Was / Edition 1

Was / Edition 1

3.8 5
by Geoff Ryman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0140178724

ISBN-13: 2900140178721

Pub. Date: 05/28/1993

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

"A moving lament for lost childhoods and an eloquent tribute to the enduring power of art."—The New York Times

A haunting novel exploring the lives of characters intertwined with The Wizard of Oz: the "real" Dorothy Gale; Judy Garland's unhappy fame; and Jonathan, a dying actor, and his therapist, whose work at an asylum unwittingly

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"A moving lament for lost childhoods and an eloquent tribute to the enduring power of art."—The New York Times

A haunting novel exploring the lives of characters intertwined with The Wizard of Oz: the "real" Dorothy Gale; Judy Garland's unhappy fame; and Jonathan, a dying actor, and his therapist, whose work at an asylum unwittingly intersects with the Yellow Brick Road.

Geoff Ryman is the author of The King's Last Song, Air, The Child Garden, The Unconquered Country, and Paradise Tales. He has lived in Cambodia and Brazil, and now teaches at the University of Manchester, England.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900140178721
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1993
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384

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Was: a novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a dark and twisted take on the Oz of both Baum and MGM, and it has some interesting material in it. However, when I picked up 'Was', I had just read Aljean Harmetz's excellent book, 'The Making of the Wizard of Oz.' I could clearly spot the anecdotes Ryman had found in Harmetz, so his story was not as powerful as it might have been. I think he didn't weave Garland's story into the whole in an effective way. 'Was' is an intriguing read but ultimately it left me cold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brilliant work - a work of great imagination inspired by a compassionate and intelligent grasp of history
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm very fussy about what I read and could not put this book down. Very interesting to take the same elements that make up a favorite movie and turn them into something entirely different. I did not find Aunt Em as dark as other reviews make her sound and the relationship with Henry is not referred to extensively, so if those are putting you off, you can just skip over them. Definitely worth the read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is full of food for thought. A really engaging and intellectual read.