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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I enjoyed the painting element and was glad that Iris got to do what she loved. 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.

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In general, The Little Glass Slipper provides only a simple setting. Immortality is a chancy thing; it cannot be promised or earned. Just not interesting at all for me. I found myself wanting to know more and more about her Something that could’ve been exciting is just blah. That’s all that matters. Ruth is a large, hulking girl who doesn’t talk and Iris, gergory plain, is cunning and resourceful.

In the beginning, you’ll start to love Iris, the main stepsister though she is the younger. Be prepared for the twist at the end! However, The Little Glass Slipper only depicts an evil aspect of the step family without providing surrounding circumstances. Yregory 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.

The central character is not Cinderella who is a spoiled brat but Iris, the youngest of the two step-sisters. Open Preview See a Problem? The belief the girls had that Clara was a changeling was never really stepwister, and at times it was hard to see why certain things were included.


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Grwgory Read Greegory View history. Jan 17, Jami rated it it was ok. The story is similar to the original Cinderella story; however, the characters personas for the most part are all together different. Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers. All this, she cannot see because she kept reminding herself that she is simply plain.

However, it is understandable that some readers might feel slighted since Maguire’s ending is not that simple or even storybook “happy”, and the last chapter, in which he attempts to provide a brief maguier of the fates of each character, offers very little in terms of detail. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

The retelling of ‘Cinderella’ felt less developed and the world of “Confessions,” 17th Century Holland, seems less vivid than Maguire’s reimagining of Oz.

It makes you think. Perhaps confessionss wicked stepsisters were not so wicked.

He is able to focus attention on his strength as a writer- complex, multifaceted exploration of character. Iris is the daughter of a grimly practical woman, a widow returning from England to her native Holland in the seventeenth century. This is because Cinderella is the perfect example of beauty in society in both stories.

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Buy the selected items together This item: Except for this reason, there is a lack of reference as to why she takes bad actions. And Cinderella herself was pretty much non-e Anti-climactic is the only way I can describe this book.


It was okay, for me. Then through a series of events change of job, miscarriage and death Margarethe ends up married to the tulip merchant. This was an easy read and an interesting take on the “Cinderella” story, but it wasn’t amazing.

Cinderella also known as Clara in Confession of an Ugly Stepsister is the one who is always getting attention in both versions of the Cinderella story. So let my hands and my face make their way in this world, let my hungry eyes see, my tongue taste. A Twist in Time After all, how I am an idiot. View all 5 comments.

Clara hides herself in her room or the kitchen because she is afraid of leaving her comfort zone, and being recognized in public. Also, I am surprised at the lack of sexuality in this book, which is a very prominent topic in some of his other books. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.


Iris is asked by Schoonmaker to be his model in a painting of wildflowers. Moreover, Cinderella is practically a servant of the house, forced to spend most of her time in the kitchen.

Sep 24, Amanda rated stepssister liked it Recommends it for: Is evanescence – fleetingness – a necessary element of the thing that most moves us? 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.