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, 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 salvation can be found in the dark forest as well.
A lyrical work of stunning creative vision, Mirror Mirror gives fresh life to the classic story of Snow White - and has a truth and beauty all its own.
©2003 Gregory Maguire; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
It was ok, hard to follow at times. But, over all good. I might read it again to see if i can get more out of the story.
I've read several of Gregory Maguire's books - Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Wicked, Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men. I enjoy his modern twists on well-known fairy tales and his overall writing styles. He always incorporates elements of the fairy tales and weaves them into a believable and thought-provoking plot.
This book has a nice flow, and I enjoyed it. I would have rated it 4 stars but John McDonough constantly mispronounces "Lucrezia" and "Cesare" and it drove me nuts.
I really liked "Wicked" from the same author, and I had high hopes for "Mirror Mirror", but it just didn't meet Maguire standards and the plot seemed rather forced.
I had a hard time lfollowing this book, as I was listening to it, I am not sure if it was the content, or the dialect, or the accent of the author. Never finished, as it was to hard to follow along.
Yes,I will try others as I enjoy his other books, it was just this one was tough.
probably not...I didn't find it that interesting and don't feel like i missed anything a 2nd listen would clarify.
maybe. wicked was excellent, but sometimes the odd sex references (which serve little purpose in the story) turn me off...
Maguire is the master of reinterpretation. He combines a familiar narrative with two infamous characters. The result is delightful. I can't wait to listen again, I'm sure there's more pleasure to be wrung from this narrative.
John McDonough leads a talented cast of narrators who link and enliven the various elements of the story.
I enjoyed this book,even though it was a bit hard to get through at times. It's a nice adaptation of the traditional Snow White story though far less wishy washy.
I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.
This is a fantastic story.
I love the way that Gregory Maguire molded the story and characters, very fasinating.
If you loved the "Wicked Cycle" series, you will love this.
And all the narrators did a fantastic job.
"Not his best"
I had height expectations with this book but ended rushing towards the end so I could read another. At points there are hints of his potential, but often it just doesn't flow and the idea of entiwining the Snow White story with the historical Borgia's is clunky.
Anyway I thought the book was going to be better, but I will still read Gregory Maguire's books.
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