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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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.
The ending was satisfactory and you’ll slowly learn to love Iris and even Ruth with all their flaws. A Novel on your Kindle in under a minute.
Don’t exaggerate her physical virtues, Caspar, it does no good in the end. A Cinderella retelling in the perspective of an ugly stepsister, from the author of Wicked. I’ve always said that the problem with rationalization is that once you have a view point, there will always be a bad guy. And the writing itself is outstanding, the sentence-by-sentence pace intricate and beautiful. And Cinderella herself was pretty much non-e Anti-climactic is the only way I can describe this book.
The character, Iris, herself is captivated by this magical stuff that she saw things differently.
Lists with This Book. While the opening scenes were engrossing, the middle of the book was merely ok and the climactic scene, Cinderella at the ball, ended up feeling slow and flat. Also, I am surprised at the lack of sexuality in this book, which is a very prominent topic in some of his other books. This is because Cinderella is the perfect example of beauty in society in both stories.
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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. I’m still getting used to reading books digitally but this was one of the first and totally turns around the Cinderella story in a most interesting and socially-conscious fashion. Since she had a beautiful appearance, her parents use her by painting her portrait to make money. May 05, Mahina rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Refresh and try again.
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.
I wouldn’t recommend this book but I had to read it for a class. I suspect that some of the disappointment expressed in reviews arises stepsistrr an expectation of magic or at least magical realism that does not exist in the novel. Although not as light-hearted as Wicked could be at times, Confessions is nearly as entertaining and quite as good.
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With the novelty of retooled fairy tales gone, “Confessions'” ended up being a bit underwhelming. One contains an enchanted natural world and presents magic to imply beauty, while the other indicates realistic beauty.
Cinderella complex Cinderella effect The Cinderella Movement. In Confessions of an Ugly StepsisterClara is the one who always has to stand next to van sgepsister Meer to sell her beauty, and to be exploited by him. Set against the backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition.
While I think Gregory Maguire is brilliant to tackle these twisty fairy tales, and show us the “other” side, for me, I think that his writing is to wordy and feels too crowded, or overkill to actually tell the story he congessions looking to tell.
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Iris’s mother tends her, but the woman soon dies. In the lives of children, stepsiwter can turn into coaches, mice and rats into human beings There were many aspects of this book that I thought were almost good, but just not quite developed enough.
Gregory Maguire has applied his devilish writing style and vivid imagination to the story of the glass slipper, and, in doing so, turned this simple tale into a Gothic saga conffessions 17th-century Holland.? Compared to Wicked, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a slow, complicated read. In general, The Little Glass Slipper provides only a simple setting.
These examples demonstrate that beauty is signified with natural features. Except for this reason, there is a confession of reference as to why she takes bad actions.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
For me, it was a satisfying read. I remember when I read this book for the first time.
If magic was present, it moved under the skin of the world, beneath the ability of human eyes to catch sight of it. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Now, the story has much more depth.