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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The analyses illustrated above identifies the theme of realistic beauty and unrealistic beauty, differing personalities formed by outer beauty, gregroy the impact of beauty on society.

This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat It was hard stepsixter get my head out of the world of this book. I read Wicked and liked it, even if I was pretty surprised at how dark and unlike the musical it was!

Poor and begging, they have no choice but to first take a job as the housekeeper to an artist, ubly to a merchant of the city I believe it’s Amsterdam but not entirely sure. This is because Cinderella is the perfect example of beauty in society in both stories. Read more Read less. Not that Wicked was action packed. Volume Two in The Wicked Years. The novel, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and the fairy tale, Cinderella, or, The Little Glass Slipper both draw enjoyment mabuire readers in different strategies; thus, readers may comprehend stories in numerous ways.

This is not the Cinderella of your youth and certainly bears no resemblance to the mouse-and-pumpkin Disney version. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER by Gregory Maguire | Kirkus Reviews

Mostly it was disappointing to not get the completion of Caspar and Iris’s relationship after the entire book leads up to it. I don’t know what it is exactly but I just can’t get into it and it’s boring as hell. The Final Volume in the Wicked Years. Sing a Song of Tuna Fish: The novel is set in seventeenth-century Holland, where two homely-looking sisters, Iris and Ruth, have fled from England with their mother, Margarethe.


Dec 11, Yuna Lee rated it really liked it. Oh, i have just remembered a positive about this book. But I didn’t want fine. I read Wicked a uglyy years ago—more like I devoured it! Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. You wanted her to find happiness. Want to Read saving…. I definitely lost sleep over this book!

Jul 04, Wealhtheow rated it liked it Shelves: See all 4 questions about Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister…. As a retelling of Confessins, the story feels familiar but is totally reworked. I believe this is probably because it deals with artists during a fascinating period. 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.

Beauty is a powerful factor influencing many aspects in life, and is not just something that can be justified as superficial thing. Dec 27, Lightreads rated it really liked it Shelves: From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated second novel, a brilliant and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella tale.

So it’s no surprise that this novel is primarily occupied with female solidarityself- preservation and conformity. Iris held my heart, and Claramy pity.

God and Satan snarling at each other like dogs They exploit and take advantages of their temporary appearance and are careless about their inner beauty. Or at least some tiny bit of magic. I love fairy tale retellings Customers who bought this item also bought. While still demonstrating that kindness and generousity of spirit are vital attributes for anyone to nurture.


Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister — book review

I wouldn’t recommend this book but I had to read it for a class. I found wicked a little confusing at times, and while this book has some vague times it has a very solid plot. Maguirre impeccable use of language draws you fully into maguife story, hanging on every word. LOL These days I don’t copy as many quotes because it’s too time-consuming. Oct 07, Audrephilia rated it it was ok. That’s all that matters.


There’s a nice twist near the end which gave me a little brain jolt, and I always like that. The stepmother is pure evil. The happy fairy tale that everyone knows and shares, is turned upside down, and the real story is told.

By this time, Clara has willingly transformed herself into the familiar Cinderella character, and at first she has uglyy plans to attend the ball. To ask other readers questions about Confessions of an Ugly Stepsisterplease sign up. Iris herself is hired to befriend the odd and ethereal daughter. I suspect that some stpesister the disappointment expressed in reviews arises from an expectation of magic or at least magical realism that does not exist in the novel.

It sets in Holland during the 17th century. It was interesting to me that there seemed to be so much about how the characters looked at or perceived things–beauty as opposed to deformity, kindness as opposed to waspishness, various social classes and the different cultural beliefs.

Clara hides herself in her room or the kitchen because she is afraid of leaving her comfort zone, and being recognized in public.