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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
《绿野仙踪前传》
Gregory Maguire
格雷戈里·麦戈维尔
2005-11-2 13:56:59   
 
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
《绿野仙踪前传》
Gregory Maguire
格雷戈里·麦戈维尔

Synopsis

Years before Dorothy and her dog crash-land, another little girl makes her presence known in Oz. This girl, Elphaba, is born with emerald-green skin -- no easy burden in a land as mean and poor as Oz, where superstition and magic are not strong enough to explain or to overcome the natural disasters of flood and famine.

But Elphaba is smart, and by the time she enters the university in Shiz, she becomes a member of a charmed circle of Oz' most promising young citizens.

Elphaba's Oz is no utopia. The Wizard's secret police are everywhere. Animals -- those creatures with voices, souls and minds -- are threatened with exile. Young Elphaba, green and wild and misunderstood, is determined to protect the Animals -- even it means combating the mysterious Wizard.


故事梗概

桃乐茜和她的小狗在误闯OZ国之前,另一位小女孩曾在这里出现过。这位小女孩名叫绿绿,天生就是祖母绿色的皮肤。她在Oz国这样贫穷、狭隘的地方生活并不容易。当时Oz国的魔法也没有强到可以解释或者对抗洪水和饥荒这样的自然灾害。





但是绿绿非常聪明,进入Shiz魔法大学学习,成为OZ国最有前途的青年人之一。



绿绿的Oz国并非乌托邦,四处都有女巫的秘密探子。各种有声音、灵魂和思想的动物都将面临被驱逐的危险。绿色、爱冒险的绿绿不顾众人的误解,决定保护这些动物,虽然这意味着她将与神秘女巫为敌。





  Comment

The novel is a political, social, and ethical commentary on what good and evil really are. The story is about Elphaba, the misunderstood green-skinned girl who grows up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West. The book explains Elphaba's motives and examines her true personality.
评价

这本小说从政治、社会和伦理的角度诠释了什么是善良、什么是真正的邪恶。故事讲述了被人误解的绿皮肤女孩如何变成了声名狼藉的西方邪恶女巫。本书讲解了绿绿的最初动机并探索了她真正的内在性格。

Introduction of Author

● Name: Gregory Maguire
● Nationality: American
●Position: author
● Other Masterpieces:
Son of a Witch
Lost
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
Mirror, Mirror
● Experiene:
He received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University. He has three adopted children and is married to painter Andy Newman. Maguire is also a founder and codirector of Children's Literature New England, Inc. which was established in 1987 and is also a contributor to Am I Blue?: Coming Out From the Silence, a collection of short stories for gay and lesbian teenagers.

作者简介

○ 姓名:格雷戈里·麦戈维尔
○ 国籍:美国
○ 地位:作家
○ 其他主要作品:
《巫师的儿子》
《迷失》
《新灰姑娘》
《镜子,镜子》
○ 经历:
格雷戈里是图辅大学英美文学系毕业的哲学博士。他收养了三个孩子,妻子是画家安迪·纽曼。他是1987年建立的新英格兰儿童文学有限公司的创立者和主任,参与了《我是忧郁的么?:从寂静中走出来》的编写,此书主要收集青少年同性恋的短篇故事。

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