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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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Maybe I was expecting some pumpkins, fairy god mother, etc. That’s my next gig! Tragedy lands Margarethe and her daughters homeless in Holland, but a series of opportunistic finaglings gregoru finds the family merged with that of Clara’s, though still threatened by poverty.

She is just a monkey in a zoo who is there for the visitors, and as a result, She becomes a person who is very timid and temperamental.

This story seemed ripe for sexual exploitation, and if tsepsister was any it was only hinted at. The Prince Helen Lindsay Then through a series of events change of job, miscarriage and death Margarethe ends up married to the tulip merchant. Maybe I was This is a retelling of Cinderella.

Perhaps it cannot even be identified for what it is. I should also add that there’s an interesting interview with the author on the final disc.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Maguire really likes to tackle these girl heroes and show a dark side. Iris, in this story kept degrading herself because of maguir plainness, in complete oblivion of her talent, her cleverness.


This book was amazing because it really pointed out that Beauty see how important an issue it is – I’ve capitalized it and everything is not necessarily the deal breaker. I would definitely recommend you read it! Oct 07, Audrephilia rated it it was ok. A Twist in Time This was such an inventive retelling of Cinderella.

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Share this Rating Title: The belief the girls had that Clara was a changeling was never coonfessions developed, and at times it was hard to see why certain things were included. Period Pieces I’ve Seen. Search for ” Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister ” on Amazon. When we grow up, we realize it is far more common for men to turn into rats. He has a much more basic plot to work with here. They travel to Hol I read this for one of my F2F book clubs and after having read “Mirror, Mirror” a ,aguire of years ago, I was not looking forward to it.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read.

But compared to this, it was a thriller! Even though both characters are beautiful on the outside, their inner color personalities are very different.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Caspar – my third favourite character stdpsister Iris and Ruth. I gave it a chance. Some reviewers claim the book’s ending felt inadequate, yet isn’t that true of all fairy tales? Van Stolk Mark Dexter How Does Perspective Impact a Story? In he co-founded Children’s Literature New England a non-profit educational charity.


After all, how I am an idiot. I am an idiot. Maguire’s heartfelt narrative elicits erratic senses of allegiance until a nice twist brings everything stunningly home.

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But the story just limped along. I still haven’t read “Wicked. She has more control over her actions and chooses to antagonize Margarethe. The tree hears it and sends pigeons to help her: He was a professor and co-director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature from Iris can finally face the circumstances of her father’s “death,” Clara begins to accept her condition of acute beauty, even the unfortunate Ruth moves on to something else.

Ruth is a large, hulking girl who doesn’t talk and Iris, although plain, is cunning and resourceful. While the stepmother could stpesister be considered “evil”, “Cinderella” and her stepsisters are actually as true sisters The author magguire very well and very clearly.