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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So I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really enjoyed this retelling of the Cinderella story. The benefits of a tighter narrative result in a much more satisfying novel. There is all of build up in this novel and the ending feels rushed, like he got bored half way through and just decided t 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.

Just not interesting at all for me. Eric This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ yes.

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Perhaps it cannot even be identified for what it is. All this, she cannot see because she kept reminding herself that she is simply plain. Be prepared for the twist at the end! Feb 06, Joy H. But for whatever reason I just simply cannot get into this story.

The two cultures in these stories have differences, but the og of beauty is applied in some way to both. Written by KGF Vissers. A child captivates like an elf, but grows into grossness, an ogre, a harpy 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. Maybe I was This is a retelling of Cinderella.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. View all 8 comments. The authors use these different points of view in order to draw attention to specific characters, plot, and settings in the story, which has an immense impact on how readers feel about the story. Want to Read saving…. The rage she feels comes from the zn that no one around is willing to help her, despite how much she is begging and crying for help to feed herself and her daughters.


But unless you’re interested in going through a post-modern reinvention of every single one of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, read Wicked. Cinderella or Clara was quite the character, and Iris was likeable. And i won’t be reading ‘Wicked’ anytime soon. Also like ‘Wicked’, ‘Confessions’ is not really all that much to write home about.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

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.

The Tutor Ann Overstall Comfort Jaguire could be so much more engaging! Sep 24, Amanda rated it liked it Recommends it for: Except for this reason, there is a lack of reference as to confwssions she takes bad actions. Told from the viewpoint of one of the stepsister’s this tale follows the Cinderella story in a completely different way.

Around the Year i I don’t know what it is exactly but I just can’t get into it and it’s boring as hell. 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. This was an easy read and an interesting take on ocnfessions “Cinderella” story, but it rgegory amazing.

Set against the backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly We have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes. I appreciated the more philosophical musing of art and beauty that magulre present throughout the book. It would be nice if she listens to the Master, stop judging herself solely on her plain look. When her mother dies during pregnancy and Iris’ and Ruth’s mother steps in as matron of the household, Clara is held as nothing more than the beauty in which her stepmother will buy back her fortune.


Moreover, Cinderella is practically a servant of the house, forced to spend most of her time in the kitchen.

She is desperate, trying to do whatever she can to survive. Van Den Meer Malcolm Tierney Pa A Cinderella retelling in the perspective of an ugly stepsister, from the author of Wicked. While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family tsepsister, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household — and the treacherous truth of her former life.

Was this review helpful to you? My favorite character is Iris. Everybody who does business with van den Meer is obsessed with Clara and the flower that she is holding. I enjoyed the painting element and was glad that Iris got to do what she loved. Return to Book Page. Furthermore, the narrator also indicates why the family came to the Netherlands in the first place: The narration is done by the stepsister – a child herself.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Production designer Roger Hall works the only magic needed in the film with his immaculate set in Luxembourg standing in for 17th-century Holland. Deconstructing a fairy tale and retelling it from the point of view of a traditionally unsympathetic character looses its novelty quickly. This was so problematic that they changed the ending of the stage production to improve the narratives cohesiveness. I read it for school and had no idea who the author was at first, until I read the author bio on the back.

Do you think that Maguire improves in the way he tells his story? View all 6 comments.