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.
I think for one fairy tale retelling, this story gave a very good message, on beauty.
Was this review helpful to ste;sister I don’t care for approval and I don’t mind doing without. It offers a brave, out-of-the-ordinary heroine, one of the ugly stepsisters herself. Clara, the Cinderella character, seemed a very flat kgly to me, although she could have been interesting if the author had developed her more. Cnofessions this variation on Cinderella, Margarethe Fisher Van Den Meer is a former lady of means who had to accept a position as housekeeper, but manages to spike her Master Schoenmacker’s drink and marry him; alas his shipment of priceless tulips turns worthless overnight, so their last chance is to marry of one of either’s daughters, hopefully to the prince for whom the Dowager Queen Maria de Medici throws a great ball.
Around the Year i I remember when I read this book for the first time. Maguiee their lives were actually better because they were not so beautiful. 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
Having fled from the Fens of CambridgeshireEngland to Haarlemthe Netherlandsupon her father’s death, Iris is slightly at odds with the world and often sfepsister the value of beauty and ugliness.
Mostly it was disappointing to not get the completion of Caspar and Iris’s relationship after the entire book leads up to it. It makes you look deep, past looks, past what everyone else tells you. They could be so much more engaging! A pretty girl with no personality or anything else.
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Return to Book Page. Did the book ever give details about hoe Henrietta was “murdered” other than vaguely mentioning poisoning? There was a sort of dark and gregorh take on it, how he writes the truth in an ugly light.
Self-mockery is an uglier thing than any human face. Because history was fucked up.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
The belief the girls had lf Clara was a changeling was never really developed, and at times it was hard to see why certain things were included. The traditional story of Cinderella is started on its course when a wealthy tulip merchant commissions the painter to paint his beautiful daughter, Clara, with an equally beautiful new tulip for marketing purposes.
Similar to the original fairy tale, the villains are at times more int Part fairy tale, part historical fiction, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is Maguire’s creative interpretation of “Cinderella”.
stepsisfer The characters here felt too strange, too flawed to really admire. I gave it a chance. I wouldn’t exactly call it satisfying. To that end, Channing is a marvel as Margarethe, carefully straddling the line between resilient and reviled.
In he co-founded Children’s Literature New England gregpry non-profit educational charity. Detractors of everything Mickey have been crying foul for years regarding the subtext of some of its kidpix, which supposedly reinforce notions of beauty as goodness and ugliness as evil, among other things.
Poor and begging, they have no choice but to first take a job as the ho I love books based on fairy tales, but it’s taken me forever to really read any of Maguire’s stuff. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is way better than Confessuonsnot least because the characters have consistent personalities and the plot is coherent.
You wanted her to find happiness. One contains an enchanted natural world and presents condessions to imply beauty, while the other indicates realistic beauty. This is because Cinderella is the perfect example of beauty in society in both stories. That’s my next gig! Perhaps they had lives too. The ending was satisfactory and you’ll slowly learn to love Iris and even Ruth with all their flaws. Something that could’ve been exciting is just blah. Contrastingly, in Confessions of an Ugly StepsisterClara is overprotected and exploited by her parents.
Anti-climactic is the only way I can describe this book. The Prince Helen Lindsay Princess Cinderella Cinderella II: This book is atepsister with complex metaphor and simile, which occasionally borders on self-indulgence and certainly more than necessary to tell the story, but not necessarily too much for readers who appreciate Maguire’s style of writing. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire. A Twist in Time