My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L. Frank Baum is one of those fun, adventurous books for all ages. One of the reasons I love reading these kinds of classics, is because they often hold within secrets and treasures all their own that often fail to be converted into the film adaptations.
For instance, Dorothy’s slippers are not of ruby but of silver, and they are indeed magical. Also, the Golden Cap, a magical hat, can call the flying monkeys that can grant three wishes and no more. And they do, in fact, aid Dorothy and her companions in their travels, and the winged monkeys are not inherently evil, but instead were enslaved by the Wicked Witch of the West.
By page 129 (out of 219 pages) the second evil witch is dead and the story has so much more to offer than the movie version. For example, did you know that the Scarecrow, after getting his brains and the departure of Oz by hot-air balloon, becomes the emperor of Oz, and the Tin Man eventually becomes the leader of the Winkies in the West.
If you loved the film version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (there are around 15 total books about this fantasy world), then I’m sure you will enjoy this story as well.
A strong recommend for any reader who loves fantasy stories.
The American novelist CG FEWSTON has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome (Italy), a Visiting Fellow at Hong Kong’s CityU, & he’s a member of the Hemingway Society, Club Med, and the Royal Society of Literature. He’s also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) based in London.
He’s the author of several short stories and novels. His works include A Father’s Son (2005), The New America: A Collection (2007), The Mystic’s Smile ~ A Play in 3 Acts (2007), Vanity of Vanities (2011), A Time to Love in Tehran (2015), Little Hometown, America: A Look Back (2020); and forthcoming: Conquergood & the Center of the Intelligible Mystery of Being; A Time to Forget in East Berlin; and, The Endless Endeavor of Excellence.
He has a B.A. in English, an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership (honors), an M.A. in Literature (honors), and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Fiction. He was born in Texas in 1979.
You can follow the author on Facebook @ cg.fewston – where he has 450,000+ followers
“The American novelist CG FEWSTON tells a satisfying tale, bolstered by psychology and far-ranging philosophy, calling upon Joseph Campbell, J. D. Salinger, the King James Bible, and Othello.”
“In this way, the author lends intellectual heft to a family story, exploring the ‘purity’ of art, the ‘corrupting’ influences of publishing, the solitary artist, and the messy interconnectedness of human relationships.”
GOLD Winner in the 2020 Human Relations Indie Book Awards for Contemporary Realistic Fiction
American Novelist CG FEWSTON
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“This is a wellness movement,” Nico explains. The wellness movement is focused on three specific areas: information, encouragement, & accountability.
In these stressful & unprecedented times, it makes good sense to promote & encourage the state or condition of being in good physical & mental health.
The mission of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis (marijuana) for therapeutic use and research.
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Stay safe & stay happy. God bless.
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