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 story was extremely slow in starting, and never really picked up enough pace to make it interesting. Showing of reviews. There are a few gems in here that I did like, but for the most part this was a struggle for me to finish and a depressing story all around. Product details File Size: When I looked at the cover, I thought, okay, maybe in this story Cinderella is the bad guy, maybe she got her prince and being a bitch or something. So it’s no surprise that this novel is primarily occupied with female solidarityself- preservation and conformity.

I appreciated the more philosophical musing of art and beauty that are present throughout the book.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Cinderella complex Cinderella effect The Cinderella Movement. And the writing itself is outstanding, the sentence-by-sentence pace intricate and beautiful.

Oct 01, Shaun rated it really liked it Shelves: The rage she feels comes from the fact that no one around is willing to help her, despite how much she is begging and crying for help to feed herself and her daughters.

Iris is asked by Schoonmaker to be his model in a painting of wildflowers. However, since its absence means that the characters must solve their problems themselves, it should not be seen as detracting from the truth of the story.

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The ending was satisfactory and you’ll slowly learn to love Iris and even Ruth with all their flaws. Return to Book Page.

Although not as light-hearted as Wicked could be at times, Confessions is nearly as entertaining and quite as good. I’ve read a couple other books by him. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Even though both characters are beautiful on the outside, their inner color personalities are very different. But with so many people telling me how great this guy is, I decided to give it another shot.

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And Cinderella herself was pretty much non-existent. Iris is by far the most interesting character in the book, and her constant observations about women’s roles and beauty are the best parts of the book. Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister: I appreciated the sensory details and descriptions, and the various characters are original.

Showing of reviews. We left that evening because their flight was an early morning one. Trivia About Confessions of an Views Read Edit View history. How Does Perspective Impact a Story?

It was shot in Luxembourg and was first aired on March 10, Plain but smart Iris and her sister, Ruth, a hulking simpleton, are dazed and terrified as their mother, Margarethe, urges them into the strange Dutch streets. They travel to Holland and are soon involved in the business of settling in. This was an easy read and an interesting take on the “Cinderella” story, but it wasn’t amazing.


The epilogue reads like something that has been tacked on in order to make up for loose ends, and ultimately transforms a story that seems like it is trying to veer away from the formulaic fairy tale mold into a “happily-ever-after”, problems-solved-in-the-last-five-minutes kind of thing. Iris is a compelling and sympathetic main character.

The writing is somewhat difficult and I found myself skimming mabuire lot of the pages. When we grow up, we learn that it’s far more common for human beings to turn into rats. Iris herself is hired to befriend the odd and ethereal daughter.

Share your thoughts with other customers. I am looking forward to reading more by this author. To that end, Channing is a marvel as Margarethe, carefully straddling the line between resilient and reviled. He combines lively characters with literary writing.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

Premier Logo Created with Sketch. Is this the main thing that painters of portraits care about? The story 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.

I read and read in the car, getting fairly far. View all 11 comments.