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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She doesn’t do anything. One of my major criticisms of Wicked was the inconsistencies and underdeveloped plot arcs. Mar 08, Britany rated it it was ok Shelves: I love books based on fairy tales, but it’s taken me forever to really read any of Maguire’s stuff.

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Iris, at first dismissed as plain, finds her own strength and beauty and, with the help of the Master, discovers a tregory of art. Even during the hard times, the plain Iris must deal with the dumb Ruth and the neurotic Clara, yet she does with patience and care. Adeline I liked this book much more than wicked. Premier Logo Created with Sketch.

Actually, ‘Wicked’ was written after ‘Confessions’ but I read ‘Wicked first Everyone seems to have their own theory on this, but i don’t find any to be redeeming of this shocking twist which makes light of severe disability. There is all of build up in this novel and the ending feels rushed, like he got bored half way through and just decided to stop writing. Maguire has cpnfessions had this amazing way with words and even when writing from the second-person viewpoint, it was beautiful. To truly love a book I think you need to fall in love a little with at least one of the characters.


Audible Download Audio Books. One contains an enchanted natural world and presents magic to imply beauty, while the other indicates realistic beauty. Even the major happenings seem to be glossed over. Mostly it was gregoyr to not get the completion of Caspar and Iris’s relationship after the entire book leads up to grregory. I am an idiot. This story potrays real life. What’s on his Watchlist? But what of her stepsisters, hregory homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling?

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The story takes us to seventeenth-century Holland where a plain and physically-unremarkable Iris, the protagonist, along with her conniving mother and mentally-challenged sister find themselves at the whim of the townsfolk’s generosity and eventually at the mercy of their mother’s bartering skills. Movies I Wanna See. There was a sort of dark and gritty take on it, how he writes the truth in an ugly light.

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. She hardly says anything. The fairy tale, The Little Glass Slipper only provides fragmentary information; it depicts the cruelty of stepsisters without explanation of personal struggles and thoughts.

May 05, Mahina rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Don’t exaggerate her physical virtues, Caspar, it does no good in the end. Paperbackconfexsions. This book gives a whole new view on the Cinderella, one that is completely believable.

You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. The setting and writing was a lush and richly formed tapestry. Is it a curse or a blessing?


Her relationships with her mother, sister, step- sister Clara Cinderellaand the painter’s apprentice, Casper, form the loci around which each of these issues is explored.

View all 3 comments. Gregory Maguire is an American author, whose novels are revisionist retellings of children’s stories such as L.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

The concept is the same and the writing and the plot are better. Also, I am surprised at the lack of sexuality in this book, which is a very prominent topic in some of his other books. Skye is far too beguiling to be considered plain, let alone ugly, but she does a wonderful job of empowering Iris.

This is a retelling of Cinderella. It was hard to get my head out of the world of this book. Both of the stories clearly imply beauty in some way; however, they both present beauty in various ways. In 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.

I read Wicked a few years ago—more like I devoured it! Retrieved from ” https: