May Synopsis according to Goodreads: But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling? 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. It melds a compelling story of adolescence and coming of age with Dutch history including the boom and bust of the tulip market.
Confessions of An Ugly Stepsister Author: We have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes.
But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling? What fate befell those untouched by beauty 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 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 This was not my favorite Gregory Maguire book but it was still very good.
To me he is a master at fairy tale retellings, taking the classic stories and giving them a unique and interesting twist. One of the things that I really liked about this book was actually one of the things that may have made it not an amazing read. They are fantasy read that take place in fascinating locations with magical spells and witches.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is not Fantasy. It was interesting to see the book incorporate the history of when the fairy tale could have taken place. It almost gave it more legitimacy.
Not to mention the fact that the incorporation of painting and the cultural things from the time like plague and financial trouble made the book even more real and interesting take.
But it was definitely an interesting twist on the story. Not only the setting for the book, but also the characters. To start with, this is the well-known and well-loved Cinderella story told from the perspective of the ugly stepsister.
Our protagonist Iris, is incredibly sympathetic and likable. But he also manages to create an interesting Cinderella character who is particularly odious.
The plot of the book was also a unique twist on the classic tale. Yes, those elements were there but it was really a story about family, and about the relationship between these sisters. We follow these women as they struggle to better their circumstances in life sometimes in unlikely and less than savory ways.
Or maybe that was just because of the characters were walking that grey area between likable and unlikable. Either way it was a fun twist on the Cinderella story. What I am noticing about Gregory Maguire, the more books of his I read, is that he has a very specific writing style that is hard to describe.
The pacing is a bit slower, the prose are a bit more utilitarian, for lack of a better word. It almost gives it this weird sort of brevity like a start and stop kind of style.
In many of his books that I read that really worked but here it made things hard to get into. I expected to fly through this book, but Maguire forces you to take your time with the story. In the end it was an entertaining read. Fans of Gregory Maguire should check this book out and experience another one of his interesting takes on a classic story.
If you like fairy tale retellings then check this one out, especially if you prefer them on the more historical side.
Have you read Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister? Leave me a comment with your thoughts.But Maguire explores whether Iris -- out of all of Maguire's characters -- does see the world as it really is. There is nothing more delightful than having absolutely no idea what twists and turns a story is going to take.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is not only charming, it is intriguing and completely unpredictable. With Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Gregory Maguire's second novel, the author has accomplished a rare feat: he's written a fantasy novel with no trace of the supernatural.
In reinventing and recontextualizing the well-known story of Cinderella, Maguire has created a text in which fantasy acts as a metatext: readers' knowledge and expectations of fairy godmothers, changelings and magic spells .
Jun 02, · When I first discovered Gregory Maguire’s captivating novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, I was immediately hooked and after resurfacing from the twisted world of Oz, way before its sequels were published, I decided to hunt for my fix of Gregory Maguire elsewhere.
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 book was adapted into a TV movie of the same name directed by Gavin Millar.
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is, thus far, my favorite Gregory Maguire caninariojana.com melds a compelling story of adolescence and coming of age with Dutch . Feb 25, · I give Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire out of 10 Buy/Borrow/Bypass: Borrow. Fans of Gregory Maguire should check this book out and experience another one of his interesting takes on a classic story.