The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Post by Prometheus » Sun Aug 15, 2010 3:54 pm

I purchased this book recently as I have always wanted to read it. I have not seen the movie in years, but did so countless times in my youth.

The book is around 200 pages and was a pretty quick read. I lost power today for a few hours and used that time to read it.

It was a fast paced book in the traditional fairy tale style. Not childish, just fun.

The book includes illustrations from the 1900 publication. It was nice to see the original drawings of the characters.

It was interesting that the Wicked Witch of the West only appears in one chapter in the book. She is mentioned often, but her page time is very limited.

There were quite a few differences from the film. For one, Oz is a real place that Dorothy truly goes to in the book, while I recall in the film it was more of a dream state as the characters there are representations of people she really knew.

It was a good book overall. Now I want to see the film again. :D

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Re: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Post by jbuck919 » Sun Aug 15, 2010 4:36 pm

That trippy book freaked me out when I read it as a kid.

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Re: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Post by John F » Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:29 am

My mother had a bunch of the Oz books which she must have been given as a child. My brother and I read and enjoyed them, I rescued them when Grandma's house was sold, and a couple of years ago I passed them along to my neice for her daughters to read when they're old enough.

I thought they were great adventure stories, but didn't catch on to some of Baum's agenda, though it's obvious enough. The hero of the stories is a little girl, the wizard of Oz is a charlatan, and in a later book he is succeeded as Oz's ruler by Princess Ozma, another little girl. (One of my favorites in the series was "Ozma of Oz.") My neice's feminist mother can hardly disapprove!

Yes, there are lots of Oz books. Baum wrote 14 of them - only his death stopped him - and they were so popular that his publisher, Reilly & Lee, commissioned 18 more of them from other authors. Reilly & Lee is no more, but the Oz saga continues with new stories in books and comic books, four of them authorized by the Baum heirs. According to Wikipedia's List of Oz Books, the most recent appeared in 2007!

Meanwhile, the first Oz book of all retains its appeal. BBC Radio 7 is running its own dramatization even now as we write.
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Re: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Post by Prometheus » Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:48 pm

Thanks for the info, John. I was unaware there were so many books and sequels until reading the forward to the book.

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