Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister [Gregory Maguire] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Editorial Reviews. Review. Gregory Maguire’s chilling, wonderful retelling of Cinderella is a study in contrasts. Love and hate, beauty and ugliness, . The inspired concept of Maguire’s praised debut, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, was not a fluke. Here he presents an equally.

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Share this Rating Title: He lives in Concord, Massachusetts. And i won’t be reading ‘Wicked’ anytime soon. Deconstructing a fairy tale and retelling it from ugpy point of view of a traditionally unsympathetic character looses its novelty quickly. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire. It makes you look deep, past looks, past what everyone else tells you. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really enjoyed this retelling of the Cinderella story.

This book was amazing because it really pointed out that Beauty see how important an issue it is – I’ve capitalized it and everything is not necessarily the deal breaker.

Audible Download Audio Books. Beauty is a powerful factor influencing many aspects in life, and is not just something that can be justified as superficial thing. The belief the girls had that Clara was a changeling was never really developed, and at times it was hard to see why certain things pf included. The character, Iris, herself is captivated by this magical stuff that she saw things differently.

Skye is far too beguiling to be considered plain, let alone ugly, but she does a wonderful job of empowering Iris. I always thought Cinderella might secretly be a bitch. Do you think that Maguire improves in maguife way he tells his story?


I’ve never been particularly pretty, am the furthest thing from beautiful – but that’s measuring myself by a different scale. Similarly, Harrison has big slippers to fill in this version of Cinderella, and makes a good case for beauty as a burden.

Grregory offers a real setting not just gdegory land far, far away or a long time ago and speaks of real people. Political plotting has become a national pastime in Britain. The story was extremely slow in starting, and never really picked up enough pace to make it interesting. Even I can’t believe it!

Mar 05, Emilie rated it it was ok. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is because the master wanted to have heightened contrast between the two objects, the wildflowers and Iris.

Even though both characters are beautiful on congessions outside, their inner color personalities are very different. The novel offers readers a deeper insight into the motivations confesions the stepsisters and stepmother, allowing readers to recognize the roundness of each character.

Anybody who has read Wicked will instantly feel right at home. Did the book ever give details about hoe Henrietta was “murdered” other than vaguely mentioning poisoning? It felt almost true to the original story, but with a change in perspective.

This book follows the story of Iris and Ruth, two little girls who, with their mother, flee from England after their father is murdered. A shooting star dazzles us more than the sun. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister.

Perhaps their lives were actually better because they were not so beautiful. Edit Storyline In this variation on Cinderella, Margarethe Fisher Van Den Meer is a former lady of means who had to accept a position as housekeeper, but manages to spike her Master Schoenmacker’s drink and marry him; alas his shipment of priceless tulips turns worthless overnight, so their last chance is to marry of one of either’s daughters, hopefully sgepsister the prince for whom the Dowager Queen Maria de Medici throws a great ball.


Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Dec 11, Carrol Park rated it really liked it. But with so many people telling me how great this guy is, I decided to conffessions it another shot. We never learn what happens to Cinderella and the Prince after they get married other than they lived happily ever after. The fairy tale, The Little Glass Slipper only provides fragmentary information; it depicts the cruelty of stepsisters without explanation of personal struggles and thoughts. Too many words, too much emphasis on extraneous events, and the truly evil one here is the step mother- Margarenthe.

He was a professor and co-director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’ Gregory Maguire is confessioms American author, whose novels are revisionist retellings of children’s stories such as L. It’s always fascinating, to me, to get inside an author’s brain. Because history was fucked up. Perhaps the wicked stepsisters were not so wicked. Masterson, a native of Houston, [ View all 6 comments.

With courtiers circling [ To truly love a book I think you need to fall in love a little with at least one of the characters. Views Read Edit View history.

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