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Dark,
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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire

Published: 1996
Paperback : 406 pages
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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Wicked

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Excerpt

From the crumpled bed the wife said, "I think today's the day. Look how low I've gone."

"Today? That would be like you, perverse and inconvenient," said her husband, teasing her, standing at the doorway and looking outward, over the lake, the fields, the forested slopes beyond. He could just make out the chimneys of Rush Margins, breakfast fires smoking. "The worst possible moment for my ministry. Naturally." ... view entire excerpt...

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Was the theme more on politics or religion? Can the two be separated, in history or today?
What was Elphaba passionate about? Did she have a soul? Why did she not relate well with people?
The author seemed to make the characters that appeared good to have hidden evil tendencies and vice versa. Discuss the good and evil in the characters.
by lvenning7 (see profile) 10/23/09

Is Elphaba evil?
Did (insert character) die?
by iamom05 (see profile) 09/26/09

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by Melora4 (see profile) 02/20/17

 
  "Wicked"by jacieh (see profile) 03/17/13

Starts very slow. I think it is a good book club read because of the discussion potential, but it is a hard read and very graphic. Liked but not loved it!

 
  "Wickedly delightful"by toni86 (see profile) 02/03/13

I loved the main character Elphaba, i wanted to be her for halloween...she was just great overall and i actually wanted more for her in the book to just accomplish something great..because she was great..they... (read more)

 
  "Wicked"by nehabc (see profile) 07/30/12

Led to good discussions about what is good/ what is evil, power & politics, animal rights etc..

 
  "Wicked"by cjarrell (see profile) 07/14/11

Too hard to follow.

 
  "Wicked"by wnewcomer (see profile) 06/13/11

 
  "Better in concept than reality"by NoleChica (see profile) 05/06/11

I was really looking forward to reading this book because I liked the idea of getting the Wizard of Oz from the wicked witch of the west's perspective. But this story was much different than what I expected... (read more)

 
  "Horrible"by Mlmelzer (see profile) 02/24/11

This is one of the only books in my life that I didn't finish because I lost interest.

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