The Wonderful Wizard of Oz [PDF ebook] by L. Frank Baum

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

H the Wicked Witch of the West on their trail Dorothy and Toto together with new friends the Tin Woodsman Scarecrow and cowardly Lion embark on a fantastic uest along the Yellow Brick Road in search of the Emerald The Wizard of Oz as An Economic Parable A Short IntroductionThis might be common knowledge or it might not be Some economics textbooks claim this is a wonderfully esoteric nugget The story of Oz was an economic parable Take that all you who said economics can t be funRedistributions of wealth caused by unexpected changes in the price level are often a source of political turmoil From 1880 to 1896 the price level in the United States fell 23 percent This deflation was good for Haves creditors primarily the bankers of the Northeast but it was bad for Have Nots debtors primarily the farmers of the South and West The deflation was blamed almost exclusively on the now notorious Gold Standard and a proposed move towards Silver was instead the craved for alternativeThe Silver issue dominated the presidential election of 1896 William McKinley the Republican nominee campaigned on a platform of preserving the gold standard William Jennings Bryan the Democratic nominee ranged boldly against Gold and for Silver In a famous speech Bryan proclaimed You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold Not surprisingly McKinley was the candidate of the conservative eastern establishment whereas Bryan was the candidate of the southern and western populistsThen came The Wizard of Oz The midwestern journalist L Frank Baum tells the story of Dorothy a girl lost in a strange land far from her home in Kansas Dorothy representing traditional American values makes three friends a scarecrow the farmer a tin woodman the industrial worker and a lion whose roar exceeds his might William Jennings Bryan Together the four of them make their way along a perilous yellow brick road the gold standard hoping to find the Wizard who will help Dorothy return homeEventually they arrive in Oz Washington where everyone sees the world through green glasses money The Wizard William McKinley tries to be all things to all people but turns out to be a fraud Dorothy s problem is solved only when she learns about the magical power of her otherwise ordinary silver slippers Unfortunately the movie forgot the parable and omitted the silver slippers thus depriving the majority of the audience of the real delight in the victoryThe Republicans The Wizard won the election of 1896 and the United States stayed on a gold standard but the Free Silver advocates got the inflation that they wanted after gold was discovered in Alaska Australia and South Africa Even later Gold was abandoned altogether and the fraudster wizards was never heard from again Dorothy and Baum had the last laugh over the unwanted magical oppression of the Yellow Brick Road and the green tinted world Well at least from the road

