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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (1999)

de Gregory Maguire

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On seeing her portrait, a servant girl modelling for an artist in 17th century Holland realizes she is ugly. But the portrait opens her eyes to the world of art, she becomes a painter and is transformed by her work so that when a prince charming appears she is no longer ugly.
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    Kerian: The retold fairy tale series edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling is also very good. Each book is a collection of short stories.
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It took me so long to slog through this, which surprised me because I sped through the Wicked series and other reimagined fairy tales by this author. His retelling of the Cinderella story, however, just did not grab me. Set in Holland during a period where tulips were becoming popular, and spending a lot of time on that as well as the practice of becoming a painter, it seemed to lose the thread of the fairy tale itself. Not just a reimagining, but an entirely different story with a loose basis in the plot of the familiar tale. I had a hard time caring about any of the characters and a lot of the time didn't really understand what was going on. This might be my own fault, because I put it down several times to read things for book club as well as things I was just more interested in. Overall, though, this isn't Maguire's best. ( )
  EmScape | Jan 3, 2022 |
Cinderella re-written
  sundayat7 | Sep 5, 2021 |
Synopsis: A woman (Margarethe) and her two daughters (Ruth and Iris) flee from England to Haarlem, Netherlands because the husband is murdered after a dam he helps constructs breaks. Margarethe expects to fine her grandfather there, but he has died and his household dissolved. They have nothing, leaving Margarethe to beg for work in the streets. A painter hires her to be a housekeeper with the daughters running errands and collecting flowers for him to paint. Ruth is 'slow'; Iris takes care of her, including her in the work when she can or making sure she is safely occupied. Eventually, the Master's painting of 'ugly' Iris holding beautiful flowers attracts the attention of a wealthy tulip broker. He hires the Master to paint his beautiful daughter's portrait; he also wants Iris to teach the girl, Clara, English and to be her companion. Margarethe and Ruth are used as house workers. Clara is neurotic, for all of her beauty. With this as the setting, the story of Cinderella unfolds from the perspective of one of the step-sisters.
Review: This is a completely involving story. The reader learns about the rise and fall of the tulip industry, as well as the rise and fall of the fortunes of tulip speculators. The perspective of the ugly step-sister tells of the descent of a spoiled beauty into near madness and her re-birth as a caring human being. The ending is surprising, yet not unimaginable. ( )
  DrLed | Jun 8, 2021 |
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  5083mitzi | Mar 14, 2021 |
It took a while before I started liking the book. I wasn't very impressed at the start, but the more I read, the more I liked it. It did take a while to figure out when the Cinderella part of the story was going to kick in - or even a reasonable facsimile! - but it did and I ended up really enjoying the book. Who knew I'd actually LIKE the ugly stepsister! If you are someone who gives up on a book after a certain amount of time, I say keep going on this one! ( )
  LibraryCin | Jan 15, 2021 |
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