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Kly becomes intertwined of an Ugly PDF #201 with that of Clara the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister 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 lif Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is way better than Wicked not least because the characters have consistent personalities and the plot is coherent I appreciated the sensory details and descriptions and the various characters are original There s a nice twist near the end which gave me a little brain jolt and I always like that

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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

We have all an Ugly Kindle #214 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 and what curses Confessions of PDFE In the lives of children pumpkins turn into coaches mice and rats turn into men When we grow up we realize it is far common for men to turn into rats I enjoy Maguire s work He combines lively characters with literary writingUnlike Maguire s other wildly successful novel Wicked The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West this retelling leaves behind magic instead relying on a genuine historical period and uncanny characters to imbue the novel with an unworldly tone Although there is no magic in the story it manages to feel magical for the readerMaguire is not a newcomer to telling stories that deconstruct old narratives and in my opinion this attempt was successful then Wicked for several reasons One of my major criticisms of Wicked was the inconsistencies and underdeveloped plot arcs This was so problematic that they changed the ending of the stage production to improve the narratives cohesiveness He has a much basic plot to work with here The benefits of a tighter narrative result in a much satisfying novel He is able to focus attention on his strength as a writer complex multifaceted exploration of character I never particularly liked the story of Cinderella as a child and as an adult some of the troubling aspects of the tale became apparent So it s no surprise that this novel is primarily occupied with female solidarity self preservation and conformity Iris is a compelling and sympathetic main character Her relationships with her mother sister step sister Clara Cinderella and the painter s apprentice Casper form the loci around which each of these issues is explored No my girl you know nothing of how we women are imprisoned in our lives but there are ways to determine the sentence we must serve Iris relationship with her mother is fascinating Her mother is spiritually suffocated by her obsession with appearances and survival and it was heart rendering at times to see how this fear crippled her daughters To consider what other people might say is hardly a good reason to take action or to defer it You have your own life to live Iris and at its end the only opinion that amounts to anything is that which God bestows Iris struggles with accepting and understanding herself and the people around her This is not the sort of book you can passively absorb I thought a lot about what various characters did and said and what I felt about thatThe setting and writing was a lush and richly formed tapestry If you enjoy literary writing you will likely appreciate it even if the metaphors are occasionally too heavy handed However one of the problems with the novel is that the characters are too difficult to love To truly love a book I think you need to fall in love a little with at least one of the characters There are exceptions of course but even Silence of the Lambs has a weirdly aspirational element to our fascination with Hannibal Lecter The characters here felt too strange too flawed to really admire In addition the climax felt abrupt and at times elements were introduced that were a little too esoteric The belief the girls had that Clara was a changeling was never really developed and at times it was hard to see why certain things were included Despite this I would recommend it to people who enjoy adult or literary retellings especially if they enjoyed Wicked For me it was a satisfying read

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PUB or accompanied Cinderella's looksSet 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 Iris's path uic I love fairy tale retellingsespecially the ones that try to be the True version Set in 17th century Holland during the Tulip craze this version of Cinderella is by far my favorite The central character is not Cinderella who is a spoiled brat but Iris the youngest of the two step sisters Margarethe returns to her homeland Hollandwith her two daughters plain Iris and simple Ruth afer her husband is murdered in England She becomes the housekeeper for a painter The traditional story of Cinderella is started on its course when a wealthy tulip merchant commissions the painter to paint his beautiful daughter Clara with an eually beautiful new tulip for marketing purposes Then through a series of events change of job miscarriage and death Margarethe ends up married to the tulip merchant Though I was not impressed by this story s Cinderella Clara a character I have always adored Iris than makes up for her as a strong and likeable heroine Be prepared for the twist at the end


10 thoughts on “Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

  1. says:

    I love books based on fairy tales but it's taken me forever to really read any of Maguire's stuff I still haven't read Wicked Years ago I tried reading this book and just couldn't get into it But with so many people telling me how great this guy is I decided to give it another shot This book follows the story of Iris and Ruth two little girl

  2. says:

    “In the lives of children pumpkins turn into coaches mice and rats turn into men When we grow up we realize it

  3. says:

    Maguire's ability to come up with an interesting story is far better than his ability to tell the story His writing is often a bit too labored his symbolism too transparent and his literary devices a bit clunkyLike 'Wicked' 'Confessions' offers the reader a variation on a well known story Also like 'Wicked' 'Confessions' is not really all that much to write home about A somewhat creative variation but one in which many of the ch

  4. says:

    I am an idiot I did it to myself again After reading “Wicked” and hating it I decided to give Gregory Maguire another go Apparently Maguire is my literary euivalent to the corner brick on my fireplace that I keep stubbing my toe upon even

  5. says:

    This was an easy read and an interesting take on the Cinderella story but it wasn't amazing It felt like it gave a very long build up to a clima

  6. says:

    I love fairy tale retellingsespecially the ones that try to be the True version Set in 17th century Holland during the Tulip craze this version of Cinderella is by far my favorite The central character is not Cinderella who is a spoiled brat but Iris the youngest of the two step sisters Margarethe returns to her homeland Hollandwith her two d

  7. says:

    I remember when I read this book for the first time I bought it the day after it came out because I was already obsessed with Gregory Maguire despite the fact that he had only written one other adult book at that point I started the n

  8. says:

    Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is way better than Wicked not least because the characters have consistent personalities and the plot is coherent I appreciated the sensory details and descriptions and the various characters are original There's a nice twist near the end which gave me a little brain jolt and I always like that

  9. says:

    In the lives of children pumpkins can turn into coaches mice and rats into human beings When we grow up we learn that it’s far common for human beings to turn into ratsIf magic was present it moved under the skin of the

  10. says:

    This book gives a whole new view on the Cinderella one that is completely believable It offers a real settingnot just a lan