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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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Jul 11, Rebecca Weller rated it really liked it. Do you think that Maguire improves in the way he tells his story? Part fairy tale, part historical fiction, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is Maguire’s creative interpretation of “Cinderella”. Iris Fisher Trudie Styler They came to escape the cruelty and violence in England. Her mother is spiritually suffocated by her obsession with appearances and survival and it was heart rendering at times to see how this fear crippled her daughters. One of my major criticisms of Wicked was the inconsistencies and tsepsister plot arcs.

Whilst i can’t blame her for taking revenge on her evil mother, the fire-setting was completely reckless and anyone with any sense confessiosn know they were putting innocent lives at risk, so was she evil too or still a bit slow after all? Gregory Maguire is an American author, whose novels are revisionist retellings of children’s stories such as L.

She hardly says anything.

Be prepared for the twist maguirs the end! When I looked at the cover, I thought, okay, maybe in this story Cinderella is the bad guy, maybe she got her prince and being a bitch or something.

Because history was fucked up.

You will be redirected back to your article in seconds. The central character is not Cinderella who is a spoiled brat but Iris, the youngest of the two step-sisters.

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We have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes. Despite this I would recommend it to people who enjoy more adult or literary retellingsespecially if they enjoyed Wicked. The Max at Cheer Up Charlies. They travel to Hol Qn 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.

Dec 27, Lightreads rated it really liked it Shelves: Iris can finally face the circumstances o her father’s “death,” Clara begins uyly accept her condition of acute beauty, even the unfortunate Ruth moves on to something else.

I haven’t got the energy either. 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 strpsister and dazzling.

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Audible Download Audio Books. I read it for school and had no idea who the author was at first, until I read the author bio on the back. He combines lively characters with literary writing.

I think I will always try and fail to enjoy his writing. Throughout the course of this book it looked set to gain two stars from me, but the ending ensured the confiscation of one of these. The merchant’s daughter, Clara, befriends the two young girls amidst her fear of leaving her home and her belief that she is a changeling. The happy fairy tale that everyone knows and shares, is turned upside down, and the real story is told.

I don’t know what it is stepsiser but I just can’t get into it and it’s boring as hell. I will do that today. Our heroine is the ugly stepsister my one complaint: Grrgory from ” https: Political plotting has become a national pastime in Britain.

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Please fill out this field with valid email address. What fate befell those untouched by beauty After all, how can he screw up a maguige about Cinderella? Want to Read saving…. The epilogue reads like something that has been tacked on in order to make up for loose ends, and ultimately transforms a story that seems like it is trying to veer away from the formulaic fairy tale mold gregorh a “happily-ever-after”, problems-solved-in-the-last-five-minutes kind of thing. Perhaps it cannot even be identified for what it is.

Maybe I was This is a retelling of Cinderella.

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And i won’t be reading ‘Wicked’ anytime soon. Period Pieces I’ve Seen. The person on the verge of becoming someone else? Moreover, Cinderella is practically a servant of the house, forced to spend most of her time in the kitchen.

Iris marries Caspar and paints at his side, sometimes under his name; Caspar “dutifully” cares for Ruth; and Clara eventually dies in New Amsterdam from a complaint of the heart. And Cinderella herself was pretty much non-existent.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In Confessions of an Ugly StepsisterClara hgly the one who always has to stand next to van den Meer to sell her beauty, and to be exploited by him. I love the ideas of his novels, but every cofessions one is a let down. The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the WestMaguire continues to plumb his promising literary vein with this retelling of the classic Cinderella story.