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.
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 am always impressed by Gregory Maguire, at his ability to take something so familiar and make a new different and intriguing.this is another great success for him at a wonderful opportunity for us as readers to enjoy a story we've heard for years.the only things that was I think unnecessary, what's the use of several different readers for the different sections.I didn't think it added anything
I've greatly enjoyed some of his other stories, including the Wicked series, and most recently, Egg & Spoon. This one missed the mark by a mile. Uninspiring story; I couldn't ever develop a sense of the characters. The entire thing felt forced, and the narration was completely off. I actually couldn't wait until it was over.
"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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