Hidden in the Shelves is a feature where I show off a discovery (or rediscovery) that I came across while shelving books for work.
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?
Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.
Summary from Goodreads. I didn’t just discover this. I’ve known about it for a while. It’s more of an “Oh yeah, I should pick that up” type of situation when I see it. I find myself enjoying reimaginings/extensions of old stories even if I don’t like/know the original story so it’s only natural that I want to read Wicked and the rest of the books. I’m not exactly sure what’s holding me back from grabbing it. Maybe it’s because I tried a Gregory Maguire book before (What-The-Dickens) but was pretty bored with it. Maybe it’s because I never really enjoyed The Wizard of Oz and don’t have a great interest in trying the other books.
Have you read the book? Is it good?