Wicked, by Gregory Maguire…I give it Five Stars!!
Have you ever wondered about Elphaba, The Wicked Witch of the West, and whether she really was as wicked as she has been portrayed, or, has she been stereo-typed and misunderstood, throughout the decades?
This fantasy-novel actually borders on reality, current events (both political and economical), and is a compilation of religious and cultural differences, religious and cultural prejudices, and how we stereotype individuals in society, in order fto feel superior to them, and in order for them to blend in within our own agendas, perspectives and organizational cultures.
We see Elphaba as a humane and caring individual, a person capable of empathy and love. But, through her own identifiying difference, within the cultural scheme, we also are given insight into how it feels (from her perspective), to be considered different than others, on the outside, but how alike she is to everyone in her heart, with the same needs, feelings and thoughts as most of us.
The book is more than timely, and leads one to ponder the current events in the world situation, today.
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