Reads: Wicked5:30 PM
We all know the story of The Wizard of Oz, how Dorothy and her misfit friends defeated the Wicked Witch, but what we don't know is why the witch was so wicked to begin with. Gregory Maguire creates a history, a recollection of who this "Wicked Witch" is, and how she came to be. Elphaba, as we come to know her, is the person who eventually becomes the witch we are all familiar with, but first she is what everyone else is: A baby.
Elphaba was born green, with razer-sharp teeth. The very first indication that she was, different. Her tale is told primarily through the view-points of others in the novel, and we come to learn just how different she really is, not only from everyone who surrounds her, but from her portrayal in The Wizard of OZ. So who is Elphaba? She is many things; a radical, an atheist, a lover, and wait for it, a friend. Yes, she has family, and friends. She is capable of caring, even loving, others. However, it is not just the witch that we get a healthy dose of knowledge of, but also Oz itself.
This book is quite different than I thought it would be. I figured it would be a fantasy, but it really is so much more. It is also a thriller, and very political. I loved that the book is mostly told from the supporting character's point of views, because it gives really insight on how others would react to Elphaba. From the initial shock of the shade of her green skin, to appreciating her boldness in standing up for her beliefs, and also seeing how much she really does care for those few who she lets into her life.