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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

By Gregory Maguire

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| Paperback | 9780060987527

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Book Description

Beautifully plays on the beloved tale of Cinderella. In this remarkable version we are taken to Amsterdam, where two impoverished sisters and their widowed mother are taken in by a Flemish painter, and the startling events that follow.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    I found it very difficult to read in the beginning, and slow. But when I got into the story, it was beautiful. I love fairy tales retellings, especially the ones that transform the story in a realistic one.

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    Mag said on May 16, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    "A brilliant and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella tale... We have all 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 ...(continue)

    "A brilliant and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella tale... We have all 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 accompanied Cinderella's exquisite looks?"
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    An amazing book, the proves that the perspective of a story changes depending on who is telling it. I had as hard of a time putting this one down as I did Wicked. I read it all in one day!

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    Heather Landry said on Oct 23, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    *** This comment contains spoilers! ***

    “You can endure any sort of prison if you can find a window in the dark.”
    […]
    “You’re going to go the rest of your life without another window somewhere in the dark?”
    “You look for it”

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    noodlecup said on Feb 13, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    Beauty or ugliness, which is worse? This is the question that Maguire presents to us. All 3 of the sisters suffered because of their looks, but most tragic are Clara and Ruth. One locks herself away because of her distrust of the world, the other pla ...(continue)

    Beauty or ugliness, which is worse? This is the question that Maguire presents to us. All 3 of the sisters suffered because of their looks, but most tragic are Clara and Ruth. One locks herself away because of her distrust of the world, the other plays dumb to match her ungainly appearance. Maguire has managed to capture the heartbreak of adolescence.

    I couldn't put this book down! Each plot unravels just at the right time, revealing the secrets of each character. Forget about the Cinderella fairytale, this is reality of the human condition at its finest.

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    Arya said on Oct 29, 2008 | Add your feedback

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    This one is much better than Wicked!

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    Corky said on Apr 13, 2008 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 383 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0060987529
  • ISBN-13: 9780060987527
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Publish date: 2000-12-01
  • Dimensions: 206 mm x 1,006 mm x 1,509 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , Audio Cassette , School & Library Binding , Others , eBook
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