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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Isn’t that sort of beauty more beautiful than any other? This is a retelling of Cinderella.

See all 4 questions about Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister…. This book follows the story of Iris and Ruth, two little girls who, with confessionx mother, flee from England after their father is murdered. Is this confessiins main thing that painters of portraits care about? It would be nice if she listens to the Master, stop judging herself solely on her plain look. In addition, the climax felt abrupt and at times elements were introduced that were a little too esoteric.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Confessions is not so terrible as Mirror Mirror or Lost, but I’m still leaving feeling like he could have done so much more. While at the ball, Ruth does the unthinkable out of jealousy and love of Clara and Master, burning down the Master’s magnum opus, a painting of Clara.


Margarethe returns to her homeland, Holland,with confedsions two daughters – plain Iris and simple Ruth, afer her husband is murdered in ,aguire. As with the Oz series, the female characters are more strongly written and carry the story.

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Clara, especially, is nearly unrecognizable, except perhaps for her strange beauty. Paperbackpages.

I gave it a chance. Be prepared for the twist at the end! The story ocnfessions similar to the original Cinderella story; however, the characters personas for the most part are all together different.

Contessions all reviews. Though I can’t say it’s one of my favorites, the ending touched me and I am curious to read more of this author’s work. Perhaps they had lives too.


The novel offers readers a deeper insight into the motivations of the stepsisters and stepmother, allowing readers to recognize the roundness of each character. This seems to be a gift of Gregory Maguire’s, to take old, well-known fairy tales, and make you question them. Both sisters are ugly, but thoughtful, and care deeply about Clara. I’m sorry, I just cannot get into this story.

Mostly it was disappointing to not get the completion of Caspar and Iris’s relationship after the entire book leads up to it. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Trivia About Confessions of an Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon.

Instead of full of magical or a fairy tale ending, the author told the story in a different way. Moreover, Cinderella is practically a servant of the house, forced to spend most of her time in the kitchen. She is ugl the best written character in this book as she is such a horrible person.


He received his Ph. It’s almost as though Maguire tried to make the story so realistic, it became montage of boring everyday life through the eyes of a little girl. It was interesting to me that there seemed to be so much about how the characters looked at or perceived things–beauty as opposed to deformity, kindness as opposed to waspishness, various social classes and the different cultural beliefs.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

I read this and liked it okay, but was a bit disappointed. Far more than a mere fairy-tale, Maguie 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. Darker elements of murder, gruesome deaths by plague, witchcraft, kidnapping, and even possible rape populate this rather adult tale.