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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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Mar 28, Tara rated it really liked it Shelves: The stepmother and stepsisters are full of confidence stepsizter sassiness, with the attitude of looking down on people other than themselves. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I’ve never been particularly pretty, am the furthest thing from beautiful – but that’s measuring myself by a different scale.

And why confesdions anyone keep such a charade going for so long? He dissects our preoccupation with physical beauty and its virtuous connotations by taking the well-known fairy tale, standing it on its head, and turning out its pockets. This is a retelling of Cinderella.

Just a moment while magiure sign you in to your Goodreads account. Start your free trial. The stars of Aquaman formed a special bond off-screen that let them push gregoey limits of their rivalry once they were in costume.

It also addressed one issue I am particularly prickly about. View all 7 comments. Maybe I was expecting some pumpkins, fairy god mother, etc. It was easier with this novel than with Wicked since Wicked took place in a completely alternate world. I’m officially co-producing this show.

In Confessions of an Ugly StepsisterClara is the one who always has to stand next to van den Meer to sell her beauty, and to be exploited by him. Oh, she is hard on Cinderella on occasion – and the girl certainly had it coming. Dec 11, Carrol Park rated it really liked it.


I off looking forward to reading more by this author.

Tragedy lands Margarethe and her daughters homeless in Holland, but a series of opportunistic finaglings soon finds the family merged with that of Clara’s, though still threatened by poverty. Perhaps they had lives too.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Was this review helpful to you? This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat There was a sort of dark and gritty take on it, how he writes the truth in an ugly light. The plan goes wildly astray yet achieves a measure of unpredictable success, and Clara emerges an unlikely Cinderella, armed with a self-awareness and the cachet of intrigue that only a beauty such as hers could possibly have afforded.

The belief the girls had that Clara was a changeling was never really developed, and at times it was hard to see why certain things were included. I love fairy tale retellings Iris is asked by Schoonmaker to be his model in a painting of wildflowers.

This book was written in the same style. Cinderella or Clara was quite the character, and Iris was likeable. 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. Iris is a fabulous character, and more than I can say for any other production, she seems like a REAL person. The setting and writing was a lush and richly formed tapestry. Set against the backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly We have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

Yet for all the youngsters’ talk of imps and changeling conspiracies, the plot is marked by a conspicuous absence of anything so fantastic. 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.


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

A Twist in Time Quotes from Confessions Of An What i didn’t realise was that the fairy g Throughout the course of this book it looked set to gain two stars from me, but the ending ensured the confiscation of one of these.

Anybody who has read Wicked will instantly feel right at home. I still haven’t read “Wicked. Furthermore, the narrator also indicates why the family came to the Netherlands in the first place: But compared to this, it was a thriller!

Just not interesting at all for me. Overall, it was an okay read, but I’m not sure I want to read Wicked now after reading this one.

Review: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister – Books – The Austin Chronicle

Similar to the original fairy tale, the villains are at times more int Part fairy tale, part historical fiction, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is Maguire’s creative interpretation of “Cinderella”. It’s always fascinating, to me, to get inside an author’s brain. LOL These days I don’t copy as many quotes because it’s too time-consuming. maguite

I thought a lot about what various characters did and said and what I felt about that. It would be nice if she listens to the Master, stop judging herself solely on her plain look. Do you think he develops plot and character more masterfully?