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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The master makes Iris plain and unappealing to make the flowers look more alluring than they are: We never learn what happens to Cinderella and the Prince after they get married other than they lived happily ever after. Oct 07, Audrephilia rated it it was ok.
Okay, this book is just “not quite.
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Perhaps they had lives too. The Wonderful World of Disney — The writing is fairly descriptive and florid and made it hard to get going with. Confessions of an Ugly StepsisterGregory Maguire. Dec 11, Carrol Park rated confsssions really liked it. Full Cast and Crew. Presidio by Randy Kennedy.
But with so many people telling me how great this guy is, I decided to give it another shot. Jul 04, Wealhtheow rated it liked it Shelves: What i knew of the storyline beforehand was basically that it was going to be a re-telling of the cinderella story from the perspective of one of the stepsisters. However, The Little Glass Slipper only depicts an evil aspect of the step family without providing surrounding circumstances. Part fairy tale, part historical fiction, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is Maguire’s creative interpretation of “Cinderella”.
A somewhat creative variation, but one in which many of the characters are incredibly hard to like, and the story just fa Maguire’s ability to come up with an interesting story is far better than his ability to tell the story. This book follows the story of Iris and Ruth, two little girls who, with their mother, flee from England after their father is murdered.
Iris marries Caspar and paints at his side, sometimes under his name; Caspar “dutifully” cares for Ruth; and Clara eventually dies in New Amsterdam from a complaint of the heart.
Iris, at first dismissed as plain, finds her own strength and beauty and, with the help of the Master, discovers a love of art. Maguire’s ability to come up with an interesting story is far better than his ability to tell the story. Similar to the original fairy tale, the villains are at times more interesting and better developed than the victims.
She’s presented as not an evil witch, but a ferociously strong-willed woman who is out to survive at any cost.
Although there is no magic in the story, it manages to feel magical for the reader. What does that have to do with anything? I think for one fairy tale retelling, this story gave a very good message, on beauty. This book is filled with complex metaphor and simile, which occasionally borders on gregorg and certainly more than necessary to tell the story, but not necessarily too much for readers who appreciate Maguire’s style of writing.
Advertise About Tips Contact Us. There was a sort of dark and gritty take on it, how he writes the truth in an ugly light. It’s a tall order that director Gavin Millar and an extremely talented cast are able to meet with aplomb. Then through a series of events change of job, miscarriage and death Margarethe ends up married to the tulip merchant. Both sisters are ugly, but thoughtful, and care deeply about Clara. After all, how can he screw up a story about Cinderella? Her relationships with her mother, sister, step- sister Clara Cinderellaand the painter’s apprentice, Casper, form the loci around which each of these issues is explored.
Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. This is not the sort of book you can passively absorb.
Ruth, the oldest, confesssions dumb and mute and taken care of by Iris, the younger, smarter sister, who shows artistic promise but is considered plain at best and will never be a beauty.
Then, I sat there and stared at it for a while. It was why I fell in love with Iris – she was so realistically self-deprecating that it made me feel like it’s okay to not be pretty.
Isn’t that sort of beauty more beautiful than any other? It offers a brave, out-of-the-ordinary heroine, one of the ugly stepsisters herself. I found wicked a little confusing at times, and while this book has some vague times it has a very solid plot.
It was one of those some-kind-of-wonderful books that you’re always trying to find. But as I reached the middle part of the book, I realised this is not that kind of story. It was hard to get my head out stepsisteer the world of this book.
A child captivates like an elf, but grows into grossness, an ogre, a harpy I like complicated or misunderstood characters.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
I’ve never been particularly pretty, am the furthest thing from beautiful – but that’s measuring myself by a different scale. 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 cohfessions I believe it’s Amsterdam but not entirely sure. Only as an epilogue do we discover what happened to Iris, the main character of the book, and even then, it is brief and without many details. Took me a while, especially copying all those quotations!
This one was rife for Maguirizing—a story about girls where beauty is good and pure and being anything except a conventional beauty is evil and disgusting. Since she had a beautiful appearance, her parents use her by painting her portrait to make money.