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When Dorothy and her little dog Toto are caught in a tornado they and their Kansas farmhouse are suddenly transported to Oz where Munchkins live monkeys fly and Wicked Witches rule Desperate to return home and wit Once upon a time there lived a Golden Age gay icon who whiled away her pre waxing years sitting atop a split rail fence in some dour nondescript American Midwest landscape Her dreams of a outrageously fierce existence in the big city wearing roller skates and one foot diameter afro wigs and dancing to Army of Lovers in between lines of blow were hemmed in on all sides by rusted farm euipment NAPA Auto Parts Stores and a lone dejected Applebee s out on the turnpike Kansas didn t even have a meth lab yet Or a Sally Beauty Supply Her nascent fabulousness was imprisoned by voluminous swaths of gingham satin ribbons and fussy lace collars none of them unfortunately worn ironically with a lollipop or a pacifier or Harajuku style at the behest of Aunt Em a woman whose character is explained by the shocking fact that the better part of her non church wardrobe was purchased at uality Farm Fleet I know Couldn t you just dieThis girl as yet scarcely old enough to have a couple of cherries or a leaping dolphin tattooed near her cameltoe was named Dorothy One day like so many dreamy eyed girls she donned her Skechers and her discount department store jeans and waited for a meteorological disaster to rescue her from her sad glitterless rural life As luck would have it one day an especially violent cyclone rated EF4 by the local weather service carved a bloody path of destruction misery and death through central Kansas carrying Dorothy s trailer with her and her dog Toto inside watching Judge Judy high into the troposphere At first Dorothy mistook the rhythmic vibrations for a circuit party and looked under the bed for her whistle but soon enough she realized she was airborne And it felt Fab U Lous She thought she even spotted a cross country Virgin America flight with Diana Ross sitting in first class refusing a skunky glass of Chardonnay and calling the stewardess an uppity white bitch She ll have Dershowitz on the phone when she gets to LAX But maybe Dorothy was unconscious and imagining it all At any rate she was immune to the ghastly soul rending shrieks rising from below of a Kansas mother cradling her dead baby who was impaled by a windswept awl in the cyclone She was busy listening to Yahoo by Erasure on her iPod Eventually after floating around earth s gaseous atmosphere for a couple of hours dreaming of Barney s Co op Sale Dorothy landed in some unknown land flat ironed her hair and repositioned her training thong Outside her trailer a bunch of ghetto midgets were milling around with some old witchy broad No it wasn t that berfem Glinda like in the movie it was some tired ass old mannish thing looking like Linda Hunt in The Year of Living Dangerously Basically this bitch is no help at all She s supposedly a witch and you d think she d know the way to the Meatpacking District but all she does is give her some cheap ass silver shoes Steve Madden yuck and kiss Dorothy on the forehead leaving this magical lipmark Dorothy suspects it s herpes simplex one and hightails it outta there before the witch gives her boxed wine and has her pose for art photographs Yes I remember the very special episode of Diff rent Strokes with Gordon Jump very well thank you very muchOkay you know the rest of the story for the most part Dorothy seeks out the Wizard of Oz by mapuesting Emerald City or alternately the City of Emeralds and on the way she meets a Scarecrow a Tin Woodman and a Lion who are all needy and want to bask in the glow of her super hot blinding aura and fierce fantabulousness and bum a few amphetamines The Wizard who likes to mix up his corporeal manifestations appears to them in his Emerald City throne room Picture Antwan Big Boi Patton s house on Cribs but with fewer stripper poles and lots green marble in the forms of a giant Little Richard sized head a Sears catalog swimsuit model a vaguely menacing monster and a talking ball of fire Obviously the Wizard has been to see Cirue de Soleil and knows the power of a little u b cois razzle dazzle Whilst filing his nails and reading the latest issue of Interview with Drew Barry on the cover the Wizard tells his motley supplicants that yeah yeah sure he will grant their stupid retarded wishes if they murder the Wicked Witch of the West a Tribeca scenester who is always bogarting Page Six with her leather daddy winged monkey warehouse parties Dorothy Crew reluctantly agree an act of volition which effectively makes Dorothy the youngest hit girl in the history of YA literature and the only one to ever wear lace trimmed socklets Eventually during a wet t shirt contest the witch melts and Dorothy still flush with her first taste of killing sweet killing returns with her entourage to the Wizard to claim her payoff But then gosh golly gee whiz in a startling atheistic allegory the all powerful Wizard is revealed to be an impotent little Wallace Shawn type standing behind a screen fiddling with some sound board knobs Nietzsche couldn t ve said it any better The Wizard who realizes he s dealing with a bunch of saps here pretends to grant everyone s wishes except Dorothy s cuz he s totally jealous of her fabulousness and they actually fall for it Dorothy burnt out on the Emerald City scene and suffering from dehydration and exhaustion longs to return to Kansas to start her autobiographical blog A bunch of stupid stuff happens some of which involve a hot air balloon and bitch slapping trees and the uartet make their way to Glinda the Witch of the South to see if she can grant Dorothy s wish and thereby prove that she s at least somewhat less worthless than everybody else in OzOn the way to the Glinda s hood the posse comes across a village where all the people are made of china and break easily Gee I wonder why they left that great episode out of the film and after the Lion accidentally destroys one of their china churches with his tail I m not kidding giving impetus to hate crime legislation the world over the Tin Woodman decapitates some wolves with his ax Dorothy skips and frolics through the gory pools of matted fur blood and steaming viscera and asks Glinda who appears to be on uaaludes for a trip home Glinda as useless as every other allegedly magical person in Oz tells her that the cheap ass Steve Madden shoes she s been wearing could ve gotten her back to Kansas all along And by the way when she returns to the Sticks she should really take off those Chinese panda skin leatherette things They ll give her fatal foot rashSo Dorothy uses the magic of those shoes made in China under the brand name of a man imprisoned for magical tax evasion to return to Kansas where her Aunt and Uncle have long since forgotten about her and adopted a attractive Latvian girl who s not too prissy to hand inseminate the cows Dorothy overdoses one night in a dilapidated feed barn on a potent mixture of Robitussin and Gas X and Judy Davis plays her in a television movie that no one remembers long enough to have forgotten

