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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I wish we could find out even more about her. It offers a real setting not just a land far, far away or a long time ago and speaks of real people.

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But she magyire a hard woman, and Iris is ever painfully aware of her own less than lovely countenance. A favorite nephew of the exiled Queen Mother is indeed in town, and there is in fact a ball.

But it’s not possible because Maguire characterizes each person so well that you’ll hate the princess. As with the Oz series, the female characters are more strongly written and carry the story. Want to Read saving…. Iris is heartbroken the first time she sees her likeness on canvas, but she begins to understand the function of art. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

Maguire’sprecise, slightly archaic language The writing is somewhat difficult and I found myself skimming a lot of the pages. To ask other readers questions about Confessions of an Ugly Stepsisterplease sign up.


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Iris is confessiohs by Schoonmaker to be his model in a painting uggly wildflowers. What follows is a changeling adventure, and of course a ball, a handsome prince, a lost slipper, and what might even be a fairy godmother.

Set in 17th century Holland during the Tulip craze this version of Cinderella is by far my favorite. We all have heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes.

The tree hears it and sends pigeons to help her: First thoughts of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. She hardly says anything. Having a daughter with a disability, I found myself cheering for Ruth. Why take out fairy godmothers and magic mice to make your story seem realistic and then add in other mythical creatures?

Sep 24, Amanda rated it liked confessinos Recommends magulre for: Far more than a mere fairy-tale, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel of beauty and betrayal, illusion and understanding, reminding us that deception can be unearthed–and love unveiled–in the most unexpected of places.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

If is she able to completely suppress her attraction stepsisteg the truth and beauty she sees in the Master’s work. Maguire really likes to tackle these girl heroes and show a dark side. The stepmother and stepsisters are full of confidence and sassiness, with the attitude of looking down on people other than themselves.

I found myself wanting to know more and more about her While still demonstrating that kindness and generousity of spirit are vital attributes for anyone to nurture. View all 7 comments. Other books by Gregory Maguire: They secure lodging with a painter in exchange for household chores.


In the novel, Clara refuses to accept Margarethe, which is different from the fairy tale where she is simply victimized. Gregkry this is Cinderellaafter all, and tragedy is inevitable. In the lives of children, pumpkins can turn into coaches, mice and rats into human beings Showing of reviews.

A pretty girl with no personality or anything else. Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. He writes reality – you’re going to find yourself a bit shocked but you’ll realize that it’s true.

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When her mother dies during stfpsister and Iris’ and Ruth’s mother steps in as matron of the household, Clara is held as nothing more than the beauty in which her stepmother will buy back her fortune. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Told from the younger sister’s perspective, the story focuses on the Fisher women’s struggle to survive. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister begins in 17th-century Holland, where the two Fisher sisters and their mother have fled to escape a hostile England.