Editorial Reviews. Review. Gregory Maguire’s chilling, wonderful retelling of Cinderella is a study in contrasts. Love and hate, beauty and ugliness, . Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel by Gregory Maguire, retelling the tale of Cinderella through the eyes of one of her “ugly stepsisters.” In , the. The old, good stories are capable of endless revisiting and revisionism. Gregory Maguire, who has made a speciality of them, is far too canny a.

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What would happen if beauty was more of a curse than a blessing?

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister: Gregory Maguire: : Books

From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated second novel, a brilliant and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella tale. Dec 27, Lightreads rated it really liked it Shelves: I don’t care for approval and I don’t mind doing without. I wouldn’t recommend ugoy book but I had to read it for a class.

Although there is no magic in the story, it manages to feel magical for the reader. This dark folktale, a reworking of the Cinderella fable, is as exotic a vision Perhaps their lives were actuall This book gives a whole new magujre on the Cinderella, one that is completely believable. In the beginning, you’ll start to love Iris, the main stepsister though she is the younger. While the stepmother could still be considered “evil”, “Cinderella” and her stepsisters are actually as true sisters Contrastingly, in The Little Glass Slipper, the protagonist has been called Cinderella by her stepmother and stepsisters, with derision.


Also, I am surprised at the lack of sexuality in this book, which is a very prominent topic in some of his other books. The fairy tale, The Little Glass Slipper only provides fragmentary information; stepdister depicts the sttepsister of stepsisters without explanation of personal struggles and thoughts. This story potrays real life.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Did the book ever give details about hoe Henrietta was “murdered” other than vaguely mentioning poisoning? 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.

See all 4 questions about Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister…. Perhaps, the ball stepsisteg demonstrates the importance of outward appearances in the culture, because the purpose of the ball is to find a bride for the prince judging only by appearance.

Poor and begging, they have no choice but to first take a job as the housekeeper to an artist, then to a merchant of the city I believe it’s Amsterdam but not entirely sure. View all 3 comments. She can made the Prince talked to her, because she can converse with him in English.

I found wicked a little confusing at times, and while this book has some vague times it has a very solid …more I liked this book much more than wicked. In addition, the climax felt abrupt and at times elements were introduced that were a little too esoteric.


And why would anyone keep such a charade going for so long?

The traditional story of Cinderella is started on its course when a wealthy tulip merchant commissions the painter to paint his beautiful daughter, Clara, with an equally beautiful new tulip for marketing purposes. Magguire you’re in the mood for a very untraditional novel, this is the one for you. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. A very enjoyable read, particularly if you like twisted fairytales.

There is all of build up in this novel and the ending feels rushed, like he got bored half way through and just cohfessions to stop writing. 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.

A Twist in Time Mar 08, Britany rated it it was ok Shelves: I started the novel in the morning, the day I had to take my parents to the airport in Kalamazoo. But it’s not possible because Maguire characterizes each person so well that you’ll hate the princess. I’m sorry, I just cannot get into this story.

Captivating and beautifully written