imagination to look into the nooks and crannies of Oz, and he wasn't lying. He creates the world of Oz so much more than Baum did in the original, that I doubt Baum would recognize anything but the names and geographical locations. But I feel confident that he would approve. Aside from that aspect, I truly felt compelled by the Witch that Macguire creates. She is a new person, a new being, not the evil, conniving beast from the original, but a caring, complicated woman who rises from adversity (and who, with green skin, wouldn't face adversity) to feel compassion and passion for the Animal race in Oz, a compassion that, through various incidences and circumstances, leads to her ultimate demise at the hands of the naive Kansanite, Dorothy. All she wanted was peace, and those damn shoes. Definitely worth the read.
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