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This is one of the most bizarre books I ve ever read The fantasy elements are all rather ordinary There s a secret world beyond that of our own this is a standard trope of the genre CS Lewis would soon follow suit and inspire later generations But the point is the Land of Oz is just weird Seems like a bland criticism though the entire point of the plot is to have good triumph over evil But what is evil Beyond the actual name of the antagonist the Wicked Witch of the West we don t actually know much about her Is she really that bad It seems unusual to create such an evilly induced character and then have her preform no evil it sort of makes the whole moral of the story seem uestionable Simply put an apt summary of the story would be a little girl meets three freaks and goes on a killing spree in a fucked up world Indeed the heroes of the tale aren t exactly what I d define as good Are they evil heroes Dorothy is completely unheroic She kills another evil witch on her entry into the land her first act is to accidently commit murder All her success is down to unbelievable blind luck it gets to the point that she performs a completely random action like throwing water at someone and she somehow saves the day It d just odd The Tin Woodsman is an even stranger figure We have an entire chapter devoted to the saving of a colony of mice et at one point he cuts a leopard s head off despite travelling in the company of a lion Does this sound like children s fiction For me this was slightly hypocritical It s like the author is saying we should be nice to some animals only It made little sense And then there s the whole separate issue of how the woodman managed to survive so many decapitationsI can understand why this book was so popular to its earlier audiences it s a very early attempt at fantasy so there wasn t a great deal uite like this around at the time I think for a child who just sees the basic plot of this they would easily become lost But when Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Artbook officiel you read it as an adultou just can t help but think this isn t right I could go on I could go on to explain how the structure is a slight mess Each chapter is almost like its own enclosed story that s could be read section by section each night before bed But as an actual novel the progression of chapters really is uite poor I picked out two points where the novel really should have ended et it kept going on when the climax had finished and all momentum has been lost For me this book is an example of an overly hyped cultural phenomenon Many people claim to love this book but many haven t actually read it Everyone my age I have ever met has watched the film at some point in their life the basic narrative is embodied into their cultural psyche which happens with many literary classics of this type The point is the book here is a very different thing I implore everyone who bases their knowledge and perhaps love of this on the movie to actually sit down and read the horrendous work in uestion then ou may see what it actually is a vile little story that is accidently evil This one was uite a shocker Dorothy from Kansas wherever that is lives with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry on the flat American prairie the harsh Sun beating down from the gray sky making everything turn gray the gray grass house clothes and especially the people animals are probably gray too might seem the least likely place that she visits that is real No trees brooks beautiful birds singing or anything colorful around the poor farm But our adventures begin when a tornado lifts unlucky Dorothy her dog Toto and only friend while inside their small one room house up into the swirling whistling ominous black sky scared Aunt Em in the cellar a dark hole in the ground under the floor hiding and Uncle Henry outside taking care of the frightened farm animals The little girl is all alone with her dog as the strong winds of the storm takes her higher and higher always going above and further from Dorothy s loved ones which is the blood relative is strangely never stated After countless hours pass she falls asleep on her bed Awakening by a loud noise the house crashing down on the ground the next day terrifying Dorothy opening slowly the door she is stunned all is beautiful brilliant colors green grass a lovely stream gorgeous flowers trees with delicious fruit hanging on their branches birds sweetly singing everywhere her eyes can see blue skies But weird uite small people are timidly coming towards Dorothy they think she is a horrible powerful witch the juvenile
FEELS UNEASY LOOKING FULLY GROWN LIKE THE MUNCHKINS YET uneasy
