Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Note moyenne 3,51
( 51 977 avis fournis par Goodreads )
 
9780755341696: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

“[An] engrossing story...endearing and memorable.”
Boston Herald

“[An] arresting hybrid of mystery, fairy tale, and historical novel.”
Detroit Free Press

“A tale so movingly told that you will say at the end of the first reading, ‘It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book this good.’”

Nashville Tennessean

 

Gregory Maguire proves himself to be “one of contemporary fiction’s most assured myth-makers” (Kirkus Reviews) with Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, his ingenious and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella fairy tale. Perhaps best known for his dark and breathtaking Oz series The Wicked Years—including the novel Wicked, which inspired the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical—Maguire is a master at upending the ordinary to help us see the familiar in a brilliant new light.

Les informations fournies dans la section « Synopsis » peuvent faire référence à une autre édition de ce titre.

Review :

Gregory Maguire's chilling, wonderful retelling of Cinderella is a study in contrasts. Love and hate, beauty and ugliness, cruelty and charity--each idea is stripped of its ethical trappings, smashed up against its opposite number, and laid bare for our examination. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister begins in 17th-century Holland, where the two Fisher sisters and their mother have fled to escape a hostile England. Maguire's characters are at once more human and more fanciful than their fairy-tale originals. Plain but smart Iris and her sister, Ruth, a hulking simpleton, are dazed and terrified as their mother, Margarethe, urges them into the strange Dutch streets. Within days, purposeful Margarethe has secured the family a place in the home of an aspiring painter, where for a short time, they find happiness.

But this is Cinderella, after all, and tragedy is inevitable. When a wealthy tulip speculator commissions the painter to capture his blindingly lovely daughter, Clara, on canvas, Margarethe jumps at the chance to better their lot. "Give me room to cast my eel spear, and let follow what may," she crows, and the Fisher family abandons the artist for the upper-crust Van den Meers.

When Van den Meer's wife dies during childbirth, the stage is set for Margarethe to take over the household and for Clara to adopt the role of "Cinderling" in order to survive. What follows is a changeling adventure, and of course a ball, a handsome prince, a lost slipper, and what might even be a fairy godmother. In a single magic night, the exquisite and the ugly swirl around in a heated mix:

Everything about this moment hovers, trembles, all their sweet, unreasonable hopes on view before anything has had the chance to go wrong. A stepsister spins on black and white tiles, in glass slippers and a gold gown, and two stepsisters watch with unrelieved admiration. The light pours in, strengthening in its golden hue as the sun sinks and the evening approaches. Clara is as otherworldly as the Donkeywoman, the Girl-Boy. Extreme beauty is an affliction...
But beyond these familiar elements, Maguire's second novel becomes something else altogether--a morality play, a psychological study, a feminist manifesto, or perhaps a plain explanation of what it is to be human. Villains turn out to be heroes, and heroes disappoint. The story's narrator wryly observes, "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 more common for human beings to turn into rats." --Therese Littleton

From the Back Cover :

Is this new land a place where magics really happen?

From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated second novel, a brilliant and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella tale.

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 more common for human beings to turn into rats....

We all have 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?

Extreme beauty is an affliction

Set against the rich backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister.

Clara was the prettiest child, but was her life the prettiest tale?

While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, burning all memories of her past, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household--and the treacherous truth of her former life.

God and Satan snarling at each other like dogs.... Imps and fairy godmotbers trying to undo each other's work. How we try to pin the world between opposite extremes!

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.

Les informations fournies dans la section « A propos du livre » peuvent faire référence à une autre édition de ce titre.

Meilleurs résultats de recherche sur AbeBooks

1.

Gregory Maguire
Edité par Headline Publishing Group, United Kingdom (2008)
ISBN 10 : 0755341694 ISBN 13 : 9780755341696
Neuf(s) Paperback Quantité : 10
Vendeur
The Book Depository
(London, Royaume-Uni)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Headline Publishing Group, United Kingdom, 2008. Paperback. État : New. Language: English . Brand New Book. We have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave amongst 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 looks? Set against the backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who is swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris s path becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister. While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household - and the treacherous truth of her former life. N° de réf. du libraire AA69780755341696

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 9,37
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : Gratuit
De Royaume-Uni vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

2.

