Friday Review: Working on a Tough Read

I am working my way through Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I’m finding it a tough read. I can’t say too much about the story, or even the characters, right now, but the language and flow of the book are a bit dragging. It certainly is interesting to see things from the point of view of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz. There seem to be some revelations in store, and the expansion of some of the inhabitants and lands inside Oz is interesting.

There seems to be the often used theme of evil not always being what it is made out to be, and surely Elphaba didn’t have the best start to her life. Where she goes and how she deals with her problems remains to be seen.

I’m not saying I don’t like it. I haven’t made up my mind. But it is reading far more slowly than I expected. Whether that turns out to be a plus or minus depends. I can say that it is, so far, an imaginative telling of the story of a character most of us have always thought to be simply a bad witch. Perhaps there is something more?