Wicked – Gregory Maguire

Oct 06

Wicked – Gregory Maguire

Can you be in love with an inanimate object? Pretty sure I am currently falling in love, all over again, with Gregory Maguire‘s Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. I read this book about 6 years ago and absolutely loved it. This was a shocker, as I am not a huge Wizard of Oz fan. Folks warned me that the vocabulary was too esoteric and the characters muddled and confusing. Not the case. We follow Elphaba (The Wicked Witch) from birth. Dad is a preacher and Mom is decidedly freaked out due to the question of the actual father, the green skin, and the scary sharp teeth. As Elphaba grows into a young woman, she ends up, as most young women do, in a college setting. Here she meets Galinda, who is counting on her looks to get her by. Elphaba leaves school and falls in love. Due to violent circumstances, she heads to a nunnery for a chunk of time. We travel with her down her path to becoming a “Witch” and her eventual meeting with that gal from Kansas. The book works on about 900 different levels; it is a love story, a tale of good vs. evil, a political commentary, a religious analysis, a documentation of friendship, a questioning of the treatment of “O”thers, and a major lesson in not judging a book by the cover. Perhaps I am way too excited about this book because the best boyfriend ever is taking me to see this performed on Broadway.

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