Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

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"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 sisters, 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 more to say." 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. Book jacket.
Publisher: [New York?] : PerfectBound, 2003
ISBN: 9780060575700
0060575700
9780060767556
0060767553
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook

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AL_STEFFEN Jul 19, 2017

My favorite Maguire after the Wicked series.
Set in Italy, I LOVE the inclusion of Lucretia Borgia and his take on dwarves felt fresh.


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AL_STEFFEN Jul 19, 2017

My favorite Maguire after the Wicked series.
Set in Italy, I LOVE the inclusion of Lucretia Borgia and his take on dwarves felt fresh.

ChristchurchLib Jun 27, 2016

Set in Renaissance Italy, this revisionist version of "Snow White" casts as its heroine young Bianca de Nevada. Her widowed father is a minor nobleman with loyalties to the Borgia family, particularly Cesare and his sister (and lover) Lucrezia. But when the lecherous Cesare begins to pay too much attention to Bianca, jealous Lucrezia orders a young hunter to lead the girl into the forest and kill her. The girl escapes and is taken in by seven dwarves, who are on a quest to retrieve their special mirror. If you enjoy this novel by Wicked author Gregory Maguire, you may also want to read his Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, a retelling of "Cinderella" set in 17th-century Holland.

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Squirt_tastic
Oct 12, 2013

It was alright. It grew dull for me and was difficult to finish. I read this after Wicked and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister though so I could have been growing tired of the concept. It was my least favorite of his books of this style though.

Krull14 Aug 28, 2013

This book was interesting, and was not very comparable to those fables we have known about Snow White. This has more of a historical aspect to it. I belive it is more historical than any of the books I have read by Gregory Maguire, and this is what I liked about it. The inclusion of the Borgias family intrigued me, thought this was probably my least favorite of Maguire's books I've read so far.

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emcmanus11
Jul 25, 2012

This book is intriguing. It's a variation of Snow White set in Italy and with the historical figures of the Borgias playing the antagonists. It is the same story with different characters and plot devices, but it is entertaining nonetheless.

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yellowis4happy
Dec 15, 2010

A very intriguing novel, and not one for the faint of heart - or at least, those who oppose or can't stomach incest. Lucrezia Borgia plays the role of the Evil Stepmother quite excellently, and is actually more intriguing and interesting than Bianca de Nevada, the book's Snow White.

Maguire's handling of the story is not so original as his take on the characters and the origin of the mirror, as well as its creators. Definitely a page turner.

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Palomino
Nov 27, 2010

"average" rating means, it's anything but average, I just can't decide if I liked it or if I'm mad that this guy's literary art used up so much of my time.

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Jul 25, 2012

emcmanus11 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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