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 love books based on fairy tales, but it’s taken me forever to really read any of Maguire’s stuff. If you can, pick this up and fall in love with Cinderella: Have you ever wondered why the typical stepmother and stepsisters who appear in the Cinderella story are evil and cruel? Many of the ideas introduced into the storyline og felt as though they were left hanging at the end of the book.

Dec 11, Carrol Park rated it really liked it.

View all 8 comments. Feb 25, Amanda Pearl rated it liked it Shelves: The ending was satisfactory and you’ll slowly learn to love Iris and even Ruth with all their flaws.

Margrethe makes Iris and Ruth go to the ball in the hopes of making the prince fall in love with Iris. This story seemed ripe for sexual exploitation, and if there was any it was only hinted at. Later in time, when the painting is all done, Iris gets an opportunity to see the painting, and finds herself to be less attractive than she is in real life.


Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

They travel to Hol I read this for one of my F2F book clubs and after having read “Mirror, Mirror” a number of years ago, I was not looking forward to it. The retelling of ‘Cinderella’ felt less developed and the world of “Confessions,” 17th Century Holland, seems less vivid than Maguire’s reimagining of Oz.

Eric This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ yes. Margarethe returns to her homeland, Holland,with her two daughters – plain Iris and simple Ruth, afer her husband is murdered in England.

Hardly a week goes by vregory an attempted parliamentary coup. Adeline I liked this book much more than wicked.

This book was written in the same style. 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.

“The Wonderful World of Disney” Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (TV Episode ) – IMDb

A look at the classic “Cinderella” story from the perspective of one of her ‘ugly’ stepsisters. Feb 06, Joy H. The happy fairy tale that everyone knows and shares, is turned upside down, and the real story is told. She doesn’t do anything. Fortune Teller Emma Poole The Wonderful World of Disney — Actually, ‘Wicked’ was written after ‘Confessions’ but I read ‘Wicked first Add the first question.


Caspar – my third favourite character after Iris and Ruth. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.

The gdegory takes us to seventeenth-century Holland where a plain and physically-unremarkable Iris, the protagonist, along with her conniving mother and mentally-challenged sister find themselves at the whim of the townsfolk’s generosity and eventually at the mercy of their mother’s bartering skills. Then through a series of events change of job, miscarriage and death Margarethe ends up married to the tulip merchant.

The fact she has no shame in all this means she was either mentally-ill or horribly twisted. 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.

It would be nice if she listens to the Master, stop judging herself solely on her plain look. But the story just limped along.

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