Thursday, March 30, 2006

 

#13: Wicked


I finally finished to book Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I've been trying to finish the book for quite sometime now and I'm happy to report I'm done with it. It was a tiresome and often times confusing read. I know several people who have read this book and loved it. Unfortunately, I don't think I can even say I really liked it. I tried to like it everytime I turned the page, and I tried to ignore the weirdness of it, but until the very end I was ready for it to end. For those who don't know what this book is about, it is the story of the Wicked Witch of the West's life and death told from a point of view that is fairly sympathetic to the Witch. Maguire did an excellent job making the story believable and working in the details we all remember from the classic Wizard of Oz story. Wicked was also packed full of political, social and religious ponderings. It was just so dark and depressing and weird (did I say that already) that I couldn't really enjoy it. I will say this though, the story told in Wicked has been made into a very popular musical and before I started the book I enjoyed the music from the musical. I still really want to see the musical someday. I just hope its not quite as strange as the book.

Comments:
My co-worker and I just had a discussion about trying to get through this book the other day. She has beent trying for more than year... I have only been at it a month. I plan to make myself finish, I am stubborn that way, but nice to know I am not the only one struggling.
 
Let me know if you need any encouragement! I've only heard people say they love the book so I was suprised how hard it was for me to read. I started it right at the begining of the year and it took 3 months.
 
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