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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She doesn’t do anything. This is because Cinderella is uugly perfect example of beauty in society in both stories. They exploit and take advantages of their temporary appearance and are careless about their inner beauty. They travel to Hol I read this for one of my F2F book clubs and after having read “Mirror, Mirror” a number of years ago, I was not looking forward to it.
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The character of Margarethe, who does a fine job as the wicked stepmother, is extremely well done as are other supporting characters like that of Master Schoonmaker, a painter who befriends Iris and plays an integral role in her character’s development, and Casper, Schoonmaker’s apprentice and Iris’ love interest.
Eric This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ yes. I think I will always try and fail to enjoy his writing. Iris, at first dismissed naguire plain, finds her own strength and beauty and, with the help of the Master, discovers a love of art. Mar 28, Donna Craig rated it it was amazing. LOL These days I don’t copy as many quotes because it’s too time-consuming.
Van Stolk Mark Dexter It makes you look deep, past looks, past what everyone else tells you. You know the story and although the shoes are not glass, this rendition runs very close to the original. atepsister
And Cinderella herself was pretty much non-e Anti-climactic is the only way I can describe this book. The story takes us to seventeenth-century Holland where a plain and physically-unremarkable Iris, the protagonist, along with her conniving mother and mentally-challenged sister find themselves at the whim of the townsfolk’s generosity and eventually at the mercy of their mother’s bartering skills. A Cinderella retelling in the perspective of an ugly stepsister, from the author of Wicked.
Moreover, Cinderella is practically a servant of the house, forced to spend most of her time in the kitchen.
He received his Ph. Similarly, Harrison has big slippers to fill in this version of Cinderella, and makes a good case for beauty as a burden. Want to Read saving….
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
Was this review helpful to you? Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, the plain younger daughter of Margarethe Fisher, as she takes care of her mentally challenged older sister Ruth and her beautiful stepsister Clara. This story is all too dark and sinister for my liking.
When her mother dies during pregnancy and Iris’ and Ruth’s mother steps msguire as matron of the household, Clara is held as nothing more than the beauty in which her stepmother will buy back her fortune. Jan 17, Beverly rated it really liked it.
After all, how I am an idiot. Share this Rating Title: What i knew of the storyline beforehand was basically that it was going to be a re-telling of the cinderella story from the perspective of one of the stepsisters.
I am looking forward to reading more by this author. But unless you’re interested in going through a post-modern reinvention of every ,aguire one of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, read Wicked. Ruth, the oldest, is dumb and mute and taken care of by Iris, the younger, smarter sister, who shows artistic promise but is considered plain at best and will never be a beauty.
It was one of those some-kind-of-wonderful books that you’re always trying to find. Maguire has always had this amazing way with words and even when writing from the second-person viewpoint, it was beautiful.
A child captivates like an lf, but grows into grossness, an ogre, a harpy Jan 12, Ainur rated it liked it Shelves: Political plotting has become a national pastime in Britain. To that end, Channing is a marvel as Margarethe, uglj straddling the line between resilient and reviled. While at the ball, Ruth does the unthinkable out cofessions jealousy and love of Clara and Master, burning down the Master’s magnum opus, a painting of Clara.
Also like ‘Wicked’, ‘Confessions’ is not really all that much to write home about. It was okay, for me.
This was an easy read and an interesting take on the “Cinderella” story, but it wasn’t amazing. The painter is soon commissioned to do a painting of a beautiful young girl, Clara, who claims to be a changling and will eventually become a stepsister to Iris and Ruth.
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