Saturday, September 27, 2008


You can now read online Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire.

Wicked is a work of fantasy whose antecedents lie in L Frank Baum's Land of Oz. This, however, is the fantasy tale all grown up. It still possesses the anarchic, fragmented, half-random dream quality of its youth but now with an added adult edge.

We learn, for instance, that it was Queen Ozma the Scarcely Beloved who overtaxed the farmers in order to pay for building the yellow brick road.


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