Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror The world was called Montefiore as far as she knew and from her aerie on every side all the world descended The year is and seven year old Bianca de Nevada lives perched high above the rolling

The world was called Montefiore, as far as she knew, and from her aerie on every side all the world descended.The year is 1502, and seven year old Bianca de Nevada lives perched high above the rolling hills and valleys of Tuscany and Umbria at Montefiore, the farm of her beloved father, Don Vicente There she spends her days cosseted by Primavera Vecchia, the earthy cook,The world was called Montefiore, as far as she knew, and from her aerie on every side all the world descended.The year is 1502, and seven year old Bianca de Nevada lives perched high above the rolling hills and valleys of Tuscany and Umbria at Montefiore, the farm of her beloved father, Don Vicente There she spends her days cosseted by Primavera Vecchia, the earthy cook, and Fra Ludovico, a priest who tends to their souls between bites of ham and sips of wine.But one day a noble entourage makes its way up the winding slopes to the farm and the world comes to Montefiore In the presence of Cesare Borgia and his sister, the lovely and vain Lucrezia decadent children of a wicked pope no one can claim innocence for very long When Borgia sends Don Vicente on a years long quest to reclaim a relic of the original Tree of Knowledge, he leaves Bianca under the care so to speak of Lucrezia She plots a dire fate for the young girl in the woods below the farm, but in the dark forest there can be found salvation as well The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have to say.

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Mirror Mirror

  1. Gregory Maguire is an American author, whose novels are revisionist retellings of children s stories such as L Frank Baum s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz into Wicked He received his Ph.D in English and American Literature from Tufts University, and his B.A from the State University of New York at Albany He was a professor and co director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children s Literature from 1979 1985 In 1987 he co founded Children s Literature New England a non profit educational charity.Maguire has served as artist in residence at the Blue Mountain Center, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Hambidge Center He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

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  1. This book would have entertained me better if it had been on fire I rarely ever put a book down before I have finished it, no matter how bad it is but I not only put this book down, I gave it away The cafe I was reading it at had a collection bin of books to send to the needy in Africa After forcing myself to read it for several days, I walked right over and tossed it in Sorry to whoever receives the book, perhaps it will be better than reading nothing, though I doubt it.Overall the book was a s [...]

  2. I m a little surprised to see so many dismal mediocre reviews of this story here I found myself to be just as fixated by this story as I was by Wicked I can t say that about another of his popular novels, The Ugly Stepsister.I appreciated the position Gregory took in this re telling of Snow White I found the inclusion of an actual historical family the Borgias intriguing, although I m not going to research them I absolutely adored his description of the dwarves and I think that s where Maguire s [...]

  3. Okay, well Shana and I were at the Used Book Sale at St Agnes yesterday and she chided me for buying this when I said I d probably dislike it I said I would because I m not sure anything Maguire does will compare with the freshness, the intrigue and the delight I found in Wicked Or the quiet painterly tension in Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, which I liked almost as much.The gimmick, of course, is getting old In Mirror, he takes Snow White into the viper s nest of the Borgia family in 16th c [...]

  4. This is by far the least appealing and satisfying of the Maguire fairy tales I ve read I m not really sure where to begin I was all set to devour this retelling of Snow White, set within a beautiful Italian landscape and with the wicked stepmother cast as an untraditional outcast of royalty Maguire does possess a gift for understanding the prevalence of politics these stories imply However, the rest was slow going Unfortunately, I will have to re read it to give specific reasons for disliking i [...]

  5. I really hated this book It was like Snow White on acid Very fragmented and choppy Even the book cover was creepy I love retold fairy tales, but I thought this one was a bit of a stretch, and justweird I couldn t tell where it was try to go was it a horror story, a murder mystery, a complete mistake All in all, it was trying too hard to be too edgy, in my humble opinion Mirror Mirror didn t recapture the magic that all of Maguire s other novels held I was really disappointed In fact, did I even [...]

  6. The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have to say What child does not feel itself perched at the center of creation Small children know the truth that their own existense has caused the world to bloom into being Speaking uses us up, speeds us up Without prayer, that act of confession for merely existing, one might live forever and not know it Faith is a floor If you don t work at making it for yourself, you have nothing to walk on Silence can be tactical Even God used silence as a stra [...]

