The nature of evil is at the center of Maguire’s Wicked. On this side of the tale, our famed Wicked Witch of the West starts out as a rather green, precocious child, and later becomes an intelligent young woman who only wants to see justice done. We get a real sense of Oz beyond the yellow brick road, its people and the wizard himself; Dorothy enters only at the end. Anyway, Baum’s Dorothy was a nauseating girl, so I was happy to read that Maguire’s Dorothy was portrayed accurately – with little character and almost no mind of her own.

Book Review

Book Review: Wicked by Gregory Maguire

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