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Returning to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Currently: at home, listening to the rain, trying to fend off the beginnings of a cold.  (I haven't been sick in quite some was bound to happen.)

What better time to talk about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?

Most people are familiar with the film, having the somewhat abbreviated title of The Wizard of Oz.  It was one of my childhood favorites, perhaps more so even than Mary Poppins, and I still love it.  You'd have to be hardhearted not to at least sympathize with Dorothy's plight and desire to find home, after a gigantic cyclone tears her family apart and literally drops her in a strange, fantastical land.  For my part, I've never stopped wanting a pair of ruby slippers (magical or otherwise).

L. Frank Baum's 1900 book predates the film by some decades and the modern reader by over a century.  It takes us a little more imagination to picture even Kansas.  Baum's sparse yet concise prose helps us in this:
When Dorothy stood in the doorway and looked aroun…

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