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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In general, The Little Glass Slipper provides only a simple setting. Maguige, at first dismissed as plain, finds her own strength and beauty and, with the help of the Master, discovers a love of art.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, the plain younger daughter of Margarethe Fisher, as she takes confwssions of her mentally challenged older sister Ruth and her beautiful stepsister Clara.

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Do you think that Maguire improves in the way he tells his story? Production designer Roger Hall works the only magic needed in the film with his immaculate set in Luxembourg standing in for 17th-century Holland.

What does that have to do with anything? Iris is asked by Schoonmaker to be his model in a painting of wildflowers. I love the ideas of his novels, but every single one is a let down. Iris herself is hired to befriend the odd and ethereal daughter. Lists with This Book.


I always thought Cinderella might secretly be a bitch. In the novel, Clara refuses to accept Margarethe, which is different from the fairy tale where she is connfessions victimized.

Perhaps they had lives too. It offers a real setting not just a land far, far away or a long time ago and speaks of real people. After all, how I am an idiot. She became the apprentice of the Master, because she is an observant. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel by Gregory Maguireretelling the tale of Cinderella through the eyes of one of her “ugly stepsisters.

Actually, ‘Wicked’ was written after ‘Confessions’ but I read ‘Wicked first A somewhat creative variation, but one in which many of the characters are incredibly hard to like, and the story just falls flat in the end.

Furthermore, the narrator also indicates why the family came to the Netherlands in the first place: Read reviews that mention ugly stepsister fairy tale confessions of an ugly confewsions maguire fairy tales point of view cinderella story van den den meer ugly stepsisters read wicked iris and ruth sister ruth highly recommend well written retelling of cinderella mirror mirror happily ever story of cinderella conffessions margarethe.

Once again, it is a slipper that determines whom the Prince shall marry, but not until everyone has broken free of their socially predetermined positions. What fate befell grgory untouched by beauty This was an easy read and an interesting take on the “Cinderella” story, but it wasn’t amazing.

But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling?


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This is a retelling of Cinderella. 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 to just gushing over the author. At the end of the tale, the condessions eventual fates are revealed: Contrastingly, in Grsgory Little Glass Slipper, the protagonist has been called Cinderella by her stepmother and stepsisters, with derision.

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Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. The retelling of ‘Cinderella’ felt less developed and the world of “Confessions,” 17th Century Holland, seems less vivid than Maguire’s reimagining of Magire.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

The prince shows up and they live happily ever after and the step-family get their just desserts. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Margarethe eventually marries magukre den Meer, ste;sister Clara Iris’s stepsister. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister.

Write a customer review. Plain but smart Iris and her sister, Ruth, a hulking simpleton, are dazed and terrified as their mother, Margarethe, urges them into the strange Dutch streets.

This was such an inventive retelling of Cinderella.