I knew I wanted to read the book all in one day (since I would be distractable and anti-social in the evening otherwise), so I didn't read it on Monday when I returned, nor Tuesday, once too much of the day had been consumed with customs minutia. But today I did, in one long swoop interrupted only by the occasional breaks for soup and chocolate. (The New Covent Garden Soup Co.'s Parsnip and Bramley Apple soup tastes rather like a savory apple sauce.)
Anyways, that's a long-winded way of saying I've finally read it. I can now read everyone else's discussions of the book.
After reading the ending, here's the song that's stuck in my head:
Glinda: You can still be with the wizard
What you've worked and waited for
You can have all you ever wanted...
Elphaba: I know--- But I don't want it- NO--- I can't want it
Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I'm through with playing by the rules
Of someone else's game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It's time to trust my insticts
Close my eyes and leap
It's time to try
I think I'll try
And you can't pull me down...
From "Defying Gravity", from the musical Wicked