Rory’s Book Club Review: “Wicked: The Life & Times of the Wicked Witch of the West”

My next stop on Rory’s booklist was “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire. This book was rated 4 stars on Amazon, so my review probably won’t be popular. So just let me remind you, that I am me, and the world loves me. I had heard the soundtrack to the musical several times so I was excited to read the book.

It was a good book in that it had pages and words, and that’s about all I liked about it. The concept is unique, but I couldn’t help thinking how much better it could be. I love the idea of telling The Wicked Witch of the West’s story, but she wasn’t lovable and Glenda the good witch wasn’t hate-able. It did away with all concept of good and bad and just showed people as human, which was probably the idea because it made it very realistic. Personally, I read to escape, so I don’t want to read about people acting like ordinary people. If I wanted to see boring, crude people who I couldn’t like or hate, I would go outside. It definitely was a not kid friendly book and I thought at times just plain gross. I felt like it alternated between being boring and disgusting. There were a few good quotes and ideas and by a few I mean two. If it was the last book in the world I would read it again but probably not until then.



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3 thoughts on “Rory’s Book Club Review: “Wicked: The Life & Times of the Wicked Witch of the West”

  1. Diana

    Thanks for commenting on my blog.

    I’m about to start Wicked on audiobook this week, so I’ll have my guard up. No chance it was bad in a good way?

  2. Lorelei

    Ha, no it was bad in a makes you want to poke your eyes out with a fork way. It will be intersting to see what you think of it.

  3. Rhiannon

    I loved Wicked. I thought it was a magnificent portrayl of human nature and a fascinating charecter study. While it certaintly portrayed charecters more realisticly than many novels, ecspecially for it being in the fantasy genra, I find it interesting that you see that as a weaker point of the novel. I also disagree with your evaluation that it did away with all concepts of good and evil–the entire book is a study of the nature of good and evil, and just because there wasnt a clearly defined villian, does not by my standards mean that it did away with all good and evil. (Ecspecially as the wizard provides a main antagonist in the story who leads a genocide but is motivated by hunger for power rather than malicious thought like other steroytipical villians…)

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