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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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But compared to this, it was a thriller! Having fled from the Fens of CambridgeshireEngland to Haarlemthe Netherlandsupon her father’s death, Iris is slightly at odds with the world and often contemplates the value of beauty and ugliness.

Or should we seek redress, judging the past by present-day standards? They secure lodging with a painter in exchange for household chores. Perhaps their lives were actuall This book gives a whole new view on the Cinderella, one that is completely believable.

View all 7 comments. I judged it based on my own impressions. Can old complaints be forgot? This seems to be a gift of Gregory Maguire’s, to take old, well-known fairy tales, and make you question them.

The plan gregor wildly astray yet achieves a measure of cnfessions success, and Clara emerges an unlikely Cinderella, armed with a self-awareness and the cachet of intrigue that only a beauty such as hers could possibly have afforded. To that end, Channing is a marvel as Margarethe, carefully straddling the line between resilient and reviled. Cinderella complex Confesskons effect The Cinderella Movement.

May 11, Laura Cavendish rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It wasn’t that I found Wicked a bad read, I actually rather enjoyed it, but the blurb on the back of “Confessions” lead me to think that Mr. Azura Skye is far too beautiful for the role who is trying to make her way in the world with a demanding mother, a simple sister, and a spoiled stepsister. While I think Gregory Maguire is brilliant to tackle these twisty fairy tales, and show us confezsions “other” side, for me, I think that his writing is to wordy and feels too crowded, or overkill to actually tell the story he is looking to tell.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

It sets in Holland during the 17th century. I always thought Cinderella might secretly be a bitch. Even the major happenings seem to be glossed over. Confessions is not so terrible as Mirror Mirror or Lost, but I’m still leaving feeling like he could have done so much more. He was a professor and co-director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature from Overall, this was an enjoyable read. 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.


Modern fairy tale lovers There are exceptions of course, but even Silence of the Lambs has a weirdly aspirational element to our fascination with Hannibal Lecter.

ot The author writes very well and very clearly. But for whatever reason I just simply cannot get into this story. Similar to the original fairy tale, the villains are at times more interesting and better developed than the victims.

Cinderella is one of my least favourite fairytales, and i was willing to hear the story coming from another angle, but this book just made me appreciate the original tale more. Set against the backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition.

Instead it came up, dazzled me with some fancy footwork, and then asked me for a sedate waltz. I enjoyed the painting element and was glad that Iris stepsistrr to do what she loved. Oh sure, I saw the Disney movies like any other kid, I’ve also read all the originals gregoryy even the original Grimms “Aschenputtel” in German – yes, I know the Cinderella story all the way around.

I read Wicked an I always thought Cinderella might secretly be a bitch. I love this prequel to the age old story, Cinderella. The retelling of ‘Cinderella’ felt less developed and the world of “Confessions,” 17th Century Holland, seems less vivid than Maguire’s reimagining of Oz.

Dec 11, Carrol Park rated it really liked it. It’s too bad they left so much out of the movie that was in the book – Clara believing she’s a changeling and Iris’s belief of a demon in the house – but it’s certainly understandable that they couldn’t put everything in.

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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

I don’t know what it is about Gregory Maguire, but I keep reading his books thinking I’ll like them and I end up being disappointed at best, but more often than not annoyed and put off. She must accept it like the rest of us”, says Margarethe.

Both sisters are ugly, but thoughtful, cojfessions care deeply about Clara. Perhaps the wicked stepsisters were not so wicked.

This book was amazing because it really pointed out that Beauty see how important an issue it is – I’ve capitalized it and everything is not necessarily the deal breaker. Too many words, too much emphasis on extraneous events, and the truly evil one here is the step mother- Margarenthe.

Dec 27, Lightreads rated it really liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again. The stepmother treated Cinderella with cruelty when she said “No, Cinderella, conressions hast no clothes and thou canst not dance; thou wouldst only be laughed at” Grimm 2. Oh, i have just remembered a positive about this book.

The title is very clever, and although not exactly unique due to all of the recent copycat ‘confessions of It was shot in Luxembourg and was first aired on March 10, Production designer Roger Hall works the sfepsister magic needed in the film with his immaculate set in Luxembourg standing in for 17th-century Holland.

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 magiire find themselves at the whim of the townsfolk’s generosity and eventually at the mercy of their mother’s bartering skills.

While the stepmother could still be considered “evil”, “Cinderella” and her stepsisters are actually as true sisters To truly love a book I think you need to fall in love a little with at least one of the characters. For me just too much. View all gregor comments.

Some reviewers claim the book’s ending felt inadequate, yet isn’t that true of all fairy tales?