  7. At first I was a little surprised by all the negative reviews of this book I think it s one of his best In fact, I ended up liking it better than Wicked The first time I read the book, I didn t really get it The second time though, I was floored It strikes me as a psychological and metaphorical novel Whereas Wicked and it s sequels are pretty much straight up exciting storytelling rife with action and politics, Mirror Mirror has extended sections that in first reading are confusing But in those [...]

  8. Erin GortMs HousemanH World Lit5 May 2008Gregory MaguireMirror MirrorNew York Harper Collins, 2004280 pp 16.00978 0 06 098865 4 The novel Mirror Mirror was an immense letdown after reading Wicked and Son of a Witch Gregory Maguire is noted for recreating or retelling previously created tales of fantasy Mirror Mirror is the reinvented story of Snow White Placed in the fantasy tale are Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia, the famous children of Pope They plan the demise of Bianca De Nevada, the innocent an [...]

  9. Out of all the novels by Gregory Maguire, this one is my favorite one True Wicked was popular, there was something about this novel that touched my imagination in a way that I cannot really explain I can say that the novel itself is a mix of both fairy tale and historical events Also, I can tell you that the tale takes place in Tuscany, Italy which in my opinion is a fine setting for such a book.I have to say that giving Snow White a exotic and foreign name of Bianca de Nevada was quite smart [...]

  10. This book was sort of like a double retelling one of Snow White, and one of the Italian Borgias family I really liked the use of historical events and people as the backdrop of this fairy tale, particularly the use of Lucrezia Borgia as the evil stepmother It made me wish I knew about the family s actual history because I think I would have enjoyed it But as much as I liked that aspect, the rootedness of the story in history and politics made some of the fantastical elements dwarves that evol [...]

  11. I thought that this was a very disappointing book After reading Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, which I loved, and Wicked, which I liked, I expected Mirror, Mirror to be a fun read at the very least It was not I love the idea of playing with fairy tales but in my view, Maguire did not succeed in transforming Snow White into a compelling contemporary re telling.

  12. I read Gregory Maguire s Wicked and absolutely loved it I adore the idea of taking a common story and putting a twist on it I was excited about this new book, so I reserved it at the library before it had even been published.I was sorely disappointed and that is being kind I felt like I missed something important in the story telling process that would explain what was happening The basic plot of the story is easy enough to follow.Bianca de Nevada s name literally translates into White from Snow [...]

  13. Stuff I Read Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire ReviewI was surprised how much I liked this book I probably shouldn t have been, because I liked Wiked, but in some ways I was disappointed with Wicked as well, with how it dealt with the Dorothy aspects of the story, and I am much a fan of the Oz books than I am with anything Snow White related Of course, that s possibly why I liked this one , because I was less invested in the setting Also, I m a sucker for historical fantasies and this is a good [...]

  14. You know, I liked Wicked a LOT, but I had this weird feeling after reading it that I wasn t too interested in Maguire s other work because the endless alterna tales shtick seemed tiresome which doesn t make a lot of sense now that I think about it, because I never sat around and thought things like oh Dorothy Sayers, if she s just going to keep writing books about Peter Wimsey solving murders, then why even bother But regardless, I was reluctant.I ended up loving this He s not a perfect writer, [...]

  15. I didn t manage to read it all, there are still 50 pages waiting for me but I don t think I ll ever get back to it It was tiring and really not what I expected The ideas behind the story might have been good but the story itself was dissapointing I was forcing myself to read through for a few days now but I realized I was just wasting my time.

  16. Beautifully written story Barely a resemblance to the fairytale version we all know The Disney one I can t understand why all the low ratings Is it because the story is too beautiful Is it because it s too poetic Is it because too many people don t like human on unicorn sexual encounters Easy 5 star.

  17. One of the better fairy tale retellings, Mirror mirror keeps this perfect balance between whimsical and utterly disturbing Maguire s style is definitely present in this novel and though I sometimes had trouble with understanding who was talking in which chapter and what the hell those dwarf rock goblin things were on about, I flew through this book and would love to re read it once upon a time.

  18. I am giving this a higher rsting than any of my friends in part because I listened to this novel In listening to it, I better understood how this retelling of Snow White reflects the fables compiled by the Brothers Grimm, giving far detail than is easy to read physically If I d read this, I would have either given up or skipped or slid through portions Despite some Borgia fatigue from cable television, BBC,and historical fiction , this fabulistic treatment does little to portray with the clan a [...]