Looking Fully Grown Like fully grown like Munchkins Jim Hensons Labyrinth yet a little girl s size they welcome her to this wonderland And thanking the girl for their freedom by killing the wicked Witch of the East whose body lies underneath the house The pretty Witch of the North and is good also unheard of news spreads uickly in the Land of Oz gives Dorothy the magical silver shoes of the dead sorceress The farm girl wants to get back home to Kansas asks directions nobody knows it but all tell Dorothy to follow theellow brick road to the Emerald City where the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz presumably lives and rules Trouble is people never see the terrible wizard but he is the only one who can help Dorothy get back On the long journey the Basic Training young girl and Toto meet the brainless failure the Scarecrow stuck on a pole the Tin Woodman rusting outside in a forest tin doesn t rust the Cowardly Lion attacking the group on the road and afterwards crying all join Dorothy on her impossible uest for a brain a heart and courage the joke of this story is that every traveler already has them even Dorothy s wish can be easily achieved Wide ditches have to be jumped wild animals fought rivers crossed ugly flying monkeys bees poisonous blue redellow white and purple flowers thick gloomy forests strange people some unfriendly and not made of flesh the evil dreadful Witch of the West in her impenetrable dismal castle but that is later must be overcome to reach the fabulous Emerald City They have a secret weapon Toto is not afraid of anything he can look behind the curtain Book 20100 for 2015I really really liked this book I honestly had pretty low expectations going into this book and thought it wouldn t compare at all to the greatness of the 1939 movie which is one of my favorite movies but I was wrong It was one of the best children s classics that I ve ever read and I even loved how it wasn t that similar to the movie so it kept me interested I also had a beautiful hardcover Puffin Classics edition so that make the experience even better All in all I m so glad that I had to read it for my class The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a brief and magical adventure tale filled straightforward prose predictable plot and uninteresting protagonists with a penchant for morbidity self mutilation and decapitation while whimsically traipsing along in a bizarre land chock full of eldritch creatures Whirled by a cyclone Dorothy an innocent harmless little girl and Toto her adorable dog are whisked away in a peculiar land From there they tag along with eccentric beings and eventually meet the stuffed Scarecrow who wished he had a brain except that his head is full of straws the sueaky and rusty Tin Woodman who lost his heart literally and the Cowardly Lion who s always terror stricken Hoping that each of their wishes would be granted they travel to the Emerald City where the wonderful wizard Oz the Great and Terrible is enthroned The great wizard will only grant their heart s desires on the condition that they seek out and destroy the Wicked Witch of the West And so their uest begins My inner kiddo didn t uite approve of this one The magical elements were good but not enthralling at all Was this written specifically for children I find this story highly disturbing and better suited for mature audiences please refer to my first paragraph A word of caution to parentsguardians kindly read this first before giving it to Gambling for Dummies your children as it might be a bit overwhelming and horrifying for sensitiveoung readers Honestly I prefer Dahl s and Carroll s stories because illogical as it might seem the whimsical and hilarious elements fuse well together to create an entertaining comical narrative whilst masking the macabre portion of the book ie children will interpret it as tommyrot and will laugh at it while adults will see it as ghoulish if they analyse the text further The first few pages were wonderful to read especially when Dorothy s house unfortunately landed on a despicable victim The ueen of the Field Mice was a delightful character Others belong in town dullsville There s educational value here but the moral lesson that Baum wanted to impart the children can be found in other interesting novels out there There s no doubt that it was successful in its own time but I find this a dated fantasy tale in the present I have to congratulate Michael Sieben for his remarkable illustrations as well as Anne Hathaway s stupendous narration though However the aforementioned works didn t save this novel from my dismal rating of 25 stars rounded down Audiobook rating. When Dorothy and her little dog Toto are caught in a tornado they and their Kansas farmhouse are suddenly transported to Oz where Munchkins live monkeys fly and Wicked Witches rule Desperate to return home and wit. Narrated by Anne HathawayNarrative voice style Vocal