The wizard of Oz
"The Wizard of Oz was my very first literary influence," writes Salman Rushdie in his account of the great MGM children's classic. At the age of ten he had written a story, "Over the Rainbow," about a colorful fantasy world. But for Rushdie The Wizard of Oz is more than a children's film, and more than a fantasy. It's a story whose driving force is the inadequacy of adults, where the weakness of grown-ups forces children to take control of their own destinies. Rushdie rejects the conventional view that its fantasy of escape from reality ends with a comforting return to home, sweet home. On the contrary, it is a film that speaks to the exile. The Wizard of Oz shows that imagination can become reality, that there is no such place like home, or rather that the only home is the one we make for ourselves.
Rushdie's brilliant insights into a film more often seen than written about are rounded off with a typically scintillating new short story, "At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers," about the day when Dorothy's red shoes are knocked down to $15,000 at a sale of MGM props.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rsplenda477 - LibraryThing
Salman Rushdie simply gets it. His criticism of one of America's most treasured movies is spot on. Mixing arguments that include topics such as immigration as well as self concept, Rushdie proves why this 1939 masterpiece is more than just a fantasy movie. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - boywithgreenhat - LibraryThing
i felt that pattern of this story is reitertation. so it was boring.but this story is the dream-world and good for education. Read full review
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