Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Opportunity for the Other side

Dorothy's deepest desire to return to Kanas lead to the demise of the Wicked Witch. In Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire tells how the witch became the evil woman we know from Frank L Baum's stories and MGM's production. Elphba, the witch, was born with green skin. Ever think of suffering through childhood with that affliction? The reader discovers how she deals with that, along with her sexually promiscuous mother, her fanatically religious missionary father and her armless sister. She desires to be her own person, to make her own choices. Inspite of her father's teaching, she grows up believing that she has no soul. Mr. Maguire incorporates charming elements that will tickle the fancy of fans and adds layers to the story that make it more than the cut and dry tale of MGM studios. Definitely worth the time.

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