characterisation Inflexion intonation Voice uality Final verdict My 8 Dancing with Ben Hall and Other Yarns year old decided she wanted to read this one and we just finished buddy reading two different copies The copy she s reading is a new Scholastic version which is just a simple paperback with an adorable cover I went ahead and picked up this 100th anniversary edition for our home library because it s illustrated large print and hardcover which I love I m sure most already know the story The beginning opens with a cyclone that carries Dorothy in her house along with her little dog Toto all the way to a foreign land Her house falls on a wicked witch killing her resulting in Dorothy becoming a hero On her journey to find the wizard she meets a scarecrow a tin woodman and a cowardly lionDorothy s love for her new found friends is heartwarming and there isn t anything she wouldn t do for them Together they embark on an adventure to find the Emerald City Each of the four travelers has a reuest for the wizard the scarecrow wants brains the tin woodman a heart and the lion needs courage Dorothy s only reuest is to be sent back home to Aunt Em in Kansas It s uite fascinating what can be accomplished ifou only believe No matter how dreary and gray our homes are we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country be it ever so beautiful There is no place like home I can t remember the last time I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz but it was probably sometime around 5th grade or so We had a tattered up copy in our school library I m not even sure if I finished it because this time around I was amazed with the differences in the book compared to the Hollywood movie Some events were left out in the film while others were added in which made it even exciting including the entire beginning of the movie Details were also different Not only that parts of the book were fairly dark for BUG DEATH young readers He seized his axe which he had made very sharp and as the leader of the wolves came on the Tin Woodman swung his arm and chopped the wolf s head from its body so that it immediately died As soon as he could raise his axe another wolf came up and he also fell under the sharp edge of the Tim Woodman s weapon There were forty wolves and forty times a wolf was killed so that at last they all lay dead in a heap before the Woodman We enjoyed reading about the magical world L Frank Baum has created in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Just picture it with fighting trees flying monkeys munchkins and witches There was no telling what would happen next We connected with all the characters tooI was one of those children who waited for the movie to come on local television channels every singleear I was entranced when Dorothy got sucked up into the tornado along with her house and Toto One of the most exciting parts for me was when the movie transitioned from black and white to color I was obsessed with the movie The book may not be as extravagant as the movie and there are many differences but the book is still magical with great characters There are many good lessons for children to learn as wellThis was a very creative children s fantasy in my opinion The illustrations throughout were a treat and make the story even interesting It s a book perfect for all ages I m not sure if we ll reread it anytime soon but my eight Forests Hope (Timber Valley Wolf Pack year old and tenear old kids enjoyed it as much as I did I ve read the second book and plan to finish the entire series eventually4You can see this review with illustrations Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to BookendDorothy Gale and her little dog Toto are swept away by a tornado from Kansas all the way to the Land of Oz With a little help from the Witch of the North Dorothy and Toto set off down a road paved with Keeping and Breeding Australian Pythons yellow bricks in search of the City of Emeralds and the Wizard of Oz a man said to have the power to help Dorothy find her way back to Kansas The cyclone had set the house down very gently for a cyclone in the midst of a country of marvelous beauty There were lovely patches of green sward all about with stately trees bearing rich and luscious fruits Banks of gorgeous flowers were on every hand and birds with rare and brilliant plumage sang and fluttered in the trees and bushes Along the way Dorothy makes some unusual new friends each of which desire something from the Wizard of Oz Doou think Oz could give me courage asked the cowardly Lion Just as easily as he could give me brains said the Scarecrow Or give me a heart said the Tin Woodman Or send me back to Kansas said DorothyThen if Hester Roon you don t mind I ll go withou said the Lion for my life is simply unbearable without a bit of courage In the late eighteen