CONFESSIONS UGLY STEPSISTER GREGORY MAGUIRE PDF

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 writer to have only one set of tricks. The Oz sequence that started with Wicked is a straightforward validation and mitigation of the Wicked Witch of the West's personality and crimes. In Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, by contrast, his strategy with the Cinderella story is to show the two stepsisters of the beautiful Clara as very different from each other, and Clara herself as a passive-aggressive young woman determined to make life difficult for all around her.

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If Gregory Maguire is not exactly a household name, his signature work, Wicked , certainly is known throughout the world, living an everlasting life on stages everywhere in its Tony Award-winning musical version of the same name. Iris is the younger of two daughters of Margarethe Fisher, a Dutch woman who flees England to her native Haarlem after her British husband is brutally murdered. Having invested heavily in tulip futures, van den Meer loses his fortune and takes to his bed in despair and shame.

Margarethe must somehow fend alone now for the family, and sees the upcoming ball thrown in honor of the crumbling Dowager Queen of France and her handsome godson-prince as their final opportunity for societal redemption.

This is not the Cinderella of your youth and certainly bears no resemblance to the mouse-and-pumpkin Disney version. Clara, especially, is nearly unrecognizable, except perhaps for her strange beauty. But be warned: Darker elements of murder, gruesome deaths by plague, witchcraft, kidnapping, and even possible rape populate this rather adult tale. BookDragon Books for the Diverse Reader.

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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

The time is the 17th century, the place Holland. But Grandfather has died; preadolescent Iris who narrates is too plain to marry, and elder sister Ruth is an ungainly simpleton scarcely able to speak. The visiting Dowager Queen of France arrives in Haarlem seeking a worthy portraitist. A thrilling and satisfying sequel to the classic. The microparticle's introduction to Earth in was the disastrous result of an American weapons research program. Before it could be contained, Andromeda killed all but two people in tiny Piedmont, Arizona; during testing after the disaster, AS-1 evolved and escaped into the atmosphere.

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CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER

If Gregory Maguire is not exactly a household name, his signature work, Wicked , certainly is known throughout the world, living an everlasting life on stages everywhere in its Tony Award-winning musical version of the same name. Iris is the younger of two daughters of Margarethe Fisher, a Dutch woman who flees England to her native Haarlem after her British husband is brutally murdered. Having invested heavily in tulip futures, van den Meer loses his fortune and takes to his bed in despair and shame. Margarethe must somehow fend alone now for the family, and sees the upcoming ball thrown in honor of the crumbling Dowager Queen of France and her handsome godson-prince as their final opportunity for societal redemption. This is not the Cinderella of your youth and certainly bears no resemblance to the mouse-and-pumpkin Disney version. Clara, especially, is nearly unrecognizable, except perhaps for her strange beauty. But be warned: Darker elements of murder, gruesome deaths by plague, witchcraft, kidnapping, and even possible rape populate this rather adult tale.

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