  19. On a spectrum of fairy tale retellings Mirror Mirror landed firmly as historical fiction inspired by a fairy tale The blending of the Borgias with Snow White seemed a tantalizing combination unfortunately, the two never merged into a story that felt fully realized At times it bordered on outright manipulation as if I should appreciate the story simply because the author was brilliant enough to think it up.Frankly, I nearly abandoned the book after Bianca awoke and experienced her first menstruat [...]

  20. I believe that this just may be my favorite Gregory Maguire book to date My reading this book just so happened to coincide with a history channel series having to do with medieval Italian History, which made the fact that this book was thoroughly sprinkled with this subject matter even delicious that it would have otherwise.I literally could not out this book down and finished it in about 12 hours with few breaks When I finished the book I gave myself about 48 hours and then read it again slow [...]

  21. I loved this book I find Gregory Maguire s style of writing and use of language different, very compelling It reminded me of Wicked, in that the beginning was kind of difficult due to the unusual type of narration When I got used to that, I got gradually drawn into the tale and couldn t put it down I loved the inclusion of short poems at the beginning of each chapter, some had the feel of ancient chants And the woodcut illustrations are lovely, they really complement the text For a tale with so [...]

  22. I liked this book for the most part, but I felt the ending could have been a lot better The author s writing was too confusing to understand what actually happened in the end, i.e did she die or not I also lost interest in all that backstory about the antagonist that he tagged on at the end My interest was in Bianca, aka Snowwhite and how the story ended for her specifically, not how many times her jealous enemy had affairs and gave birth after Bianca supposedly died I felt it was unnecessary to [...]

  23. I love this author s work produced as audio books maguire s turn of phrase the unique way he invokes narrative voice reward the actors lots of fun, beautiful and humorous all at once a treat I finished it up on kindle and love reading it too the illustrations and verse at the start of the chapters are like little treats.

  24. Very interesting Another version of Snow White, which I believe I like better than the one I originally learned read saw This was my first thought My second was why, Gregory Maguire, do you retell fairy tales Bianca de Nevada lives in a manor house atop a hill in Italy Somehow, her father is connected with the Borgias So this old fairy tale becomes entangled with the story of Lucrezia and her brother Cesare, a search for the Tree of Knowledge, the manifestation of the seven or eight dwarves and [...]

  25. More of a 3.5 I really enjoyed this one But I do love a good snow white retelling I enjoy Gregory s writing style odd as it may be EXCEPT for the unnecessary perverseness he always adds Did the nursemaid really need to talk about having sex with a squid haha anyways If you like Snow White mixed with some historical fiction and don t mind an old fashioned writing style you ll love it.

  26. The ability to take a moment in History, add a fairytale and create a story that sheds light on both takes a mind that is rich in imagination, a broad grasp of History and a deep understanding of the Genre of Myth Gregory Maguire has proven his ability to retell a familiar tale in such a way so as to cause a tale to never be heard with the same ears again In this retelling of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, he drafts Lucrezia Borgia into the role of the Evil Step Mother Witch and makes real a b [...]

  27. A dark and vivid retelling of Snow White transposed to the Italy of the Borgias Lucrezia is the evil stepmother and five year old Bianca de Nevada grows into the role of Snow White Vicente, a minor landlord beholden to Lucrezia and her brother lover Cesare, unwillingly leaves his motherless daughter to go on a seemingly futile errand for Cesare Journeying to Greece to seek out a branch of the holy Tree of Knowledge, Vicente languishes for years in the dungeon of the very monks who possess the re [...]

  28. This is another one of Maguire s twist on the classics novels I absolutely love the idea and Maguire does it so well However, Mirror, Mirror is not quite as well done as Wicked or Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister The characters in this one were a bit harder to get familiar with and I didn t have a clear picture of the settings, events, or some of the characters.On the other hand, the writing was well done and the plot interesting enough It sort of continues with Maguire s theme on not really ev [...]

  29. I could not get in to this book Maybe I was hoping for too much at the start, thinking it d be as good as Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, or even as entertaining as Wickedbut, no Not even close.I didn t like Lucrezia, which is to be expected, but I didn t like Bianca, either She s supposed to be Snow White She s supposed to be lovely and wonderful and charming and altogether likable Instead I found her to be boring and tedious and hardly ever there I was hoping for of a fabricated story, som [...]

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