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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Maguire really likes to tackle these girl heroes and show a dark side. And this sounded as if the author left his finger on the bell when he struck it, to over-extend the metaphor. Even though both characters are beautiful on the ubly, their inner color personalities are very different. I was quite startled by the ending, and felt it a little abrupt, but how could I be disappointed after such a magical book!

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Feb 25, Amanda Pearl rated it liked it Shelves: Jan 17, Beverly rated it stspsister liked it. However, The Little Glass Slipper only depicts an evil aspect of the step family without providing surrounding circumstances. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. She doesn’t do anything. This story potrays real life. I will do that today. Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books.

This is not your fairy tale Ocnfessions. But this is Cinderellaafter all, and tragedy is inevitable. Iris secretly helps Clara get to the ball and the prince immediately falls in love with her. Iris, at first dismissed as plain, finds her own strength and beauty and, with the help of the Master, discovers a love of art.


Deconstructing a fairy tale and retelling it from the point of view of a traditionally unsympathetic character looses its novelty quickly. But the practical Dutch are fighting the plague and have no sympathy for the needy family. None of the characters are that likable either.

In Confessions, the characters are well fleshed out, the scenery set so divinely, and the pacing precise. With the novelty of retooled fairy tales gone, “Confessions'” ended up being a bit underwhelming. It makes you think. I’m looking for opinions on this novel before I dive into it, so that I have a more critical way of analyzing the novel as opposed confessions just gushing over the conefssions.

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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The setting in Holland at the time of the tulip “bubble” allows us to see the characters in both prosperity and adversity. The character, Iris, herself is captivated by this magical stuff that she saw things differently.

The story is similar to the original Cinderella story; however, the characters personas for the most part are all together different.

There is all of build up in this novel and the ending feels rushed, like he got bored half way uglly and just decided to stop writing. How we try to pin the world between opposite extremes! When the family ends up on the verge of bankruptcy, Margarethe devises a plan to introduce her daughters to the Prince of Marsillac at a ball being held in his honor.

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One ubly the stepsisters is the “hero” in the story, while Cinderella is a spoiled, selfish brat. Both of the stories clearly imply beauty in some way; however, they both present beauty in various ways.

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It offers a real setting not just a land far, far away or a long time ago and speaks of real people. But as I reached the middle part of the book, I realised this is not that kind of story. Iris is by far the most interesting character in the book, and her constant observations about women’s roles and beauty are the best parts of the book.

The title is very clever, mguire although not exactly unique due to all of the recent copycat ‘confessions of He lives in Concord, Massachusetts. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. When we grow up, we learn that it’s far more common for human beings to turn into rats.

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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Syepsister Cinderella herself was pretty much non-existent. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. However, since its absence means that the characters must solve their problems themselves, it should not be seen as detracting from the truth of the story. I wouldn’t recommend this book but I had to read it for a class. View all 11 comments.