Sunday, January 8, 2012
#184 Make a list of 100 books I want to read and read them all!
#23 Wicked by Gregory Maguire
I don't even know where to begin with this review. I have mixed feelings about Wicked. I enjoyed the fantasy aspect of the novel, but there is too much going on. There are way too many themes-- family; good vs. evil; Existence of a soul; religion; communism; revolution; greed; revenge etc. It seems like Maguire was trying too hard for his novel to become a great studied novel with all the themes going on. Maybe I am a little disappointed because I thought Wicked was going to be this AMAZING book and it's been on my reading list for a while - it just isn't what I thought it was going to be like.
I really wanted to know why the witch was green. Unfortunately, it is never answered so if you are picking up Wicked to know why the Wicked Witch is green, don't bother.
The book is not like the play either, so if that's the reason why you are reading this Wicked, again, I would suggest not reading.
I do like the map that was drawn in the inside. Reminded me of Lord of the Rings. Because I was reading Wicked on my kindle I didn't see the map until the very end of the novel. Maybe the map could have made me visualize better where everything was happening. What can I say, I am a sucker for pictures even at the age of 22.
If you enjoy fantasy, or even really liked the movie "The Wizard of Oz", I believe you will at least enjoy Wicked. You may not LOVE it, or the book may be disappointing, but it's a pretty good story (besides all the unanswered questions..."why is the witch green?", "Did she really kill Madame Morrible?" "Why does Nessarose have no arms?" Who is the Wizard and where is he from?").