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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A very enjoyable read, particularly if you like twisted fairytales.

Gregogy the stepmother could still be considered “evil”, “Cinderella” and her stepsisters are actually as true sisters Perhaps, the ball itself demonstrates the importance of outward appearances in the culture, because the purpose of the ball uglt to find a bride for the prince judging only by appearance. I don’t know what it is exactly but I just can’t get into it and it’s boring as hell. 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.

It was okay, for me.

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. Maguire has turned his shtick into a cottage industry, which is fine.

CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER by Gregory Maguire | Kirkus Reviews

The master makes Iris plain and unappealing to make confesions flowers look more alluring than they are: Iris held my heart, and Claramy pity.


Iris is by far the most interesting character in the book, and her constant observations about women’s roles and beauty are the best parts of the book. I read Wicked an I always thought Cinderella might secretly be a bitch.

Volume Three in The Wicked Years. Setpsister their lives were actually better because they were not so beautiful. With the novelty of retooled fairy tales gone, “Confessions'” ended up being a bit underwhelming. Books by Gregory Maguire.

I applauded the idea of this initially, but the unrealistic, and frankly diabolical ending flew back in the face of the idea.


I appreciated the sensory details and descriptions, and the various characters are original. So it’s no surprise that this novel is primarily occupied with female solidarityself- preservation and conformity. That’s all that matters. And this sounded as if the author left his finger on the bell when he struck it, to over-extend the metaphor. Write a customer review. Maguire is not a newcomer igly telling stories that deconstruct old narratives, and in my opinion this attempt was more successful then Wicked for several reasons.

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.

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.

Everyone seems to have their own theory on this, but i don’t find any to be redeeming of this shocking twist which makes light of severe disability.

And Cinderella herself was pretty much non-existent. This book follows the story of Iris and Ruth, two little girls who, with their mother, flee from England after their father is murdered. Would you like to sstepsister us about a lower price?


Oct 02, Samantha Cheh rated it it was amazing. I believe this is probably because it deals with artists during a fascinating period. Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers. And i won’t be reading ‘Wicked’ anytime soon. She can made the Prince talked to her, because she can converse with him in English.

A tale so movingly told that you will say at the end of the first reading, ‘It’s been condessions long time since I’ve read a book this good.

Nothing if not opportunistic, her mother gains a promise of marriage from the businessman, and Iris soon has a new and painfully lovely stepsister. 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. Is beauty a gift or a curse?

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Instead of full of magical or a fairy tale ending, the author told the story in a different way. I was quite startled by the ending, and felt it a little abrupt, but how could I be disappointed after such a magical book! It reads like older literature, makes excellent use of forgotten expressions or at least those whose meanings have been convoluted over timeand really works with cultural paradigms of times past so you remember why things are fucked up.

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.