Emily O's Reviews > Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Wicked by Gregory Maguire
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Aug 23, 09

bookshelves: fantasy
Read in July, 2005

I found this book to be very good, if at times a little slow going. I read it when I was too young to really understand it, and I intend on re-reading it when I find the time.
I think that the main point of this book is to show that, over her life, Elphaba never had one defining moment when she chose to be evil or wicked. Somehow, imperceptibly during the story, she became the wicked witch. But was this her doing, or was she just a pawn of destiny, magic, and prophesy? I don't know the answer, and I hope that reading it again will give me new insight.
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Brad Or there is the other possibility that Elphaba was never really wicked at all -- only perceived as wicked by those who controlled popular opinion.

Amanda You SHOULD re-read it! The second time around is astounding!

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