Gregory Maguire
Edité par Headline Publishing Group, United Kingdom (2008)
ISBN 10 : 0755341694 ISBN 13 : 9780755341696
Neuf(s) Paperback Quantité : 10
Vendeur
The Book Depository US
(London, Royaume-Uni)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Headline Publishing Group, United Kingdom, 2008. Paperback. État : New. Language: English . Brand New Book. We have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave amongst 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 looks? Set against the backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who is swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris s path becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister. While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household - and the treacherous truth of her former life. N° de réf. du libraire AA69780755341696

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 10,46
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : Gratuit
De Royaume-Uni vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

3.

Gregory Maguire
ISBN 10 : 0755341694 ISBN 13 : 9780755341696
Neuf(s) Quantité : 2
Vendeur
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, Etats-Unis)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre État : New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. N° de réf. du libraire 97807553416960000000

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 10,47
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : Gratuit
Vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

4.

Gregory Maguire
Edité par Headline Review (2008)
ISBN 10 : 0755341694 ISBN 13 : 9780755341696
Neuf(s) Couverture souple Quantité : 2
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Headline Review, 2008. État : New. 2008. Paperback. A novel of beauty and betrayal, which reminds us that deception can be unearthed - and love unveiled - in the most unexpected of places Num Pages: 416 pages, No. BIC Classification: FM. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 196 x 133 x 27. Weight in Grams: 346. . . . . . . N° de réf. du libraire V9780755341696

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 12,15
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : Gratuit
De Irlande vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

5.

Gregory Maguire
Edité par Headline Review
ISBN 10 : 0755341694 ISBN 13 : 9780755341696
Neuf(s) Couverture souple Quantité : 2
Vendeur
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, Etats-Unis)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Headline Review. État : New. 2008. Paperback. A novel of beauty and betrayal, which reminds us that deception can be unearthed - and love unveiled - in the most unexpected of places Num Pages: 416 pages, No. BIC Classification: FM. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 196 x 133 x 27. Weight in Grams: 346. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. N° de réf. du libraire V9780755341696

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 12,27
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : Gratuit
Vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

6.

Gregory Maguire
Edité par Headline Review (2008)
ISBN 10 : 0755341694 ISBN 13 : 9780755341696
Neuf(s) Couverture souple Quantité : 1
Vendeur
European-Media-Service Mannheim
(Mannheim, Allemagne)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Headline Review, 2008. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire GH9780755341696

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 8,93
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : EUR 3,99
De Allemagne vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

7.

Gregory Maguire
Edité par Headline Publishing Group 2008-10-02, London (2008)
ISBN 10 : 0755341694 ISBN 13 : 9780755341696
Neuf(s) paperback Quantité : 1
Vendeur
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, Royaume-Uni)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Headline Publishing Group 2008-10-02, London, 2008. paperback. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire 9780755341696

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 9,86
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : EUR 3,39
De Royaume-Uni vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

8.

Gregory Maguire
Edité par Headline Publishing Group
ISBN 10 : 0755341694 ISBN 13 : 9780755341696
Neuf(s) Paperback Quantité : 5
Vendeur
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, Royaume-Uni)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Headline Publishing Group. Paperback. État : new. BRAND NEW, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Gregory Maguire, We have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave amongst 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 looks? Set against the backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who is swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's path becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister. While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household - and the treacherous truth of her former life. N° de réf. du libraire B9780755341696

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 6,18
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : EUR 7,86
De Royaume-Uni vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

9.

Gregory Maguire
ISBN 10 : 0755341694 ISBN 13 : 9780755341696
Neuf(s) Paperback Quantité : 2
Vendeur
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, Royaume-Uni)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre Paperback. État : New. Not Signed; We have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave amongst 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 looks? Set. book. N° de réf. du libraire ria9780755341696_rkm

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 10,09
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : EUR 4,37
De Royaume-Uni vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

10.

Gregory Maguire
ISBN 10 : 0755341694 ISBN 13 : 9780755341696
Neuf(s) Quantité : 2
Vendeur
Speedy Hen LLC
(Sunrise, FL, Etats-Unis)
Evaluation vendeur
[?]

Description du livre État : New. Bookseller Inventory # ST0755341694. N° de réf. du libraire ST0755341694

Plus d'informations sur ce vendeur | Poser une question au libraire

Acheter neuf
EUR 14,82
Autre devise

Ajouter au panier

Frais de port : Gratuit
Vers Etats-Unis
Destinations, frais et délais

autres exemplaires de ce livre sont disponibles

Afficher tous les résultats pour ce livre