A while back we talked about reading and forming an informal family book club… since so many of us have and have not read the book “Wicked” by Gregory Maguire (La, my mom, my sis, and I), we thought that maybe this would be a great book to kick off our family book club for March. I wanted to post a reminder about it for those who may want to pick it up and join us. Basically, you have the entire month of March to read the book and then we can all come back and talk about it and then pick another book. Please, let us know if you will be participating… the more, the merrier!
Here’s a review/description on the book to see if it piques your interest:
Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch of the West, has gotten a bum rap. Her mother is embarrassed and repulsed by her bright-green baby with shark’s teeth and an aversion to water. At college, the coed experiences disapproval and rejection by her roommate, Glinda, a silly girl interested only in clothes, money, and popularity. Elphaba is a serious and inquisitive student. When she learns that the Wizard of Oz is politically corrupt and causing economic ruin, Elphaba finds a sense of purpose to her life?to stop him and to restore harmony and prosperity to the land. A Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, and an unknown species called a “Dorothy” appear in very small roles… The story presents Elphaba in a sympathetic and empathetic manner-readers will want her to triumph! The conclusion, however, is the same as L. Frank Baum’s. The book has both idealism and cynicism in its discussion of social, religious, educational, and political issues present in Oz, and, more pointedly, present in our day and time. The idealism is whimsical and engaging; the cynicism is biting. It is for good readers who like satire, and love exceedingly imaginative and clever fantasy.