In this much-anticipated third volume of the Wicked Years, we return to Oz, seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion - the once tiny cub defended by Elphaba in Wicked. While civil war looms, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, an enigmatic figure known as Brrr - the Cowardly Lion - arrives searching for ...
In this much-anticipated third volume of the Wicked Years, we return to Oz, seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion - the once tiny cub defended by Elphaba in Wicked. While civil war looms, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, an enigmatic figure known as Brrr - the Cowardly Lion - arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. As payment, Yackle demands some answers of her own. Brrr surrenders his story: abandoned as a cub, his earliest memories are gluey hazes, and his life's path is no Yellow Brick Road. A Lion Among Men chronicles a battle of wits hastened by the Emerald City's approaching armies. At once a portrait of a would-be survivor and a panoramic glimpse of a world gone shrill with war fever, Gregory Maguire's new novel is written with the sympathy and power that have made his books contemporary classics.
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If your a follower of The Wizard of Oz, your need to read this!
Feb 27, 2009
a follow-up for wicked fans
MORE INFORMATION ON THE WICKED SERIES. HOW WONDERFUL TO FIND THE INFO ON THE LION AND HOW HE DEVELOPED AND PROSPERED.
VERY INTERESTING AND A GREAT READ.
RECOMMEND THIS FOR ALL WICKED FANS. LOOKING FORWARD TO WHAT WILL BE NEXT IN THE SERIES.
Feb 13, 2009
A Lion Among Men
This book tells the story of the Cowardly Lion. Brrr comes to the oracle Yackle for answers to Elphaba, Liir and the Grimmerie, just as they are caught between the war between EC and Munchkinland. Yackle is seeking death, but death does not come. Brrr is forced to recollect his life and the mistakes he has made, by telling his story to the oracle. I was really hopeful to find some answers in this third volume, but my satisfaction was not sated. Altogether, this book was a fantastic read for adults.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-12-22 Wildly imaginative Maguire returns with this highly anticipated third installment of his popular Wicked Years saga. Maguire continues to poke fun at the classic The Wizard of Oz, this time offering the story of Brrr, the Cowardly Lion. Brrr agrees to act as a lackey for the emperor of Oz rather than serve an unfair jail sentence in a land where talking animals are being oppressed. Narrator John McDonough has a tough task bringing such an otherworldly tale to life, but he triumphantly succeeds. He delivers a stunning reading that displays his range as a performer and captures listeners' hearts and minds. McDonough?s reading is flawless; he never uses phony voices or forced emotions to create unusual and unique characters. The result is an unforgettable book for listeners young and old. A Morrow hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 1). (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2008-09-01 The entertaining third installment of bestseller Maguire's Wicked Years series, a revisionist chronicle of L. Frank Baum's classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, examines the tragically misunderstood life of the Cowardly Lion before and after his adventures with Dorothy and company. As all-out war looms between the Munchkinland guerrillas and the emperor of Oz's Emerald City soldiers, Brrr the lion, now working as an imperial spy, must somehow glean invaluable information from a crone named Yackle before she dies. But during his interrogation of the irritable oracle, Brrr, the proverbial loner and outsider, uncovers insights into his own mysterious past--and finally begins to understand what it feels like to belong. As usual, the author mixes some relatively weighty existential themes--the search for self, faith, redemption--into his whimsical story line. Newcomers to Maguire's Oz should probably begin with Wicked, the first entry in this darkly enchanting saga. 11-city author tour. (Oct. 14) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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