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Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire

Son of a Witch

by Gregory Maguire

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Series: The Wicked Years (2)

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Disappointing after Wicked. It lacks the scope and the realism of the characters. You just don't care as much. But it is better than his other books. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
This is the sequel to Wicked: The life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. This book takes place ten years after the death of Elphaba, Liir is found beaten almost to death and as he lays in a comatose state we find out his adventures since Elphaba’s death. Liir is tasked by the Elephant princess, Nastoya, to find a cure for her half life and return her to her Elephant body to die. Liir also tasks himself with finding out what happened to Nor.

The rich landscape and world of Oz from Wicked is still present in this book, although it seemed a little duller to me. Maguire’s writing did not seem as rich or insightful in this book as in Wicked. There was very little social commentary or political intrigue. Most of the plot is about Liir’s internal struggle to find himself. Liir’s character did not have the depth that Elphaba did and therefore the internal struggle wasn’t nearly as interesting. This was a nice continuation of the story to see what happened to Oz after Elphaba’s death, but it just left me wanting something with more meat to it, this was too light ( )
  Serinde24 | Dec 4, 2013 |
Since I preferred the musical version of "Wicked" to the novel's story, I was dubious about this book. That said, I came to enjoy this novel far more than I did "Wicked" and this book, more than its predecessor, pulled me into the larger story. Liir was a character for whom it was easy to empathize, especially in his various failings despite his best intentions. Though "Wicked" lays the groundwork for this version of Oz, "Son of a Witch" represents a truer origin for the narrative continued in "A Lion Among Men" and "Out of Oz." ( )
  DarthDeverell | Aug 27, 2013 |
This is a sequel to WICKED, which deviates from the L. Frank Baum series even more than Wicked did. In it the boy who was brought up by Elphaba as her son tries to find his way after she is killed by Dorothy. The story is a story of self discovery and how the boy comes from behind the shadow of his mother to be his own person. As with Wicked, the story is very complex. The time is uncertain as is the exact location. There are made up words, which, surprisingly, are clear to the reader in the context of the story, but the complexity of the story adds to the background texture without making the book too complicated to follow.
  jlapac | Aug 14, 2013 |
I am a huge fan of Gregory Maguire, especially the Wicked Years. This book did not disappoint. ( )
  AdriaFaye | Jul 18, 2013 |
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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.
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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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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
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.
"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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