Throughout the story you learn who the dreaded Wicked Witch of the West really was, a good friend to Glinda, sister to Nessarose (The Wicked Witch of the East), lover to Fiyero, Mother to Liir, a strong willed woman who sympathized with the mistreatment and segregation of the Animals (groups of animals with human spirits..think the Cowardly Lion), and a rebel that wants to over through the Wizard of Oz. I loved the fun play on words and the great names of towns and people in this book.
All in all it was a magical journey and I am looking forward to reading Son of a Witch (about Elphaba's son Liir), and Lion Among Men (about the Cowardly Lion). I also think it would be great fun the read the tales Maguire spins on stories such as Cinderella and Snow White. Look for more reviews to come as my To Be Read list just grew a mile or so longer!!! :)
Book vs. Movie: OK so I know this is a HUGE HUGE Broadway hit and I haven't seen it yet!!!! But I have to say that I would absolutely have to see this if it came in movie format! I wasn't a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz when I was growing up (I mean the flying monkeys scared the hell out of me quite frankly) but this has such adult story lines that I think I would find if very amusing if in fact was done well.
by Gregory Maguire