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Son of a Witch

by Gregory Maguire

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Series: The Wicked Years (2)

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I've read quite a few of Maguire's books. He has a suggestive style that really works well with retelling fairy tales. I worked through this book, and I was entertained but I was not swept up in it. I may try the the third in the series to see how that goes. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
This was actually a harder book to read than its predecessor, [b:Wicked|37442|Wicked The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West|Gregory Maguire|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51WuYKK3vEL._SL75_.jpg|1479280]. The narrator was quite apathetic throughout most of the book, not caring much about one thing or another. What I did like was the subtle homo-erotic sex scene, but you have to pay attention to even realize there was one. But what I certainly didn't like was the narrator completely forgetting about his original goal. He totally goes off into his own world, leaving the reader lacking any real ending.

Read it if you like Gregory Maguire. If not, then nah.

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  jms001 | Jun 14, 2015 |
Son of a Witch is a great sequel to Wicked. You find out what Liir gets into right after Elphaba's death and decades after with one thing on his mind, Nor. This book definitely has more of a plot than Wicked that doesn't just fizzle out constantly. Son of a Witch also made Wicked seem better and more understandable. Elphaba always wanted to accomplish something for the Animals and against the government of Oz but she didn't in a sense, plans were ruined, stuff came up and so on but her ideas live on in Liir and he does accomplish something whether he meant to or not. The only disappointment I had is that Nor is his driving force for a lot of the things he does and all we get in the end is that she is alive, no meeting, he doesn't actually find her just realizes some handwriting he saw in the city was hers. Kind of let down. I loved how he found out he is for sure he is Elphaba's son, his daughter is green! No confusing that lol, His entire life he wasn't sure and dismissed it, but now he knows. I definitely plan to finish the series. ( )
  GrlIntrrptdRdng | May 14, 2015 |
Not quite as good as Wicked, but still a decent sequel. It ends on a very satisfying note. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Mar 27, 2015 |
not as robust or rich as Wicked but still a compelling read. surprisingly so, because it has little plot. i’m not familiar enough with Baum’s Oz to say whether or not Maguire is still following the storyline as he did in Wicked but it might account for some of the peculiarities of the way this story unfolds.

nevertheless, Maguire’s elocution is rich even if his plot isn’t and it can be read and enjoyed at that level if nothing else. in fact, that’s what i had to do -be carried along by chewing on the word choice- to enjoy this book. there were so many characters and subplots and backstories and descriptions of Maguire’s version of Oz in Wicked that the entire book was full and satisfying as a complete tale. Son of a, in contrast, seems scant or overly stretched like there wasn’t enough content to extend the entire length of the book and M had to make do.

Liir is certainly an interesting character and Maguire does well in keeping his parentage dubious and yet obvious as Liir says and does things that sound more and more like Elphaba. the story may be a bit sparse in spots but the characters are whole individuals not easily forgotten. i cared about each one very quickly and learned something about Oz each time they took center stage.

do i want to read more about this Oz? yes, i find that i do. in many ways, Maguire’s Oz reminds me of Tolkien’s Middle Earth -a fantasy land come true with every gritty detail there to be experienced if only one wants to. compelling stuff.
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  keebrook | Mar 10, 2015 |
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''Son of a Witch" is vintage Maguire, thoroughly entertaining even at its darkest. Oz is as complex and satisfying a fantastic world as ever, wonderfully described, from the steam rising out of the marshes to the sloe-eyed young homeless on the Emerald City streets.
added by stephmo | editBoston Globe, Sarah Smith (Jul 19, 2009)
 
Enchanted elephants and dragon death squads — Maguire's sequel to his 1995 best-seller, Wicked, is as fantastical as a novel set in Oz should be.
 
As a result the story - which is meant to contain great love and great tragedy as well as great invention - tends to slip awkwardly between registers. Maguire may have successfully done away with Dorothy, but he hasn't quite got control of his broomstick yet.
 
Like the character Liir at its center ("a solitary figure untroubled by ambition, unfettered by talent, uncertain of a damn thing"), the novel suffers from entropy. It wanders around, off-kilter and aimless: "A year passed, another. Nothing was the same, year after year, but little was different, either."
 

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Epigraph
I have no fear that the poetry of democratic peoples will be found timid or that it will stick too close to the earth. I am much more afraid that it...may finish up by describing an entirely fictitious country.

-- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835, 1840
All cows were like all other cows, all tigers like all other tigers -- what on earth has happened to human beings?

-- Harry Mulisch, Siegfried, 2001
A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people, recovering their true spirit, restore their government to its true principles.

-- Thomas Jefferson, 1798
My mother was a westerne woman and learned in gramarye

-- K. Estmere, 1470, collected in Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, 1765
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L. Frank Baum's second Oz novel, The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904), was dedicated to the actors David C. Montgomery and Fred A. Stone, who performed the roles of the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow in the first theatrical version of The Wizard of Oz.

In that spirit, Son of a Witch is dedicated to the cast and creative team of the musical Wicked, which opened on Broadway in October 2003 -- the night before Halloween.


To Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz, foremost and first, for their vision; to Wayne Cilento, Susan Hilferty, Eugene Lee, Joe Mantello, Stephen Oremus, Kenneth Posner, and Marc Platt and his associates, for bringing visions to life; and, among all the capable cast, most expecially to Kristen Chenoweth (Galinda/ Glinda), Joel Grey (The Wizard), and Idina Menzel (Elphaba), for bringing life to visions.
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So the talk of random brutality wasn't just talk.
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"Any murder at all, of any sort, is a murder of hope, too."
There is no resolving a good mess, he thought. Every breath one takes is a waking up into disjointedness, over and over.
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Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns to the land of Oz to introduce 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. But he is tended to at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts. What dark force left Liir in this condition? Is he really Elphaba's son? He has her broom and her cape—but what of her powers? Can he find his supposed half-sister, Nor, last seen in the forbidding prison, Southstairs? Can he fulfill the last wishes of a dying princess? In an Oz that, since the Wizard's departure, is under new and dangerous management, can Liir keep his head down long enough to grow up? Discover the captivating tale that has taken fans of Wicked even deeper into the magical world of Oz.

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Ten years after the publication of 'Wicked', we return to the land of Oz, to follow the story of Liir, the adolescent boy left hiding in the shadows of the castle when Dorothy confronted the witch.

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