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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Is it a curse or a blessing? Feb 25, Amanda Pearl rated it liked it Shelves: This story seemed ripe for sexual exploitation, and if there was any it was only hinted at. Maybe I was expecting some pumpkins, fairy god mother, etc. I’m sorry, I just cannot get into this story.

Is beauty a gift or a curse? The belief the girls had that Clara was a changeling was never really developed, and at times it was hard to see why certain things were included. There are exceptions of course, but even Silence of the Lambs has a weirdly aspirational element to our fascination with Hannibal Lecter. With courtiers circling [ It took me a really long time to read that, too. In general, The Little Glass Slipper provides only a simple setting.

Clara, the Cind This was an easy read and an interesting take on the “Cinderella” story, but it wasn’t amazing. I think I will always try and fail to enjoy his writing. 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. Nothing much to be said about Margarethe because she’s appropriately hateful and you’ll even love the Master and oh my stars!

Throughout the course of this book it looked set to gain two stars from me, but the ending ensured the confiscation of one of these. 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.


To dismiss the movie as a politically correct gloss-over is a mistake. Mar 28, Donna Craig rated it it was amazing. The authors use these different points of view in order to draw attention to specific characters, plot, and settings in the story, which has an immense impact on how readers feel about the story. Adeline I liked this book much more than wicked. Oct 02, Samantha Cheh rated it it was amazing.

The story was extremely slow in starting, and never really picked up enough pace to make it interesting.

I may now go and watch the disney version, and sing along with ‘bibbity-bobbity-boo’! A pretty girl with no personality or anything else.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

The prince shows up and they live happily ever after and the step-family get their just desserts. Winston Duke has had quite a year. Feb 06, Joy H. Contrastingly, in The Little Glass Slipper, the protagonist has been called Cinderella by her stepmother and stepsisters, with derision.

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She becomes the housekeeper for gegory painter. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I love the ideas of his novels, but every single one is a let down. Edit Cast Episode cast overview, first billed only: This is greyory the sort of book you can passively absorb. Production designer Roger Hall works the only magic needed in the film with his immaculate set in Luxembourg standing in for 17th-century Holland.

I always thought Cinderella might secretly be a bitch.

I don’t know what it is exactly but I just can’t get into it and it’s boring as hell. She thought that there was an imp, following them all the way from England. Also, I am surprised at the lack of sexuality in this book, which is a very prominent topic in some of his other books. It’s always fascinating, to me, to get inside an author’s brain.


Iris’s path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister. If you enjoy literary writing, you will likely appreciate it, even if the metaphors are occasionally too heavy handed. Her mother is spiritually suffocated by her obsession with appearances and survival and it was heart rendering at times to see how this fear crippled her daughters.

Retrieved from ” https: It makes you think. Mayuire story begins as Iris Azura Skye and her sister Ruth Emma Poole flee Gregorh in distress as their mother, Margarethe Stockard Channinghas once again mzguire the family into trouble with her constant conniving; back in Holland, Margarethe soon returns to scheming. 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. Gerard Simon clearly relishes his job behind the camera, capturing interiors and exteriors with Rembrandt-like precision.

I read Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire back inbut have forgotten to add it to my shelves here. Buck, Susan Edelman, Susie Bruffin. This is because Cinderella is the perfect example of beauty in society in both stories.

Young Adult at Heart: I was drawn into the world the author created, and I was held there, spellbound, until the book was finished. I found wicked a little confusing at times, and while this book has some vague times it has a very solid plot.

Since she had a beautiful appearance, her parents use her by painting her portrait to make money. I’ve read a couple other books by him.