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The visuals are stunning. It is more dramatic ("surrender Dorothy") and better structured to build drama and tell the story. In the book, things happen and then are resolved in the next chapter. In the film, things build and build to a much more spectacular climax. And then the flying monkeys are so much more terrifying than in the book, one of the greatest villains of film history.
Yes, the film can't cover all the extra material of the entire series, (especially the political subtexts) and the later character evolution, but on a film vs the first book of the series comparison, the film is vastly superior in my opinion.(less)
Dorothy Gale and her little dog Toto are swept away by a tornado from Kansas all the way to the Land of Oz. With a little help from the Witch of the North, Dorothy and Toto set off down a road paved with yellow bricks in search of the City of Emeralds and the Wizard of Oz, a man said to have the power to help Dorothy find her way back to Kansas.
The cyclone had set the house down, very gently - for a cyclone ...more
The Wizard of Oz as An Economic Parable: A Short Introduction
This might be common knowledge or it might not be. Some economics textbooks claim this is a wonderfully esoteric nugget: The story of Oz was an economic parable. Take that, all you who said economics can't be fun.
Redistributions of wealth caused by unexpected changes in the price level are often a source of political turmoil. From 1880 to 1896 the price level in the United States fell 23 percent. This deflation was good for Haves (cred ...more
I really, really liked this book! I honestly had pretty low expectations going into this book and thought it wouldn't compare at all to the greatness of the 1939 movie (which is one of my favorite movies), but I was wrong. It was one of the best children's classics that I've ever read and I even loved how it wasn't that similar to the movie, so it kept me interested. I also had a beautiful hardcover Puffin Classics edition, so that make the experience even better! All in all, ...more
The book is worth reading, not least because it differs in some major ways from the film adaptation. The biggest difference is that the whole dream sequence scenario, in which people from Kansas are transmogrified into figures of fantasy, is entirely absent. Dorothy wears Silver Shoes, not Ruby Slippers ...more
Dorothy is a young girl who lives with her aunts in a small farm in Kansas. Due to a tornado, she is catapulted with her house in a freaky village...
Dorothy's journey, which I discovered at 38 thanks to my daughter and to the well-established habit of reading something to her before going to bed, begins in this way. The thing that impressed me most about this wonderful story is that the title "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is rather misleading. Yes,...more
The fantasy elements are all rather ordinary. There’s a secret world beyond that of our own; this is a standard trope of the genre. C.S Lewis would soon follow suit and inspire later generations. But the point is the Land of Oz is just weird.
Seems like a bland criticism, though the entire point of the plot is to have good triumph over evil. But what is evil? Beyond the actual name of the antagonist, the Wicked Witch of the West, we don’t act ...more
I want to get some ...more
Perhaps we could savor all the violence but have a much more abridged version with the following:
Although I usually prefer the original books over their movie adaptions, I have to hand it to the film this time. The Wizard of Oz took the best from the source material and embellished what was missing, adding what they needed to in order to create a truly magical experience that has endured to this day.
The book an ...more
شكلت تلك الرواية جزء ثابت من طفولتنا ..لمن قراها ولمن شاهد الفيلم. .الابطال محملين برموز..
فخيال الماتة هو الفلاح المتهم في ذكاؤه..مهما كانت اهميته..ورجل الصفيح يرمز للعامل ومعانته من الآلية والجمود ..اما الأسد فهو السياسي المرتعد للأبد من فقدان منصبه .. ولا اتذكر حقا الى ماذا ترمز دوروثي
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MOST of us have read L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and have enjoyed it. Many of us have also seen the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" which has been adapted from the book. So I am not going to write a review of the book or provide you any details about Dorothy, her pet dog Toto or any of her friends -- The Scarecrow, The Tin Woodman and The Cowardly Lion. I will just recount to you an incident from my schoolboy days which has great relevanc ...more
Flawless piece of literature? Nope. But then again is there even such a thing as a flawless book?
Thought-provoking? Nope. Well, not anymore. Maybe when it came out it was. Probably.
Groundbreaking? Yeah, kinda. In its own way.
Simplistic prose and tropes? Sure, love it! Just as much as I love hard, complicated and even purple prose and seen-before tropes. Just because you've read the same trope time and time again doesn't make it suddenly horribl ...more
It isn't bad. It really isn't, but it is not great either. It's nowhere near great. I wish I could say I was baffled by how this became the worldwide sensation it became, but that would be a lie. On stage and on film, The Wizard of Oz has become THE go-to kids entertainment of the last 80-odd years. It is so pervasive as to be a sort of children's propaganda entertainmen ...more
Read a book that was made into a movie
I think everyone has seen the movie or the musical or both, so unless you've been living under a rock or in an apocalyptic shelter for the p ...more
The original book by L. Frank Baum was published in 1900. Since then there have been numerous reprints of the book, plus movies, TV series, and stage shows.
You only have to put ‘Wizard of Oz’ into any search engine and it will bring up many, many sites that sell memorabilia. I wonder though ...more
Update: Thanks, I just got a like on my abbreviated review above^.
This was one of the few books I owned as a child (literally one of a few. I had 3 books. Other than that I read Child Craft the World Book Encyclopedia, my dad's collection of Zane G ...more
Whether they are fans of Judy Garland and "Over the Rainbow" or prefer the current $20million black film with Diana Ross and "No Bad News," almost all Americans know the characters from "The Wizard of Oz." But few are aware that t ...more
The Wizard of Oz is the timeless tale of a young girl named Dorothy from a drab Kansas who is transported by a cyclone to the colorful and magical land of Oz. From the moment Dorothy's house lands in Oz, her only desire is to return to Kansas and her Aunt Em. Along the way to the Emerald City to get help from the Wizard, she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion, and they accompany her with hopes of receiving their own requests.
The story is simply written with imag ...more
My knowledge of the book had come from the 1939 film and from reading the revisionist version Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.
Neither of these are very close to the original classic by author L. Frank Baum. I can well understand why this popular story resulted in so many sequels and a successful career for Mr. Baum.
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Lyman Frank Baum was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker best known as the creator, along with illustrator W. W. Denslow, of one of the most popular books in American children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, better known today as simply The Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a pleth ...more