The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Title: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz Series #1), Author: L. Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Finished audio 9-1-19, 3.5/5 stars. classic, pub. 1900

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the classic story of fantasy that has delighted readers young and old for decades. Dorothy finds herself transplanted to the magical land of Oz when her house is sucked up by a tornado. To get back home she must follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City to ask the Wizard to help her get back to Kansas. Along the way she meets several interesting characters, including the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion, who join her on her travels to ask the Wizard for help of their own.  from Goodreads

As I was updating Goodreads with my book reviews of 2019 I realized that I had somehow neglected this one.  It’s been a while, but I remember being struck with how different it was from the movie.  Yes, there is still Dorothy and her dog, her three companions, some witches and flying monkeys, but it was darker than the movie.  There are no ruby slippers and the backstory was nonexistent.

It opens with the cyclone and Dorothy being swept off to a place that was inexplicable.  She meets the tin man, lion and scarecrow and they do go off on adventures, but there is imprisonment and evil too.  But as with the movie, everyone needs friends such as these, willing to go the distance with you and for you.

I liked it even though it felt (at least listening to the audio) different than the iconic movie, which is okay since I have no great love for the flick.  It’s a story that you recognize but don’t really know and that somehow makes it work.

This is   my 33rd selection for the Classics Club challenge.  I have until January 1, 2020 to get to 50 (lol).