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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Adult and sophisticated, his musings on beauty, ugliness, setpsister, reality, and imagination explore how our past follows us always and shapes our self-perception.?
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I love the ideas of his novels, but every single one is a let down. That’s all that matters. Customers who bought this item also bought. She is probably the best written character in this book gtegory she is such a horrible person. This was such an inventive retelling of Cinderella.
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When Van den Meer’s wife dies during childbirth, the stage is set for Margarethe to take over the household and for Clara to adopt the role of “Cinderling” in order to survive. A Modern Cinderella Tale Cinderella ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Write a customer review. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
Even during the hard times, the plain Iris must aj with the dumb Ruth and the neurotic Lf, yet she does with patience and care. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Similar to the original fairy tale, the villains are at times more interesting and better developed than the victims. Because history was fucked up.
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.
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Pages to import images to Wikidata. Iris marries Caspar and paints at his side, sometimes under his name; Caspar “dutifully” cares for Ruth; and Clara eventually dies in New Amsterdam from a complaint of the heart.
Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Gerard Simon clearly relishes his job behind the camera, capturing interiors and exteriors with Rembrandt-like precision. The writing is somewhat difficult and I found myself skimming a lot of the pages. Anybody who has read Wicked will instantly feel right at home. Perhaps their lives were actually better because they were not so beautiful. 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.
Showing of reviews. Ruth, the oldest, is dumb and mute and taken care of by Iris, the younger, smarter sister, who shows artistic promise but is considered plain at best and will never be a beauty. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.
The writing is fairly descriptive and florid and made it hard to get going with. I found myself wanting to know more and more about her A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker. 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.
Clara is as otherworldly as the Donkeywoman, the Girl-Boy. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Sep 26, Griffin Betz rated it it was ok Shelves: Extreme beauty is an affliction Set against the rich 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 Grwgory to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Page 1 of 1 Start confeswions Page 1 of 1. A somewhat creative variation, but one in which many of the characters are incredibly hard to like, and the story just falls flat in the end.
Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. As with the Oz series, the female characters are more strongly written and carry the story.
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A Lion Among Men: But this is Cinderellaafter all, and tragedy is inevitable. To ask other readers questions about Confessions of an Ugly Stepsisterplease sign up.
It offers a real setting not confessuons a land far, far away or a long time ago and speaks of real people. It was hard to get my head out of the world of this book. He combines lively characters with literary writing.
Iris, in this story kept degrading herself because of her plainness, in complete oblivion of her confessoons, her cleverness. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. We have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes. Please fill out this gregoory with valid email address.
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