Though I finished the book a couple days ago, I haven’t been able to write about it yet, because I’m not sure how to say what I want to say.
“Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire is one of the hardest books I have ever read. The language and the extensive plot are incredibly complex and I had trouble following the storyline. Embracing the challenge, I finally did finish the book and am happy about that triumph.
With that said, I would only recommend this book to someone who absolutely LOVES to read and is interested in learning the history of the Wicked Witch of the West and her place in Oz. I do admit to a strong sympathy for her now. Following her from birth to death in the novel is quite eye-opening to say the least.
Parts of the story are a bit racy, which surprised me. The themes involve culture, society and religion in addition to magic. You read about Elphaba (the wicked witch), her family which includes two siblings, her peers (including Glinda) and of course the great Wizard of Oz. (Who is just a huge creep, by the way).
The ending suited the book and I am happy to have read and finished it. If you can get past the complexity and you enjoy reading then give it a whirl.
Currently, 30 chapters into “But Inside I’m Screaming” by Elizabeth Flock which I will probably finish tonight. =o)