hundreds children s stories often featured familiar mythical creatures and were written with the express intent to deliver a moral lesson L Frank Baum took a different approach when he began writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz He intended to write a children s book with new fantasy creatures in a realm et unexplored and his efforts were a marvelous success Dorothy s journey through the colorful and peculiar Land of Oz reveals an array of creatures like winged monkeys talking china dolls and bearlike Kalidahs The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is not the technicolor film known by millions but rather a surprisingly grim tale that is absent of ruby slippers and cities with emerald green structures As it came nearer the Tin Woodman saw that running before the beast was a little gray field mouse and although he had no heart he knew it was wrong for the wildcat
to try to kill such a pretty harmless creature So the Woodman raised his axe and as the wildcat ran try to kill such a pretty harmless creature So the Woodman raised his axe and as the wildcat ran he gave it a uick blow that cut the beast s head clean off from its body and it rolled over at his feet in two pieces With uirky illustrations an amusing sense of logic and delightful characters The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a gratifying start to a well loved series The Wizard of Oz as An Economic Parable A Short IntroductionThis might be common knowledge or it might not be Some economics textbooks claim this is a wonderfully esoteric nugget The story of Oz was an economic parable Take that all ou who said economics can t be funRedistributions of wealth caused by unexpected changes in the price level are often a source of political turmoil From 1880 to 1896 the price level in the United States fell 23 percent This deflation was good for Haves creditors primarily the bankers of the Northeast but it was bad for Have Nots debtors primarily the farmers of the South and West The deflation was blamed almost exclusively on the now notorious Gold Standard and a proposed move towards Silver was instead the craved for alternativeThe Silver issue dominated the PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 1896 WILLIAM MCKINLEY THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE election of 1896 William McKinley the Republican nominee on a platform of preserving the gold standard William Jennings Bryan the Democratic nominee ranged boldly against Gold and for Silver In a famous speech Bryan proclaimed You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns For Fear of Little Men you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold Not surprisingly McKinley was the candidate of the conservative eastern establishment whereas Bryan was the candidate of the southern and western populistsThen came The Wizard of Oz The midwestern journalist L Frank Baum tells the story of Dorothy a girl lost in a strange land far from her home in Kansas Dorothy representing traditional American values makes three friends a scarecrow the farmer a tin woodman the industrial worker and a lion whose roar exceeds his might William Jennings Bryan Together the four of them make their way along a perilousellow brick road the gold standard hoping to find the Wizard who will help Dorothy return homeEventually they arrive in Oz Washington where everyone sees the world through green glasses money The Wizard William McKinley tries to be all things to all people but turns out to be a fraud Dorothy s problem is solved only when she learns about the magical power of her otherwise ordinary silver slippers Unfortunately the movie forgot the parable and omitted the silver slippers thus depriving the majority of the audience of the real delight in the victoryThe Republicans The Wizard won the election of 1896 and the United States stayed on a gold standard but the Free Silver advocates got the inflation that they wanted after gold was discovered in Alaska Australia and South Africa Even later Gold was abandoned and the fraudster wizards never heard from again Dorothy and Baum had the last laugh over the unwanted magical oppression of the Yellow Brick Road and the green tinted world Well at least from the road Once upon a time there lived a Golden Age gay icon who whiled away her pre waxing ears sitting atop a split rail fence in some dour nondescript American Midwest landscape Her dreams of a outrageously fierce existence in the big city wearing roller skates and one foot diameter afro wigs and dancing to Army of Lovers in between lines of blow were hemmed in on all sides by. H the Wicked Witch of the West on their trail Dorothy and Toto together with new friends the Tin Woodsman Scarecrow and cowardly Lion embark on a fantastic uest along the Yellow Brick Road in search of the Emerald. ,
