Book of the Week – Wicked

Wicked by Gregory Maguire.

Wicked. Credit Google Images

I have been wanting to read Wicked since I saw the musical a few years ago. I was proactive, as soon as I found the novel in my local bookstore I scooped it up. The only problem was my laziness and the novel sat on my bookshelf for three years.

Once I started I was blown away by how Maguire described Elphaba‘s life before becoming the Wicked Witch of the West. From her beginnings in Munchkinland to her schooling at Shiz University, Maguire takes you on a intense journey. With green skin and harsh wit, Elphaba stands out from among the rest of the girls her age.

This is where the novel took a turn for the boring. Part Two is Elphaba’s lost years, building her awareness and trying to find retribution for her earlier sins. While this time is important it did not need to be the majority of the novel. The conclusion is exactly as you would expect it to be, nothing more nothing less.

I enjoyed the first part of this novel and recommend reading if only for that. It is an interesting look at a very misunderstood character and shows a side of a villain you wouldn’t have expected.


An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn’t so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.

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