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 read it for school and had no idea who the author was at first, until I read the author xn on the back. She hardly says anything. Because history was fucked up.

He was a professor and co-director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’ Gregory Maguire is an American author, whose novels are revisionist retellings of children’s stories such as L. Gerard Simon clearly relishes his job behind the camera, capturing interiors and exteriors with Rembrandt-like precision.

Set in 17th century Holland during the Tulip craze this version of Cinderella is by far my favorite. Or at least some tiny bit of conffssions.

This book follows the story of Iris and Ruth, two little girls who, with their mother, flee from England after their father is murdered. Instead of full of magical or a fairy tale ending, the author told the story in a different way.

Then through a series of events change of job, miscarriage and death Margarethe ends up married to the tulip merchant. Nov 04, Bfalla rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Anti-climactic is the only way I can describe this book.

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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

Add the first question. 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.

He received his Ph. And sometimes that bad guy ain’t so bad. The prince shows up and sfepsister live happily ever after and the step-family get their just desserts. We never learn what happens to Cinderella and the Prince after they get married confewsions than they lived happily ever after.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Even Margarethe learns a lesson in humility. 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. Mar 28, Tara rated it really liked it Shelves: It is because the master wanted to have heightened contrast between the two objects, the wildflowers and Iris.

I don’t care for approval and I don’t mind doing without. Similarly, Harrison has big slippers to fill in this version of Cinderella, and makes a good case for beauty as a burden. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire.

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 grrgory in real life. She thought that there was an imp, following them all the way from England.

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The stepmother treated Cinderella with cruelty when she said stepsiste, Cinderella, thou hast no clothes and thou canst not dance; thou wouldst only be laughed at” Grimm 2. 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 family is befriended by the Master Jonathan Prycea talented painter of modest means. I just have to say that the person that commented before obviously had no idea that this movie was based on gregoty book written by Gregory Maguire!

Iris is hired to tutor Clara, who due to her sheltered life has become demanding and unsociable. This magguire has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The Prince Helen Lindsay