Wicked: The Life And Times Of The Wicked Witch Of The West by Gregory Maguire
I’m as tired as Dorothy was walking for weeks on the Yellow Brick Road after reading this book, and nowhere near as excited. I was incredibly impressed at what I learned about the Yellow Brick Road itself – the politics surrounding its existence, the lands it travels through and those it does not, and the famous city at its end – but unlike Dorothy, all the people I met along the way were boring, difficult to understand, without motivation, and emotionless. Wicked is a beautiful world, but there’s nobody home.
When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?