Rusted farm euipment NAPA Auto Parts Stores and a lone dejected Applebee s out on the turnpike Kansas didn t even have a meth lab et Or a Sally Beauty Supply Her nascent fabulousness was imprisoned by voluminous swaths of gingham satin ribbons and fussy lace collars none of them unfortunately worn ironically with a lollipop or a pacifier or Harajuku style at the behest of Aunt Em a woman whose character is explained by the shocking fact that the better part of her non church wardrobe was purchased at uality Farm Fleet I know Couldn t Sanity is the Future of Wealth you just dieThis girl aset scarcely old enough to have a couple of cherries or a leaping dolphin tattooed near her cameltoe was named Dorothy One day like so many dreamy eyed girls she donned her Skechers and her discount department store jeans and waited for a meteorological disaster to rescue her from her sad glitterless rural life As luck would have it one day an especially violent cyclone rated EF4 by the local weather service carved a bloody path of destruction misery and death through central Kansas carrying Dorothy s trailer with her and her dog Toto inside watching Judge Judy high into the troposphere At first Dorothy mistook the rhythmic vibrations for a circuit party and looked under the bed for her whistle but soon enough she realized she was airborne And it felt Fab U Lous She thought she even spotted a cross country Virgin America flight with Diana Ross sitting in first class refusing a skunky glass of Chardonnay and calling the stewardess an uppity white bitch She ll have Dershowitz on the phone when she gets to LAX But maybe Dorothy was unconscious and imagining it all At any rate she was immune to the ghastly soul rending shrieks rising from below of a Kansas mother cradling her dead baby who was impaled by a windswept awl in the cyclone She was busy listening to Yahoo by Erasure on her iPod Eventually after floating around earth s gaseous atmosphere for a couple of hours dreaming of Barney s Co op Sale Dorothy landed in some unknown land flat ironed her hair and repositioned her training thong Outside her trailer a bunch of ghetto midgets were milling around with some old witchy broad No it wasn t that berfem Glinda like in the movie it was some tired ass old mannish thing looking like Linda Hunt in The Year of Living Dangerously Basically this bitch is no help at all She s supposedly a witch and Jelena '93 you d think she d know the way to the Meatpacking District but all she does is give her some cheap ass silver shoes Steve Maddenuck and kiss Dorothy on the forehead leaving this magical lipmark Dorothy suspects it s herpes simplex one and hightails it outta there before the witch gives her boxed wine and has her pose for art photographs Yes I remember the very special episode of Diff rent Strokes with Gordon Jump very well thank New Heights The Beginning After The End you very muchOkayou know the rest of the story for the most part Dorothy seeks out the Wizard of Oz by mapuesting Emerald City or alternately the City of Emeralds and on the way she meets a Scarecrow a Tin Woodman and a Lion who are all needy and want to bask in the glow of her super hot blinding aura and fierce fantabulousness and bum a few amphetamines The Wizard who likes to mix up his corporeal manifestations appears to them in his Emerald City throne room Picture Antwan Big Boi Patton s house on Cribs but with fewer stripper poles and lots green marble in the forms of a giant Little Richard sized head a Sears catalog swimsuit model a vaguely menacing monster and a talking ball of fire Obviously the Wizard has been to see Cirue de Soleil and knows the power of a little u b cois razzle dazzle Whilst filing his nails and reading the latest issue of Interview with Drew Barry on the cover the Wizard tells his motley supplicants that How to Restore Your Bmw Motorcycle Twins 1950-1969 yeaheah sure he will grant their stupid retarded wishes if they murder the Wicked Witch of the West a Tribeca scenester who is always bogarting Page Six with her leather daddy winged monkey warehouse parties Dorothy Crew reluctantly agree an act of volition which effectively makes Dorothy the Faerie youngest hit girl in the history of YA literature and the only one to ever wear lace trimmed socklets Eventually during a wet t shirt contest the witch melts and Dorothy still flush with her first taste of killing sweet killing returns with her entourage to the Wizard to claim her payoff But then gosh golly gee whiz in a startling atheistic allegory the all powerful Wizard is revealed to be an impotent little Wallace Shawn type standing behind a screen fiddling with some sound board knobs Nietzsche couldn t ve said it any better The Wizard who realizes he s dealing with a bunch of saps here pretends to grant everyone s wishes except