Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

Genre : Tale - Children's Book

French title : Le Magicien d'Oz

English publisher : Penguin Popular Classics :£

American publisher : Signet Classics : 3,95$

Synopsis : Dorothy and her dog, Toto live in Kansas, in a country farm with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. But one day, a cyclone suddenly propels Dorothy and Toto skywards. They wake up in an unknown land, dar away, and they're welcomed by the Munchkins who think she's a great sorceress because she killed the Wicked Witch of the East. Thus begins a great adventure for Dorothy and Toto who will take the road to the Emerald City where they will find The Great Wizard Oz, the only one able to send her back to Kansas. On her way, Dorothy will make new friends, The Scarecrow who wants some brain, the Tin Woodman who'd like to have a heart, and the Cowardly Lion who seeks courage. How will they be received in the Emerald City? Will the Great Oz be able to help them?

A passage

"She was awakened by a shock, so sudden and severe that if Dorothy had not been lying on the soft bed she might have been hurt. As it was, the jar made her catch her breath and wonder what had happened; Toto put his cold little nose into her face and whined dismally. Dorothy sat up and noticed that the house was not moving; nor was it dark, for the bright sunshine came in at the window, flooding the little room. She sprang from her bed and with Toto at her heels ran and opened the door."

What I Think : The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a charming tale for children but also for adults, which teaches us that often the qualities we'd like to have and that we envy others for, they're already here, womewhere inside us, but we're simply unable to see them. What can I say? A remarkably well written book, the first of a long series, not enough known by the public, unfortunately. I also have The Marvelous Land of Oz at home, and I'd like to read the whole series. I was marked as a child by Dorothy's adventure, because I used to watch the cartoon on TV, and I discovered the novel only a fews years ago, a very good moment of reading which makes us think...

I will try to watch soon the movie with Judy Garland, I will talk about it then...

1 comment:

Nicole B. said...

You haven't seen the movie yet? o.o Wow.

Wicked pwns this, I'm sorry. :) I'm prejudice against this book ever since reading that. ^^