The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West : A Novel
Maguire, Gregory (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Item Details

A fable for adults on the subject of destiny and free will by a writer of children's books. It tells the story of Elphaba before she became the Wicked Witch of the West in the land of Oz. The novel traces her career as nun, nurse, pro-democracy activist and animal rights defender.
Authors: Maguire, Gregory
Statement of Responsibility: Gregory Maguire ; illustrations by Douglas Smith
Title: Wicked
the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West : a novel
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, 2007
Characteristics: 538 p. :,ill., maps ;,17 cm.
More » MARC Display»

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Report This Jul 09, 2013
  • Meeeeeee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Complicated book, with a little of religion , live love and politics in it,but a bit difficult to keep track of all the characters.

Report This Jun 03, 2013
  • blue_swallow_11 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Easily the best book i have read all year... Very intricate plot, and it brings the wicked witch to life... If you havent seen the musical, its easily the best musical EVER!!!!

Report This Apr 30, 2013
  • Flute_Love rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Best book I've ever read, although, I got lost a few times and had to go back. and It was a little boring in some parts. If you like fairy tales you will love this book.

Report This Apr 26, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An intricate retelling of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz, moved into the perspective of the allegedly evil Wicked Witch of the West, this complex world is woven from what is accepted as reality combined with the fantastical elements of the world of Oz. I don't think the musical (what I know of it at least) does the novel justice. As epic a scale this novel is trying to reach, readers must be patient enough to get past the first few handfuls of pages to get into the story itself and not the expansion of the universe that is its setting. All good things come to those who wait, and WICKED is very good. I highly recommend this novel, but I don't think reluctant readers will enjoy WICKED as it requires perseverance through those first few pages.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I'm not familiar with the musical at all. Still, I didn't expect the book to be so... political. The complicated politics and race oppression of the various regions of Oz are imaginative, but the the Witch, as a title character, is under-developed and the frequent talk of the nature of evil and of the soul, hackneyed.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Bettyboophume rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Unfortunately while a potentially great premise, tremendously boring. I'm not quite sure how this was managed as the idea has merit and could have been better worked up

I just finished this book, I have heard about it for ages. It was a good book although sometimes it was hard to keep attention because it kept jumping through time and characters without much explaination.

Report This Oct 24, 2012
  • thewrittenpage rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I, very reluctantly, read this book after receiving it as a gift. Much to my surprise I enjoyed reading it and found it to be a quick and intriguing.

I thought the book was well written, and interesting from cover to cover. It was nice getting to know the character of the Wicked witch of the west and her thoughts about the character Dorothy. The events near the end seemed a bit confused and desparate but overall I found this a good read.

Report This May 26, 2012
  • abiery rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Wicked is more of a philosophical treatise on evil than a novel. The characters are well-developed, but nothing ever really seems to happen. It wasn't awful, but I would only recommend it to readers who enjoy pondering politics and religion more than plot twists.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability

Report This Apr 30, 2013
  • Flute_Love rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Flute_Love thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Report This Nov 24, 2012
  • jplesko97 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

jplesko97 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

orange_cat_2189 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add a Notice

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"I'm no pawn," said Glinda. "I take all the credit in the world for my own foolishness. Good gracious, dear, all of life is a spell. You know that. But you do have some choice."


Add a Video

Report This Dec 16, 2011
  • rslade rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

"Popular" - from "Wicked"

A mashup of the different productions of "Wicked."

Find it at NYPL


Other Formats

Buy It Now

Support your library, keep it forever!

View Purchase Options Learn more about this program

Your Cart

Hello! We noticed you have the following items in your cart right now:

If you'd still like to purchase the items you have in your cart, you can do that now.

You'll be able to purchase your eBook after you have checked out your current cart.

To continue with your eBook purchase immediately, you can clear your cart by clicking below.

All items will be removed from your cart.

I'd like to keep browsing! I'll decide later.

Explore Further

Browse the Shelf

Subject Headings


Powered by BiblioCommons.