A LION AMONG MEN by GREGORY MAGUIRE.
While civil war looms in Oz, an oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, the Cowardly Lion arrives searching for information about Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. Yackle, who hovered on the sidelines of Elphaba's life, demands some answers of her own.
Brrr surrenders his story: abandoned as a cub, his earliest memories are gluey hazes, and his path from infancy in the Great Gillikin Forest is no yellow brick road. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by serving the war-mongering Emperor of Oz.
...... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Deposition of an Oracle: Chapter 1): The time had come for her to die.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 158): A male usually had made up his mind before you began to talk to him - so why bother? - but a female, because her mind was more supple, was always prepared to become more disappointed in you than she had yet suspected possible.
MY THOUGHTS: Having read and not enjoyed Wicked (see my review HERE) the first book in Gregory Maguire's Wicked Years series I was persuaded to read part 3, A Lion Among Men, by a fellow member of my readers group.
An altogether more enjoyable, humorous and slightly less political read than the story of Elphaba Thropp (aka The Wicked Witch of the West). The novel follows the story of Brrr the 'Cowardly Lion' (though it has to be said at times he came as across as more stupid than cowardly) who along the way meets, amongst others, some fellow lions, tigers and of course, it goes without saying, bears (oh my) before joining up with Dorothy and co - the rest being 'Oz' history ....... or is it?
Though based in a world that many of us have been familiar with since childhood this is definitely not a book for the kiddies. Dramatically different from the film (and books) and very philosophical (one could argue too philosophical) even I, a fairly well read adult, at times struggled with the often hinted at, less often written, significance of it all.
Would it have made any difference if I had read part 2 in the series? Perhaps but I suspect not.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: Not.
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