Glinda of Oz

Glinda of Oz

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The Sorceress and Wizard of Oz attempt to save Princess Ozma and Dorothy from the dangers which threaten them when they try to bring peace to two warring tribes.
Publisher: Champaign, Ill. : Project Gutenberg ; Boulder, Colo. : NetLibrary, [199-?]
ISBN: 9780585004976
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jkn14x Jul 24, 2012

There's an interesting discrepancy in this edition: Peter Glassman writes in the Afterward that Baum finished the book "in Feb. 1918, only three months before his death, and a year and a half before the book was published." The publisher wrote on the inside back cover that Baum died in 1919. Anyway, the series held the attention of my 8-year-old through all 14 books, which took us half the summer vacation to read together. Unfortunately, due to Baum's untimely death, it ends without much of a satisfying wrap-up, probably because he expected to write another. He always said the kids would be after him for more!

crankylibrarian Dec 25, 2011

One of the travesties of the 1939 Wizard of Oz film and the play Wicked is that they created an image of Glinda the Good Witch as a fluffy headed, bubble traveling giggler. Nothing could be further from her character in the original Oz books, in which she is a wise and powerful sorceress, charged with protecting the people of Oz and their princess Ozma. In this, the last book in the series, Dorothy accidentally discovers a war brewing between 2 tribes in a remote part of the land. Ozma, dedicated to her duty as peacemaker, immediately flies off to intervene, despite Glinda's misgivings, and soon it's up to Glinda to rescue Dorothy and Ozma from a terrible fate. As in most of Baum's books, the female characters, both good and evil are the strongest and most charismatic. Evil is represented by the vain, arrogant witch Coo-Ee-oh, (whom Dorothy threatens to "whup" as she would her petulant cat) and the amoral dictator's wife who steals brains to increase her own power. Dorothy, Ozma and Glinda form a trio of responsible feminine strength; the triumph of good depends on Glinda's magical knowledge, Ozma's moral authority and Dorothy's practical common sense.

crankylibrarian Sep 30, 2011

One of the travesties of the 1939 Wizard of Oz film and the play Wicked is that they created an image of Glinda the Good Witch as a fluffy headed, bubble traveling giggler. Nothing could be further from her character in the original Oz books, in which she is a wise and powerful sorceress, charged with protecting the people of Oz and their princess Ozma. In this, the last book in the series, Dorothy accidentally discovers a war brewing between 2 tribes in a remote part of the land. Ozma, dedicated to her duty as peacemaker, immediately flies off to intervene, despite Glinda's misgivings, and soon it's up to Glinda to rescue Dorothy and Ozma from a terrible fate.

As in most of Baum's books, the female characters, both good and evil are the strongest and most charismatic. Evil is represented by the vain, arrogant witch Coo-Ee-oh, (whom Dorothy threatens to "whup" as she would her petulant cat) and the amoral dictator's wife who steals brains to increase her own power. Dorothy, Ozma and Glinda form a trio of responsible feminine strength; the triumph of good depends on Glinda's magical knowledge, Ozma's moral authority and Dorothy's practical common sense.

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