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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Moreover, this book emphasizes her personal feelings toward other characters within the book. Mar 28, Tara rated it really liked it Shelves: The ending was satisfactory and you’ll slowly learn to love Iris and even Ruth with all their flaws.

Did the book ever give details about hoe Henrietta was “murdered” other than vaguely mentioning maguure I read Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire back inbut have forgotten to add it to my shelves here. The writing is fairly descriptive and florid and made it hard to get going with.

ugl The story was extremely slow in starting, and never really picked up enough pace to make it interesting. Maguire provides interesting characters and plots that keep a reader interested.

There’s a nice twist near the end which gave me a mahuire brain jolt, and I always like that. View all 3 comments. I’m officially co-producing this show.

Therefore, different perspectives can draw attention to specific characters, plot, and shepsister in the story.

Gerard Simon clearly relishes his job behind the camera, capturing interiors and exteriors with Rembrandt-like precision. The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the Westthis retelling leaves behind magic, instead relying on kgly genuine historical period and uncanny characters to imbue the novel with an unworldly tone.


Confessions of magguire Ugly Stepsister. Maguire has turned his shtick into a cottage industry, which is fine. She hardly says anything. Margarethe returns to her homeland, Holland,with her two daughters – plain Iris and simple Ruth, afer her husband is murdered in England. Why take out fairy godmothers and magic mice to make your story seem realistic and then add in other mythical creatures? For those of you who’ve read both Wicked and this, which do you prefer?

She thought Clara is a changeling. Her mother is spiritually suffocated by her obsession with appearances and survival vonfessions it was heart rendering at times to see how this fear crippled her daughters.

A Twist in Time Young Adult at Heart: It reads like older literature, makes excellent use of forgotten expressions or at least those whose meanings have been convoluted over timeand really works with cultural paradigms of times past so you remember why things are fucked up.

Sep 24, Amanda rated it liked it Recommends it for: It was interesting to me that there seemed to be so much about how the characters looked at or perceived stpesister as opposed to deformity, kindness as opposed to waspishness, various social classes and the different cultural beliefs.

Not that Wicked was action packed. Is this the main thing that painters of portraits care about?

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Moreover, Cinderella is practically a servant of the house, forced to spend most of her time in the kitchen. This story is all too dark and sinister for my liking. Also, I am surprised at the lack of sexuality in this book, which is a very prominent topic in some of his other books. She is just a monkey in a zoo who is there for the visitors, and as a result, She becomes a person who is very timid and temperamental.


Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

But the story just limped along. After all, how I am an idiot. One of my major criticisms of Stepsisher was the inconsistencies and underdeveloped plot arcs. Since she had a beautiful appearance, her parents use her by painting her portrait to make money. I did it to myself again. I read Wicked and liked it, even if I was pretty surprised at how dark and unlike the musical it was!

A somewhat creative variation, but one in which many of the characters are incredibly hard to like, confessiins the story just falls flat in the gregoey. Whilst i can’t blame her for taking revenge on her evil mother, the fire-setting was completely reckless and anyone with any sense would know they were putting innocent lives at risk, so was she evil too or still a bit slow after all?

Set ztepsister 17th century Holland during the Tulip craze this version of Cinderella is by far my favorite. Perhaps their lives were actuall This book gives a whole new view on the Cinderella, one that is completely believable. Many of the ideas introduced into the storyline also felt as though they were left hanging at the end of the book.