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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Unlike Maguire’s other, wildly successful novel Wicked: I don’t know what it is exactly but I just can’t get into it and it’s boring as hell. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Or at least some tiny bit of magic. Her mother gregoyr spiritually suffocated by her obsession with appearances and survival and it was heart rendering at times to see how this fear crippled her daughters.

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Maybe I was expecting some pumpkins, fairy god mother, etc. After all, how I am an idiot. Adeline I liked this book much more than wicked.

But unless you’re interested in going through a post-modern reinvention of every single one of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, read Wicked. Oh sure, I saw the Disney movies like any other kid, I’ve also read all the originals – even the original Grimms “Aschenputtel” in German – yes, I know the Cinderella story all the way around.

Iris can finally face the circumstances of her father’s “death,” Clara begins to accept her condition of acute beauty, even the unfortunate Ruth moves on to something else. I enjoyed the painting element and was glad that Iris got to do what she loved. They came to escape the cruelty and violence in England. Margarethe returns to her homeland, Holland,with her two daughters – plain Iris and simple Ruth, afer her husband is murdered in England.

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He dissects our preoccupation with physical beauty and its virtuous connotations by taking the well-known fairy tale, standing it on its head, and turning out its pockets. Many of the ideas introduced into the storyline also felt as though they were left hanging at the end of the book.


Then through a series of events change of job, miscarriage and death Margarethe ends up married to the tulip merchant. We left that evening because their flight was an early morning one. The Max at Cheer Up Charlies. He writes reality – you’re going to find yourself a bit shocked but you’ll realize that it’s true.

Even I can’t believe it! Caspar – my third favourite character after Iris and Ruth. Though I can’t say it’s one of my favorites, the ending touched me and I am curious to read more of this author’s work. Oct 07, Audrephilia rated it it was ok. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

But this book, which was excellent by the standards of fiction everywhere, fell just that tragic bit short of the extraordinary thing that it could have been, that feeling when you read a book and it’s as if the whole thing rings like a bell, the note perfect and clear and dazzling.

New Year’s Eve Taco Fiesta. Clara hides herself in her room or the kitchen because she is afraid of leaving her comfort zone, and being recognized in public. They secure lodging with a painter in exchange for household chores.

Why take out fairy godmothers and magic mice to make your story seem realistic and then add in other mythical creatures? Having no interest in the outside world, especially a ball thrown by the prince’s godmother, Clara makes the kitchen her domain, preferring to live with the ashes and do the housework than to travel into the regular world.

I believe this is probably because it deals with artists during a fascinating period. She’s presented as not an evil witch, but a ferociously strong-willed woman who is out to survive at any cost. May 05, Mahina rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I always thought Cinderella might secretly be a bitch. His writing is often a bit too labored, his symbolism too transparent, stepsiser his literary devices a bit clunky.


Do you think that Maguire improves maguirw the way he tells his story? A somewhat creative variation, but one in which many of the characters are incredibly hard to like, and the story just fa Maguire’s ability to come up with an interesting story is far better than his ability to tell the story.

Moreover, Cinderella is practically a servant of the house, forced to stepsistef most of her time in the kitchen. Contrastingly, in The Little Glass Slipper, the protagonist has been called Cinderella by her stepmother and stepsisters, with derision. I read Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire back inbut have forgotten to add it to my shelves here.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel by Gregory Maguireretelling the tale of Cinderella through the eyes of one of her “ugly stepsisters.

I appreciated the more philosophical musing of art and beauty that are present throughout the book. I was told this was akin to Wicked!

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You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. This is not the sort of book you can passively absorb. For me, it was a satisfying read. The prince shows up and they live happily ever after and the step-family get their just desserts. Iris is hired to tutor Clara, who due to her sheltered life has become demanding and unsociable.

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Iris, at first dismissed as plain, finds gregoy own strength and beauty and, with the help of the Master, discovers a love of art. Search for ” Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister ” on Amazon.

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