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City There they hope to meet the legendary all powerful Wizard of Oz who alone may hold the power to grant their every wishJust as captivating as it was a hundred years ago this is a story that all ages will love Dorothy from Kansas wherever that is lives with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry on the flat American prairie the harsh Sun beating down from the gray sky making everything turn gray the gray grass house clothes and especially the people animals are probably gray too might seem the least likely place that she visits that is real No trees brooks beautiful birds singing or anything colorful around the poor farm But our adventures begin when a tornado lifts unlucky Dorothy her dog Toto and only friend while inside their small one room house up into the swirling whistling ominous black sky scared Aunt Em in the cellar a dark hole in the ground under the floor hiding and Uncle Henry outside taking care of the frightened farm animals The little girl is all alone with her dog as the strong winds of the storm takes her higher and higher always going above and further from Dorothy s loved ones which is the blood relative is strangely never stated After countless hours pass she falls asleep on her bed Awakening by a loud noise the house crashing down on the ground the next day terrifying Dorothy opening slowly the door she is stunned all is beautiful brilliant colors green grass a lovely stream gorgeous flowers trees with delicious fruit hanging on their branches birds sweetly singing everywhere her eyes can see blue skies But weird uite small people are timidly coming towards Dorothy they think she is a horrible powerful witch the juvenile feels uneasy looking fully grown like the Munchkins yet still a little girl s size they welcome her to this wonderland And thanking the girl for their freedom by killing the wicked Witch of the East whose body lies underneath the house The pretty Witch of the North and is good also unheard of news spreads uickly in the Land of Oz gives Dorothy the magical silver shoes of the dead sorceress The farm girl wants to get back home to Kansas asks directions nobody knows it but all tell Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City where the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz presumably lives and rules Trouble is people never see the terrible wizard but he is the only one who can help Dorothy get back On the long journey the young girl and Toto meet the brainless failure the Scarecrow stuck on a pole the Tin Woodman rusting outside in a forest tin doesn t rust the Cowardly Lion attacking the group on the road and afterwards crying all join Dorothy on her impossible uest for a brain a heart and courage the joke of this story is that every traveler already has them even Dorothy s wish can be easily achieved Wide ditches have to be jumped wild animals fought rivers crossed ugly flying monkeys bees poisonous blue red yellow white and purple flowers thick gloomy forests strange people some unfriendly and not made of flesh the evil dreadful Witch of the West in her impenetrable dismal castle but that is later must be overcome to reach the fabulous Emerald City They have a secret weapon Toto is not afraid of anything he can look behind the curtain


10 thoughts on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  1. says:

    Ah such fun I don't think I'll read the rest of the series but I did really enjoy this

  2. says:

    ENGLISH The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ITALIANODorothy is a young girl who lives with her aunts in a small farm in Kansas Due to a tornado she is catapulted with her house in a freaky village Dorothy's journey which I discovered at 38 thanks to my daughter and to the well established habit of reading something to her before going to bed begins in this way The thing that impressed me most about this wonderful story is that the title The Wonder

  3. says:

    Once upon a time there lived a Golden Age gay icon who whiled away her pre waxing years sitting atop a split rail fence in some dour nondescript American Midwest landscape Her dreams of a outrageously fierce existence in the big city wearing roller skates and one foot diameter afro wigs and dancing to Army of Lovers in between lines of blow were hemmed in on all sides by rusted farm euipment NAPA Auto Parts Stores and a

  4. says:

    The Wizard of Oz as An Economic Parable A Short IntroductionThis might be common knowledge or it might not be S

  5. says:

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to BookendDorothy Gale and her little dog Toto are swept away by a tornado from Kansas all the way to the Land of Oz With a little help from the Witch of t

  6. says:

    My 8 year old decided she wanted to read this one and we just finished buddy reading two different copies The copy she’s reading is a new Scholastic version which is just a simple paperback with an adorable cover I went ahead and picked up this 100th anniversary edition for our home library because it’s illustrated large print and hardcover which I love I’m sure most already know the story The beginning opens with a cyclone that carri

  7. says:

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a brief and magical adventure tale filled straightforward prose predictable plot and uninteresting protagonists with a penchant for morbidity self mutilation and decapitation while whimsically traipsing along in a bizarre land chock full of eldritch creatures Whirled by a cyclone Dorothy an innocent harmless little girl and Toto her adorable dog are whisked away in a peculiar lan

  8. says:

    Book 20100 for 2015I really really liked this book I honestly had pretty low expectations going into this book and thought it wouldn't compare

  9. says:

    Dorothy from Kansas wherever that is lives with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry on the flat American prairie the harsh Sun beati

  10. says:

    This is one of the most bizarre books I've ever read The fantasy elements are all rather ordinary There’s a secret world

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