Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory MaguireSubtitled "The life and times of the wicked witch of the west", Gregory Maguire's Wicked falls into a fascinating sub-genre of novels that revisit well-known stories as much in the spirit of criticism as homage. He draws on elements from the sequels Baum wrote to his original, but also tells a story that reads just as well for people who only know Oz through the Judy Garland film. Baum, writing a fairy tale for children, sketched his Oz leaving blanks to be filled, populating his fantasy world with talking animals, Munchkins, witches, flying monkeys and whatever else came to mind. Maguire, a century later, makes sense of Baum's whims, creating a credible Oz for grown-ups, with religion, politics, racial tensions, an economy, mythology, humour and sex. Often, Baum's lax plotting spins off into affecting stretches of story. Like Rhys and Needle, Maguire takes the point of view of an apparent villain.
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And your little dog too! So, in , when Gregory Maguire published Wicked , he was confronting a cultural touchstone deeply embedded in the psyches and nightmares of generations of moviegoers. And not just confronting it, but turning it on its head. She is you and I. Given that it was a re-imagining of L.
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The Wicked Witch of the West revealed as an idealistic victim? The green-skinned harridan played by Margaret Hamilton unmasked as the dermatologically challenged product of a dysfunctional family? The scourge of Oz depicted as a dissident, a brave fighter against a totalitarian regime? Maguire is deadly serious, and that he has produced a book that's deadly dull. His theme seems to be that "people who claim that they're evil are usually no worse than the rest of us. Certainly as one of America's most beloved classics of children's literature, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is a natural target for literary recyclers.