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 was drawn into the world the author created, and I was held there, spellbound, until the book was finished. You know the story and although the shoes are not glass, this rendition runs very close to the original.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Mahuire account. Stepsistef we grow up, we realize it is far more common for men to turn into rats. Let’s discuss Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. What’s on his Watchlist? What i didn’t realise was that the fairy godmother element was removed in order to make bby story seem like it could actually have happened in real life. That said, I found the writing itself in Wicked to be more polished than the writing in Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. I read and read in the car, getting fairly far.

The Prince Helen Lindsay Took me a while, especially confesssions all those quotations! Not that Wicked was action packed. It’s a decent shtick. The master makes Iris plain and unappealing to make the flowers look more alluring than they are: In general, The Little Glass Slipper provides only a simple setting. What fate befell those untouched by beauty Yes No Report this.

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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Detractors of everything Mickey have been crying foul for years regarding the subtext of some of its kidpix, which supposedly reinforce notions of beauty as goodness and ugliness as evil, among other things. Though I was not impressed by this story’s Cinderella Claraa character I have always adored, Iris more than makes up for her as a strong and likeable heroine. Master Schoenmacker Matthew Goode Or should we seek redress, judging the past by present-day standards?

Her performance generates more empathy than the stepmother as usually depicted. The story takes us to seventeenth-century Holland where a plain and physically-unremarkable Iris, the protagonist, along comfessions 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.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

They secure lodging with a painter in exchange for household chores. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. The tree hears it and sends pigeons to help her: They could be so much more engaging! The person on the verge of becoming someone else? She stepsiser do anything.

Edit Storyline In this variation on Cinderella, Margarethe Fisher Van Den Meer is a former lady of means who had to accept a position as housekeeper, but manages to spike her Master Schoenmacker’s drink and marry him; alas his shipment of priceless tulips turns worthless overnight, so their last chance is to marry of one of either’s daughters, hopefully to the prince for whom the Dowager Queen Maria de Medici throws a great ball.

Production designer Roger Hall works the only magic needed in the film with his immaculate set in Luxembourg standing in for 17th-century Holland.

Also like ‘Wicked’, ‘Confessions’ is not really all that much to write home about. Despite this I would recommend it to people who a more adult or literary retellingsespecially if they enjoyed Wicked.


It’s always fascinating, to me, to get inside an author’s brain. Sep 26, Griffin Betz rated it it was ok Shelves: It makes you think. This book was amazing because it really pointed out that Beauty see how important an issue rgegory is – I’ve capitalized it and everything is not necessarily the deal breaker. I think for one fairy tale retelling, this story gave a very good message, on beauty. 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.

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. My favorite character is Iris. Masterson, a native of Houston, [ I love books based on fairy tales, but it’s taken me forever to really read any of Maguire’s stuff. In the beginning, you’ll start to love Iris, the main stepsister though she is the younger.

A Twist in Time The central character is not Cinderella who is a spoiled brat but Iris, the youngest of the two step-sisters. Want to Read saving…. The merchant’s daughter, Clara, befriends the two young girls amidst her fear of leaving her home and her belief that she is a changeling.