Wicked: The Lives and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire was a good old fashioned read. Electronic reads are handy, you can bring a lot more books with you but nothing compares to the weight, smell, and feel of a real book. This one’s been sitting on my shelf for years waiting for me to have the time to enjoy each and every word.
I will admit it, I’m in my late forties and those blasted flying monkeys in the movie still freak me out. Luckily flying monkeys failed to terrify me in Wicked. Instead what was waiting for me between the covers of the book was an incredible character study of the Wicked Witch of the West. Not just the scary movie screen witch that torments Dorothy but instead it is the life story, from birth to death.
What makes a person evil? Is it their actions, their perceived actions, or do circumstances unfold to force said “evil” individual into a corner where they have no other choice? In a story that is at once so familiar it’s like your favorite pair of jammies, you will discover a completely different perspective. You will begin to question everything you know about Oz, Dorothy, and Glinda.
Five stars out of five for taking something familiar and turning the story upside down. If it’s sitting in your To Be Read stack, do yourself a favor and grab it and settle in for a good winters read fir a couple of days.