It's a series. How on earth did I not know that before?
Wizard of Oz, like for most of us, was introduced to me by the movie. It's a timeless favorite, I still watch it, enjoy it. Especially on days when I'm making treats. (And especially when it's autumn). I rebuked myself for taking so long in actually getting to read the book. I remember listening to the audio when I was little, but I don't count that. And I remember so little. The only part I distinctly remember is the part when the lion knocks the hideous spider's head off. Loved that part. It's easy to see that I've always been a lover of action and battle.
What does a timeless classic teach us? With Wizard of Oz, it was simple--and easily beloved because it was so simple, and fun. It shares a universal truth--often enough what we're really looking for is right in front of us. Life. Home. There is something so precious and timeless about these truths. They will never get old. Because we will always keep searching, up and away, down and over--for the thing that we feel we are looking for. Sometimes it is Out There. But often enough, we just need to go away so we can see what we had--and if we're lucky, return. Dorothy was lucky. And there is also the turth that often we feel like humbugs--fakes. But we are who we make ourselves, as the characters of this book showed so well.
Dorothy was a spunky little girl we could relate to. So was the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion. I was thrilled to see how many adventures they had. Finished it in a few hours. (I was surprised that the Slippers were silver, and not ruby--I guess that is something that the movie makers decided to change)!
A dash of whimsy, a canvas of imagination--that's enough to take anyone over the rainbow, isn't it? If you've read the books, what were your impressions? What did you love?
I am definitely getting the rest.
Soon, as part of my reviews of the Wizard of Oz series, I will also be doing a commentary/review on the new movie, which I really enjoyed!
E. C. Shore