"Was" by Ryman (was "Wicked" (was "literature abuse"))

Tarja Rainio vierran at saunalahti.fi
Thu Mar 29 16:28:52 EST 2001

on 29.3.2001 13:32, Gili Bar-Hillel at abhillel at hotmail.com wrote:

> There's another intensely dark take on Oz that I thought made a far better
> book, "Was" by Geoff Ryman. It is no less depressing than "Wicked", but I
> think on the whole it gels better. It is not a fantasy novel, but a story
> spanning several decades and pulling together the lives of the "real"
> Dorothy Gale of Kansas, an actor named Jonathan who is trying to piece
> together her life whilst dying of Aids, Judy Garland and Frank Baum.
> Infinitely depressing, but also interesting. I read it a few years ago,
> feverishly finished it within 24 hours, and cried my eyes out at the end.

I definitely second this recommendation. I really liked "Was" and the way it
combined a heartbreaking story with just the hint of hope.


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