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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Also, I am surprised at the lack of sexuality in conressions book, which is a very prominent topic in some of his other books. This book follows the story of Iris and Ruth, two little girls who, with their mother, flee from England after their father is murdered.

He received his Ph. We left that evening because their flight was tregory early morning one. My favorite character is Iris. The narrator shows you a new perspective on the Cinderella story. And why would anyone keep such a charade going for so long?

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. This seems to be a gift of Gregory Maguire’s, to take old, well-known fairy tales, and make you question them. I wouldn’t recommend this book but I had to read it for a class. Something that could’ve been exciting is just blah. Let’s discuss Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister 1 15 Aug 18, Feb 06, Joy H. This Cinderella isn’t all about happily ever after, although there’s a little of that.


We never learn what happens to Cinderella and the Prince after they get married other than they lived happily ever after. Part fairy tale, part historical fiction, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is Maguire’s creative interpretation of “Cinderella”. Confessions’ might not end up happily ever after, but you won’t want to miss them.? Furthermore, the narrator also indicates why the family came to the Netherlands in the first place: That’s all that matters.

It was shot in Luxembourg and was first aired on March 10, This was an easy read and an interesting take on the “Cinderella” story, but it wasn’t amazing. The story itself, telling from the perspective of the ugly stepsister intrigued me. The story takes us to seventeenth-century Holland where a plain and physically-unremarkable Iris, the protagonist, along with her conniving mother and mentally-challenged sister find themselves at the whim of the townsfolk’s generosity and eventually at the mercy of their mother’s bartering skills.

I think for one fairy tale retelling, this story gave a very good message, on beauty.

In addition, the climax felt abrupt and at times elements were introduced that were a little too esoteric. But I didn’t want fine. I very much disliked the preoccupation of the girl with changlings and imps.

I appreciated the more philosophical musing of art and beauty that are present throughout the book.

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How we try to pin the world between opposite extremes! I wish the story could have gone on and on, as Wicked has. A somewhat creative variation, but one in which many of the characters grefory incredibly hard to like, and the story just falls flat in the end.


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 Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. That night, the fairy tale of Stdpsister and her pumpkin carriage is spun, and the next morning her prince comes to collect her.

Moreover, Cinderella is practically a servant of the house, forced to spend most of her time in the kitchen. 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.


Don’t have a Kindle? I appreciated the sensory details and descriptions, and the various characters are original. Gregory Maguire is an American author, whose novels are revisionist retellings of children’s stories such as L.

Modern fairy tale lovers I did it to myself again.