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  • Published: New York : ReganBooks, 1995.
  • Year Published: 1995
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 406 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 890

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0061350966
  • 0060745908 (includes reader's gd.) :
  • 0060987103 :
  • 0060391448 :



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Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West

by Maguire, Gregory.

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Call number: Fantasy

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I will admit ~ I couldn't finish the book. It just didn't work for me but I love the musical! Maybe I need to try it again...

Dark Side

Maguire investigates the dark side of this well known story, and on a deeper level, the dark side of society. Chalk full of allegories, some more pleasant than others, Wicked makes you think if one person or action is any worse than the other, when looked at from a different angle. It can be a bit dark and his use of language made me check in with the dictionary from time to time, but it's a very entertaining novel.

A real page-turner

Wicked reminds me most of an allegorical tale of Germany and Europe during the rule of the Nazis. How can people be so evil? Why do we perpetrate such atrocities against people who should be (and in some cases actually are) our brothers and sisters. The "witch's" descent into madness is heartbreaking, and this is certainly not a light read. Still, I couldn't put it down.


Not a very good book, but if you ever get the chance see the muscial.


this is the book of what happened in oz before dorothy showed up, and how the wicked witch of the west and the good fairy became what they are...awesome mmusical, but i haven't read the book...

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