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Une Having no interest in the outside world "especially a ball thrown by the prince s "a ball thrown by the prince s Clara makes the kitchen her domain preferring to "LIVE WITH THE ASHES AND DO " with the ashes and do housework than to travel into the regular world Told from the viewpoint of one of the stepsister s this tale follows the Cinderella story in a completely different way While the stepmother could still be considered vil Cinderella and her stepsisters are actually as true sisterseven through their disagreements they love ach other Even during the hard times the plain Iris must deal with the dumb Ruth and the neurotic Clara yet she does with patience and care The writing is fairly descriptive and florid and made it hard to get going with But ONCE THE STORY FOUND IT S the story found it s I found it to be a good read Though I can t say it s one of my favorites the nding touched me and I am curious to read of this author s work 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 Zoete tranen euivalent to the corner brick on my fireplace that I keep stubbing my toe uponven though I know it s there and I know it s going to hurtBut I picked up Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister thinking I had to give Maguire another try He shows glimpses of pure genius so I was hoping he d be able to channel it properly After all how can he screw up a story about CinderellaWell he can and did and in the same manner he s screwed up his Oz stories diarrhea of the keyboard I am now convinced Maguire can t pace a story to my liking and his stories and characters are all too convoluted so that I am never sure Water Music exactly what is going on orven why I should care I know Maguire s deal is to show the human fault in Revived everybody but if I wanted that I would watch CNN I don tnjoy reading books when I have to try to convince myself to like the characters when I don tNot to mention Maguire can t get from Point A to Point B without numerous side trips through the alphabet He needs an author s GarminHis plots remind me of doing a school research paper that is supposed to be 10 pages only when you finish what you have to say you realize it s only four pages so you go back and start shoveling in fluff to make it the reuisite lengthMaguire s books have the same problem The story is OK when you get to it but you ve got to take waaay too many dead Student Research Projects in Calculus end side roads to get to your destination and by the time you get there you re pissed off and need to take a wee which is convenient since all I wanted to do was piss on this book anyway 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 novel in the morning the day I had to take my parents to the airport in Kalamazoo We left thatvening because their flight was an arly morning one I read and read in the car getting fairly far When we got to the hotel and had to go to bed I COULD NOT sleep so I got up went in the hotel bathroom but a towel under the door and read the rest of the book staying up until it was time for us to go to the airport around 4amIt was FANTASTIC I think this may be my favorite Gregory Maguire novel I believe this is probably because it deals with artists during a fascinating period It constantly amazes me how well Gregory Maguire can write books from a female perspective and get it spot on when he is not a female This book gives a whole new view on the Cinderella one that is completely believable It offers a real settingnot just a land far far away or a long time ago and speaks of real people It makes you think Is beauty a gift or a curse It offers a brave out of the ordinary heroine one of the ugly stepsisters herself The narrator shows you a new perspective on the Cinderella story Perhaps the wicked stepsisters were not so wicked Perhaps they had lives too Perhaps their lives were actually better because they were not so beautiful This seems to be a gift of Gregory Maguir. En the merchant's wife dies Margarethe seizes the moment and a wicked stepmother is born Narrated with spirit and warmth by Jenny Sterlin Gregory Maguire's vision of Cinderella is a sweeping story of love and deception where a ball a handsome prince and the betrayal of a daughter can lead to veryone living happily ver after. ,

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Maguire s ability to come up with an interesting story is far better than his ability to tell the story His writing an interesting story is far better than his ability to tell the story His writing 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 character 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 ually beautiful new tulip for marketing purposes Then through a series of A Heart of Stone events change of job miscarriage and death Margarethends 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 nd 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 world beneath the ability of human yes to catch sight of itImmortality is a chancy thing it cannot be promised or Language and Linguistics earned Perhaps it cannotven be identified for what it isIt s the place of the story beginning here in the meadow of late summer flowers thriving before the Atlantic storms drive wet and winter upon them allSo let my hands and my face make their way in this world let my hungry Divertimento eyes see my tongue tasteIs this the main thing that painters of portraits care about The person on the verge of becoming someonelseWhen the dawn light is coursing through the slats in the shutters at last making thin stripes on the floor she tossing decides that for Love Is a Fairy Tale every human soul there must surely be a possible childhood worth living but once it slips by there isn t any reclaiming it or revising it 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 Injoy 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 my major criticisms of Wicked was the inconsistencies and underdeveloped plot arcs was so problematic that they changed the Promise at Dawn 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 multifacetedxploration 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 ach of these issues is xplored No my girl you know nothing of how we women are imprison. Gregory Maguire critically acclaimed author of Wicked returns with his agerly anticipated second novel Using a dazzling reincarnation of the Cinderella story set in 17th century Holland Maguire deftly weaves together stories of inner and outer beauty Iris is a plain but intelligent young girl Forced to flee England with her. Ed 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 rendering at times to see how 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 nd 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 The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery enjoy literary writing you will likely appreciate itven if the metaphors are occasionally too heavy handed However one of the problems with the novel is that the characters
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too difficult to To truly love a book I think you need to fall in love a little with at least one of the characters There are Darkmere exceptions of course butven Silence of the Lambs has a weirdly aspirational Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? 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 timeslements were introduced that were a little too Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den 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 whonjoy adult or literary retellings Scraps Of The Untainted Sky especially if theynjoyed Wicked For me it was a satisfying read This was an The Eric Carle Gift Set 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 climax that was vague and unexciting and a denouement that was pretty disappointing Only as anpilogue do we discover what happened to Iris the main character of the book and Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century even then it is brief and without many detailsMany of the ideas introduced into the storyline also felt as though they were left hanging at thend of the book Clara the Cinderella character seemed a very flat character to me although she could have been interesting if the author had developed her Mostly it was disappointing to not get the completion of Caspar and Iris s relationship after the Fashion Design Course entire book leads up to it You would think that if the story was written down by Caspar as thepilogue Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, explains then we would have gotten it from his point of view rather than Iris sOverall it was an okay read but I m not sure I want to read Wicked now after reading this one 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 thend which gave me a little brain jolt and I always like that 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 girls who with their mother flee from England after their father is murdered Poor and begging they have no choice but to first take a job as the housekeeper to an artist then to a merchant of the city I believe it s Amsterdam but not Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga entirely sure Ruth the oldest is dumb and mute and taken care of by Iris the younger smarter sister who shows artistic promise but is considered plain at best and will never be a beauty The merchant s daughter Clara befriends the two young girls amidst her fear of leaving her home and her belief that she is a changeling When her mother dies during pregnancy and Iris and Ruth s mother steps in as matron of the household Clara is held as nothing than the beauty in which her stepmother will buy back her fort. Recently widowed mother Margarethe and her older sister she finds herself swept into a life that becomes a legend Arriving destitute the family becomesmployed in the home of a wealthy tulip merchant Margarethe is hired as the housekeeper and Iris as a companion to the merchant's stunningly beautiful but troubled daughter Wh. ,

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