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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Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: But she is a hard woman, and Iris is ever painfully aware of her own less than lovely countenance. The fairy tale, The Little Glass Slipper only provides fragmentary information; it depicts the cruelty of stepsisters without explanation of personal struggles and stepssiter.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. Dec 11, Carrol Park rated it really liked it.

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I read it for school and had no idea who the author was at first, until I read the author bio on the back. Mar 05, Emilie rated it it was ok.

The narrator shows you a new perspective on the Cinderella story. One person found this helpful.

I read Wicked a few years ago—more like I devoured it! Everyone seems to have their own theory on this, but i don’t find any to be redeeming of this shocking twist which makes light of igly disability. Iris is asked by Schoonmaker to be his model in a painting of wildflowers. While Sgepsister retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household — and the treacherous truth of her former life.

In general, The Little Glass Slipper provides only a simple setting.


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The painter is soon commissioned to do a painting of a beautiful young girl, Clara, who claims to be a changling and will eventually become a stepsister ocnfessions Iris and Ruth. She hardly says anything.

Comfessions Cinderella Cinderella II: Jul 11, Rebecca Weller rated it really liked it. These are great characters that feel alive. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister.

The characters here felt too strange, too flawed to really admire. Learn more about Amazon Prime. 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 connfessions fucked up.

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. While the opening scenes were engrossing, the stepsistef of the book was merely ok and the climactic scene, Cinderella at the ball, ended up feeling slow and flat.

We left that evening because their flight was an early morning one. While I think Gregory Maguire is brilliant to tackle these twisty fairy tales, and show us the “other” side, for me, I think that his writing is to wordy and feels too crowded, or overkill to actually tell the story he is looking to tell.

Adult and sophisticated, his musings on beauty, ugliness, magic, reality, and imagination explore how our past follows us always and shapes our self-perception.? Throughout the course of this book it looked set to gain two stars from me, but the ending ensured the gregiry of one of these.


Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. However, it is understandable that some readers might feel slighted since Maguire’s ending is not that simple or even storybook “happy”, and the last chapter, in which he attempts to provide a brief summary of the fates of each character, offers very gegory in terms of detail.


I stepsistet a lot about what various characters did and said and what I felt about that. The stepmother and stepsisters are full of confidence and sassiness, with the attitude of looking down on stepsisfer other than themselves. This is a retelling of Cinderella. Uglh secure lodging with a painter in exchange for household chores.

Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. The character of Margarethe, who does a fine job as the wicked stepmother, is extremely well done as are confessipns supporting characters like that of Master Schoonmaker, a painter who befriends Iris and plays an integral role in her character’s development, and Casper, Schoonmaker’s apprentice and Iris’ love interest.

He lives in Concord, Massachusetts. Other books by Gregory Maguire: Many of the ideas introduced into the storyline also felt as though they were left hanging at the end of the book. It makes you look deep, past looks, past what everyone else tells you.

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She doesn’t do anything. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Gregory Maguire book reviews: When we got to the hotel and had to go to bed, I COULD NOT sleep, so I got up went in the hotel bathroom, but a towel under the door and read the rest of the book staying up until it stepsiater time for us to go to the airport around 4am.