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,...more
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 1...more
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...more
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...more
"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 us...more
H World Lit
5 May 2008
New York: Harper Collins, 2004
280 pp. $16.00
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,...more
I 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 more a fan of the Oz books than I am with anything Snow White related. Of course, that's possibly why I liked this one more, because I was less invested in the setting. Also, I'm a sucker for historical fantasies and th...more
On the other hand, the writing was well done and the plot interesting enough. It sort of continues with Maguire's theme on not...more
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 more of a fabricat...more
I ended up loving this. He's not a perfec...more
Part of the problem was in the fact that I did make this a read aloud. McGuire interspersed his text with a lot of Italian words and when you add that to his sometimes eclectic vocabulary, I was tripping over sentences left and right. Stumbling over the pronunciation of half of the words was surely not h...more
It’s very odd and darker, something I already expected, but it wasn’t as great as I found out Wicked to be. Maybe because I knew all the flow of this story, it wasn’t surprising, even with the inclusion of the Borgia family. It needed something more to change the story to something really great. Only bad stuff happens in this book, I felt depressed most of the time with i...more
An Italian nobleman, Don Vicente de Nevada, has a beautiful daughter named Bianca, and they live on land where they find a mysterious mirror in their pond. When they take it out, they attract the attention of the living-stone-like dwarfs who created it. When they're visited by Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia, de Nevada receives a holy quest and leaves Bianca in the care of those stil...more
Casting the evil stepmother as Lucrezia Borgia, illegitemate daughter of Pope Alexander IV, is very cleverly done.
Much has been written about "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" (what the Grimm's titled "Little Snow White." As one critic no...more
Snow White, known of course as Bianca, makes her home in 16th century Italy. For a bit of historical reference, I suppose, th...more
I enjoyed the way chapters were short, flitting from one thought to another in an almost dream like state. The characterisation of Bianca is perhaps a little underdeveloped, but this is made up with by the mac...more
I choked this book down waiting for it go better only to be disappointed when it never did. Gregory Maguire has let me down for the last time. I don't care what hype his next book gets I will not be sucked in by it's shit gyre. That's right. My review includes the word "shit" and appropriately so.