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ISBN: 0061862320
Author: Gregory Maguire
Language: English
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reissue edition (September 29, 2009)
Pages: 352
Category: Action & Adventure
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 452
Size Fb2: 1771 kb
Size ePub: 1503 kb
Size Djvu: 1584 kb
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The Wicked Years continue in Gregory Maguire’s Son of a Witch -the heroic saga of the hapless yet determined young man who may or may not be the offspring of the fabled Wicked Witch of the West.

The Wicked Years continue in Gregory Maguire’s Son of a Witch -the heroic saga of the hapless yet determined young man who may or may not be the offspring of the fabled Wicked Witch of the West. A New York Times bestseller like its predecessor.

I could read volume after volume of the middle bits of his stories

I could read volume after volume of the middle bits of his stories.

Part of Wicked Years series by Gregory Maguire. Sister Apothecaire sniffed. The two didn’t like to agree on anything, but she couldn’t help it. She nodded her head. There may be more to learn, she added. In the better years I make three or four separate runs, and we’re talking twelve, fifteen, eighteen years ago? I have packed more than a few children onto heaps of worldly goods, and buried some by the side of the track as well. But he was a quiet lad, unsure of himself.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West is a novel published in 1995, written by Gregory Maguire and illustrated by Douglas Smith

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West is a novel published in 1995, written by Gregory Maguire and illustrated by Douglas Smith.

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In this captivating New York Times bestseller, beloved author Gregory Maguire returns to the land ofOz and introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. At the Cloister of Saint Glinda the silent novice Candle tends to him, willing him back to life with her unusual musical gifts

Son of a Witch also made Wicked seem better and more understandable. Enough so that I picked up the follow-up book, Son of a Witch.

Son of a Witch also made Wicked seem better and more understandable. and by now I've seen the musical and forgotten elements of the first book (which are definitely radically changed for the musical). My overall feeling is that Son of a Witch has way too much going on and isn't terribly focused.

The Wicked Years continue in Gregory Maguire’s Son of a Witch—the heroic saga of the hapless yet determined young man who may or may not be the offspring of the fabled Wicked Witch of the West. A New York Times bestseller like its predecessor, the remarkable Wicked, Son of a Witch follows the boy Liir on his dark odyssey across an ingeniously re-imagined and nearly unrecognizable Land of Oz—a journey that will take him deep into the bowels of the Emerald City, lately abandoned by the Wizard, and into the jaws of dragons. At once a grim fairy tale and an uplifting adventure, Son of a Witch is a true wonder.

Comments:

Vinainl
I find Maguire's writing to be self-indulgent, and often needlessly vague. He creates complex, deep characters and then refuses to reveal them to his reader. He sets up subplots that don't seem to go anywhere. He created a fully-developed world with a political scheme, mythology, and socioeconomic structure, then forces you to try and guess what is happening with it based on his chosen narrator's limited point of view.

Elphaba was intriguing. Her "son" is uninteresting and grumbling, stumbling through this interesting world without bothering to share it with the reader. This book was frustrating, and ultimately unsatisfying for me. Sort of like ordering food because the picture on the menu was gorgeous, but when it arrives it was obviously heated in a microwave after being left on the counter too long.
Daigrel
At the beginning of the book, Liir is found unconscious by stagecoach driver Oatsie Manglehand and is brought to the nunnery to recuperate. The head nun recognized Liir as being the same boy that had gone off with Elphaba many years before. While at the convent, Liir was cared for by Candle, who played a string instrument that caused memories of the past to surface. Thus, we find out much of what happened to Liir from the time he left the convent, as a boy, and the time he returned unconscious. From the first book, we know that Liir had remained with Elphaba at Kiamo Ko, the home of her lover, Fiyero, with Fiyero's family; they remain after the family is kidnapped. At the end of the first book, Elphaba has been killed inadvertently by Dorothy. This leaves Liir to fend for himself and to try and discover who he is, since Elphaba has not told him anything, because she, herself, is unaware of all the circumstances of Liir's birth. Interwoven with Liir's own story are the politics and religions of Oz. There has been much fighting among the different groups of Oz, because the Wizard has instigated suspicions between the groups, so he could go in and acquire the resources of those areas. The book is a page turner because you want to find out what has happened to Liir and how the politics of Oz affects the trajectory of Liir's life after he leaves the convent upon his recovery. Throughout his various wanderings and work situations, Liir looks for Nor, one of Fiyero's daughters, whom he bonded with at Kiamo Ko. If she were still alive, she could be in the Southstairs prison, a horrible place from which very few escaped, and many were never seen again. This creates suspense as to if Nor is still alive and where she is. Many characters come and go throughout the book, each filling in a part of Liir's background and leading him to his eventual path in life.
showtime
I just finished the audio cd of "Wicked" and enjoyed it so much I turned around and bought the audio cd of "Son of a Witch." From the very first cd I was struggling to get through not only the reading of the book, but the storyline. I know a few folks said to hang in there, it gets better, but it was hard to stay motivated. I finished, but only to see it through to the end!

First, Gregory Maguire reads this version and to be honest, I was sorely missing John Mcdonough from the "Wicked" audio cd. While I can understand the author wanting to read his own work, his tone was dry and incredibly flat, while his rythym was choppy. He followed each word with a pause as if the reader would get lost if he didn't read slowly enough. Perhaps if I had not heard Mcdonough's version so recently I would not have such a strong opinion here, but this bordered on painful.

The storyline, as others have pointed out, leaves a lot to be desired. I read a review in the hardcover section by someone that said they were surprised it got past the publisher. I agree with that assessment. Although Liir's character was being developed and this was a sort of bildungsroman, the story didn't manage to keep me interested enough in him to really want to know his story. Yes, we had a preconceived idea of the Witch and that kept us going in "Wicked", but so did the storytelling. The storytelling here focuses too heavily on small and seemingly unimportant or forgettable details about characters that are never resolved clearly than it does on developing even the most basic of personalities for Liir himself. While the lack of his outward personality made sense because he was finding himself and the fact that he had so little experience with the outside world, his inner thoughts were mostly uninteresting and that, I felt, was a missed opportunity for Maguire. Where the reader could have really felt something for Liir was in those moments of inner pain, inner discovery, etc..and I didn't feel the connection to him. This is not to say I felt a strong connection to Elphaba, but I think the storytelling of Elphaba's charater was far more interesting and that made me keep reading and wanting to know what the outcome of her story was. I did not have that same desire with Liir - I jsut didn't care what happened to him or if he found Nor and if Pricess Nastoya was cured or not.

Overall, if you loved "Wicked" you might still enjoy "Son of a Witch" but I would buy the hardcover, rather than purchase the audio cd for this one. The story itself does have its redeeming moments, but this is not going to be a one size fits all.

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