A critical review of confessions of an ugly stepsister a novel by gregory maguire

Book Review: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

The intrigue and mystery in it was wonderful as well as the portrayal of each character. The Fishers later refer to him as "Papa Cornelius". 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.

Confessions of An Ugly Stepsister Author: How will the Cinderella tale unfold if there is no magic. It tells the story of Cinderella from the point of view of one of her step-sisters. His book reviews, essays and articles can be found on his Web site.

The movie is narrated by the Master. Iris's path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister. I never imagined I could find myself feeling sympathy for the Stepsisters in the story of Cinderella. They arrive to find their relatives dead and are forced to start their lives from scratch, compelling Margarethe to begin work as a housekeeper for frustrated artist, Schoonmaker and his apprentice, Casper.

I trully could not put this book down. I mean maybe you could shelf it that way because of the fairy tale aspect but it's essentially Historical Fiction.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

In many of his books that I read that really worked but here it made things hard to get into. It clashes with the traditional portrayal of Cinderella's "evil" stepmother and stepsisters and prompts the reader to question the unspoken assumptions of the original story: However, one of the problems with the novel is that the characters are too difficult to love.

Very unique and lots of neat details. She is ultimately revealed as the story's narrator. Not only the setting for the book, but also the characters. So it's no surprise that this novel is primarily occupied with female solidarity, self- preservation and conformity.

He is in love with Iris and she with him, but Margarethe disapproves and attempts to steer Iris away from him by hinting that Caspar is homosexual. He later asks them to move back, but they do not return because Margarethe marries Van den Meer.

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To start with, this is the well-known and well-loved Cinderella story told from the perspective of the ugly stepsister. The Cinderella conceit is but one aspect of this novel.

His patrons are offended by his art, seeing only sin in the socially determined ugliness of his subjects, and he is accused of prurient perversity. The portrayal of the siblings and their mother, Margarethe, is another way in which Maguire actively involves the reader in the textual experience.

Unlike Maguire's other, wildly successful novel Wicked: There are exceptions of course, but even Silence of the Lambs has a weirdly aspirational element to our fascination with Hannibal Lecter. But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling.

It almost gave it more legitimacy. Iris is a compelling and sympathetic main character. The characters here felt too strange, too flawed to really admire. To be good, to find love, children's tales tell their audience, a girl must be beautiful -- that is, conform to social standards of beauty.

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Ruth, unable to speak clearly and whom everyone assumes to be stupid, and Iris, too intelligent and talented for the meager opportunities her culture and social status can offer her. He later asks them to move back, but they do not return because Margarethe marries Van den Meer.

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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire Regan Books, pp., $ Following in the steps of his first novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Maguire. 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." Inthe book was adapted into a TV movie of the same name directed by Gavin Millar.

Far more than a mere fairy-tale, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel of beauty and betrayal, illusion and understanding, reminding us that deception can be unearthed--and love unveiled--in the most unexpected of places. 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.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

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.

Far more than a mere fairy-tale, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel of beauty and betrayal, illusion and understanding, reminding us that deception can be unearthed--and love unveiled--in the most unexpected of places.

A critical review of confessions of an ugly stepsister a novel by gregory maguire
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