Sunday, December 18, 2011
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Wicked tells what happened in Oz before Dorothy got there - the story of Glinda, who becomes known as the good witch and Elphaba, who becomes known as the wicked witch of the west. See, Elphaba wasn't born wicked and what she ended up as explores the concepts of good and evil. Was she wicked? Or was she misunderstood? Can her actions be explained and justified?
I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of the world that Maguire created. The politics of and differences between the many regions of Oz were all so real and so believable - fueled by the same emotions that politics in our world are led by.
The characters were all so well-defined and, again, so real. I could feel what Elpie felt at her college, I could understand that she wanted to do something about the injustice.
It was so much more than a fairy tale and I didn't expect it to be.
I loved it and want to re-read it and also read everything else Maguire has written. I love being transported into a different world like that.
Definitely high on my favorites list for 2011.