In the original The Wizard Of Oz, Oz is the dream of a child who got caught in a tornado as a result of trying to run away from her problems. The child's view is sweet and hopeful. In Wicked, Oz appears to be the dream of the carnival man as he attempts suicide by drowning. It makes for a much sadder view. While the book is imaginative and engaging, I come away with the question "Why would I want to make myself sadder?"