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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Since she had a beautiful conressions, her parents use her by painting her portrait to make money. The narrator shows you a new perspective on the Magujre story. Margarethe eventually marries a wealthy man who has a beautiful daughter, Clara, a self-proclaimed changeling who is extremely difficult and refuses to leave her home.

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.

Feb 06, Joy H. Both sisters are ugly, but thoughtful, and care deeply about Clara.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister — book review

Have you ever wondered why the typical stepmother and stepsisters who appear in the Cinderella story jaguire evil and cruel? You know the story and although the shoes are not glass, this rendition runs very close to the original. Clara was the prettiest child, but was her life the prettiest tale? East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

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I love books based on fairy tales, but it’s taken me forever to really read any of Maguire’s stuff. Do you think that Maguire improves in the way he tells his story? Anti-climactic is the only way I can describe this confessionw.

Margrethe makes Iris and Ruth go to the ball in the hopes of making the prince fall in love with Iris. The Final Volume in the Wicked Years. When her mother dies during pregnancy and Iris’ and Ruth’s mother steps in as matron of the household, Clara is held as nothing more than the beauty in which her stepmother will buy back her fortune.


While Clara 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. It’s almost as though Maguire tried to make the story so realistic, it became montage of boring everyday life through the eyes of a little girl.

Finding work as a housekeeper to an undiscovered painter, Iris’ mother is able to provide at least the basic physical necessities for her daughters. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Books by Gregory Maguire. I started the novel in the morning, the day I had to take my parents to the airport in Kalamazoo. Eventually Clara and her sisters devise a secret plan, and the fairy tale complete with a pumpkin carriage finally comes to life.

The fairy tale, The Little Glass Slipper only provides fragmentary information; it depicts the cruelty of stepsisters without explanation of personal struggles and thoughts.

Clara, the Cind This was an easy read and an interesting take on the “Cinderella” story, but it wasn’t amazing. I was quite startled by the ending, and felt it a little abrupt, but how could I be disappointed after such a magical book! Moreover, this book emphasizes her personal feelings toward other characters within the book.

It offers a real setting not just a land far, far away or a long time ago and speaks of real people. Even stepzister both characters are beautiful on the outside, their inner color personalities are very different. To ask other readers questions about Confessions of an Ugly Stepsisterplease sign up.

She has more control over her actions and chooses to antagonize Margarethe. This is not the sort of book you can passively absorb.


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. It wasn’t that I found Wicked a bad read, I actually rather enjoyed it, but the blurb on the back of “Confessions” lead me to think that Mr.

I always thought Cinderella might secretly be a bitch.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? But this book, which was excellent by the standards of fiction everywhere, fell just that tragic bit short of the extraordinary thing that it could have been, that feeling when you read a book and it’s as if the whole thing rings like a bell, the note perfect and clear and dazzling.

Poor and begging, they have no choice but to first take a job as the ho I love books based on fairy tales, but it’s taken me forever to really read any of Maguire’s stuff. Do you think he develops plot and character more masterfully? Young Adult at Heart: There is all of build up in this novel and the ending feels rushed, like he got bored half way through and just decided t I don’t know what it is about Gregory Maguire, but I keep reading his books thinking I’ll like them and I end up being disappointed at best, but more often than not annoyed and put off.

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