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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I read it for school and had no magukre who the gergory was at first, until I read the author bio on the back. The person on the verge of becoming someone else? Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!

I definitely lost sleep over this book! After all, how can he screw up a story about Cinderella? She becomes the housekeeper for a painter. Hardly a week goes by without an attempted parliamentary coup.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

I never particularly liked the story of Cinderella as a child and as an adult some of the more troubling aspects of the tale became apparent. He writes reality – you’re going to find yourself a bit shocked but you’ll realize that it’s true. I atepsister Wicked an I always thought Cinderella might secretly be a bitch.

Feb 06, Joy H. I love this prequel to the age old story, Cinderella. Not that Wicked was action packed. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Both Iris Fisher -who is in love with painter Casper for whose master she sat as zn model- and Clara Van Den Meer make a good impression I wanted this book to walk up to me and knock me on my ass with a right hook to the gut.


I bought it the day after it came out, because I was already obsessed with Gregory Maguire despite the fact that he had only written one other adult book at that point.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

With courtiers circling [ It was hard to get my head out of the world of this book. And i won’t be reading ‘Wicked’ anytime soon. Dec 11, Carrol Park rated it confessiins liked it.

I love books based on fairy tales, mauire it’s taken me forever to really read any of Maguire’s stuff. Instead it came up, dazzled me with some fancy footwork, and then asked me for a sedate waltz. The characters here felt too strange, too flawed to really admire.

They exploit and stepdister advantages of their temporary appearance and are careless about their inner beauty. May 29, Samantha rated it it was amazing. The writing is fairly descriptive and florid and made it hard to get going with. It took me a really long time to read that, too.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister – Variety

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. Edit Storyline 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.


Feb 25, Amanda Pearl rated it liked it Shelves: Therefore, different perspectives can draw attention to specific characters, plot, and settings in the story.

confessionx This was such an inventive retelling of Cinderella. This is because Cinderella is the perfect example of beauty in society in both stories.

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.

To truly love a book I think you need to fall in love a little with at least one of the characters. I read Wicked a few years ago—more like I devoured it! Is it a curse or a blessing? I’m sorry, I just cannot get into this story. While caring for her sisters and keeping the peace between Clara and Margarethe, Iris develops a painter ‘s eye and spends time studying under a local painter known as The Master, and his apprentice, Caspar.

It felt almost true to the original story, but with a change in perspective. Quotes from Confessions Of An Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. Maybe I was expecting some pumpkins, fairy god mother, etc.

Caspar – my third favourite character after Iris and Ruth. Why take out fairy godmothers and magic mice to make your story seem realistic and then add in other mythical creatures?

Iris’s path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her ah.