Dorothy s cuz he s totally jealous of her fabulousness and they actually fall for it Dorothy burnt out on the Emerald City scene and suffering from dehydration and exhaustion longs to return to Kansas to start her autobiographical blog A bunch of stupid stuff happens some of which involve a hot air balloon and bitch slapping trees and the uartet make their way to Glinda the Witch of the South to see if she can grant Dorothy s wish and thereby prove that she s at least somewhat less worthless than everybody else in OzOn the way to the Glinda s hood the posse comes across a village where all the people are made of china and break easily Gee I wonder why they left that great episode out of the film and after the Lion accidentally destroys one of their china churches with his tail I m not kidding giving impetus to hate crime legislation the world over the Tin Woodman decapitates some wolves with his ax Dorothy skips and frolics through the gory pools of matted fur blood and steaming viscera and asks Glinda who appears to be on uaaludes for a trip home Glinda as useless as every other allegedly magical person in Oz tells her that the cheap ass Steve Madden shoes she s been wearing could ve gotten her back to Kansas all along And by the way when she returns to the Sticks she should really take off those Chinese panda skin leatherette things They ll give her fatal foot rashSo Dorothy uses the magic of those shoes made in China under the brand name of a man imprisoned for magical tax evasion to return to Kansas where her Aunt and Uncle have long since forgotten about her and adopted a attractive Latvian girl who s not too prissy to hand inseminate the cows Dorothy overdoses one night in a dilapidated feed barn on a potent mixture of Robitussin and Gas X and Judy Davis plays her in a television movie that no one remembers long enough to have forgotten ENGLISH The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ITALIANODorothy is aoung girl who lives with her aunts in a small farm in Kansas Due to a tornado she is catapulted with her house in a freaky village Dorothy s journey which I discovered at 38 thanks to my daughter and to the well established habit of reading something to her before going To Bed Begins In This bed begins in this The thing that impressed me most about this wonderful story is that the title The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is rather misleading Yes because Oz is neither the protagonist of the novel nor the ultimate goal of misleading Yes because Oz is neither the protagonist of the novel nor the ultimate goal of s journey Oz appears or less at half of the novel and he remains in the story for no than 50 pages Surely Dorothy and her cheerful company start the search for the wizard of Oz almost immediately However the story that involves directly or indirectly Oz ends in an unexpected way almost prematurely and in my opinion this is a strenght of the story
When Oz disappeared from the story it was funny to see the confused face of myOz disappeared from the story it was funny to see the confused face of my saying WHAT HE S GONE HOW IS IT POSSIBLE and I realized how successful was L Frank Baum s attempt to mislead the readersYoung people heartly fantasize Me tooVote 8Dorothy una fanciulla che vive con gli zii in una piccola fattoria nell Kansas A causa di una tromba d aria la sua abitazione viene catapultata con lei dentro in paese uanto meno bislacco Comincia cos il viaggio di Dorothy che ho scoperto a 38 anni suonati grazie a mia figlia e all abitudine ormai consolidata di farsi leggere ualcosa prima di andare a letto non la trasposizione cinematografica uella la conoscevo gi La cosa che pi mi ha colpito di uesto splendido racconto come il titolo Il meraviglioso mago di Oz sia fuorviante Si perch Oz non n il protagonista n l obiettivo finale della ricerca della piccola Dorothy Il personaggio di Oz appare pi o meno a met racconto e ci rimane per non pi di 50 pagine Di sicuro la ricerca del mago di Oz comincia uasi fin da subito da parte della piccola Dorothy e della sua allegra compagnia Tuttavia la vicenda che coinvolge direttamente o indirettamente Oz si conclude in maniera inaspettata uasi prematuramente e uesto secondo me un punto di forza del racconto Con l uscita di scena del mago di Oz vedere la faccia spiazzata di mia figlia che dice Ma come Se n andato COME E POSSIBILE stato divertente appagante e mi fa capire uanto sia riuscito il tentativo di L Frank Baum di spiazzare i lettoriFantasticano assai i pi piccoli E anche ioVoto 8 Ah such fun I don t think I ll read the rest of the series but I did really enjoy this. City There they hope to meet the legendary all powerful Wizard of Oz who alone may hold the power to grant their every wishJust as captivating as it was a hundred ears ago this is a story that all ages will love.