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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Oh, i have just remembered a positive about this book. Jul 04, Wealhtheow rated gregpry liked it Shelves: How Does Perspective Impact a Story? The ending was satisfactory and you’ll slowly learn to love Iris and even Ruth with all their flaws. I appreciated the more philosophical musing of art and beauty that are present throughout the book.

Modern fairy tale lovers The happy fairy tale that everyone knows and shares, igly turned upside down, and the real st While I think Gregory Maguire is brilliant to tackle these twisty fairy tales, and show us the “other” side, for me, I think that his writing is to wordy and maguirr too crowded, or overkill to actually tell the story he is looking to tell. The story itself, telling from the perspective of the ugly stepsister intrigued me.

Everybody who does business with van den Meer is obsessed with Clara and the flower that she is holding.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

She became the apprentice of the Master, because she is an observant. View all 5 comments.

O 25, Amanda Pearl rated it liked it Shelves: Both of the stories clearly imply beauty in some way; however, they both present beauty in various ways. The master makes Iris plain and unappealing to make the flowers look more alluring than they are: Margarethe returns to her homeland, Holland,with her two daughters – plain Iris and simple Ruth, afer her husband is murdered in England. She is desperate, trying to do whatever she can to survive.


Don’t exaggerate her physical virtues, Caspar, it does no good in the end. I’ve read a couple other books by him.

While at the ball, Ruth does the unthinkable out of jealousy and love of Clara and Master, burning down the Master’s magnum opus, a painting of Clara. He needs aj author’s Garmin. The analyses illustrated above identifies the theme of realistic beauty and unrealistic beauty, differing coonfessions formed by outer beauty, and the impact of beauty on society.

View all 6 comments. To dismiss the movie as a politically correct gloss-over is a mistake. It was okay, for me. Took me a while, especially copying all those quotations! Sep 26, Griffin Betz rated it it was ok Shelves: Season 44 Episode 8. 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”.

Gregory Maguire is an American author, whose novels are revisionist retellings of children’s stories such as L. Gregory Maguire novelGene Quintano teleplay. I remember when I read this book for the first time. I always thought Stepsisrer might secretly be a bitch. Iris Fisher Trudie Styler Oct 07, Audrephilia rated it it was ok. If magic was present, it moved under the skin of the world, beneath the ability of human eyes to catch sight of it.


Buck, Susan Edelman, Susie Bruffin. In this variation on Cinderella, Margarethe Fisher Van Den Meer is a former lady of means gregiry 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.

Return to Book Page. In the novel, Clara refuses to accept Margarethe, which is different from the fairy tale where she is simply victimized. All this, she cannot see because she kept reminding herself that she is simply plain. I gave it a chance. A look at the classic “Cinderella” story from the perspective of one of her ‘ugly’ stepsisters.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister 10 Mar Adeline Bby liked this book much more than wicked. In addition, the climax felt abrupt and at times elements were introduced that were a little too esoteric.

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They could be so much more engaging! But the story just limped along. The traditional stor I love fairy tale retellings The Tutor Ann Overstall Comfort Clara, the Cinderella character, seemed a very flat character magire me, although she could have been interesting if the author had developed her more.

Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. This was such an inventive retelling of Cinderella.