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Mirror Mirror (unabridged): A Novel: A Novel

by Gregory Maguire

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | October 2, 2003 | Audio Book (Cassette)

Mirror Mirror (unabridged): A Novel: A Novel is rated 3.7778 out of 5 by 9.

At the turn of the quattrocento, when the mysteries of the new world threaten the belief systems of the old, a girl with hair as black as a raven's wing, and skin as white as snow, comes of age. The Papal States are ravaged by marauding forces of condottieri, Savaronola is burned at the stake, and the famous Borgia family recipe for poison has to be located in the Vatican files.

A Snow White story of affecting poetry and romance, Mirror Mirror constitutes the world of the Renaissance as a troubled and magical time in which Vatican corruption, Atlantic exploration and conquest, and the secrets husbanded in Byzantine monasteries come to bear on the life of Bianca Nevada. This abandoned girl of Tuscany has had the misfortune to fall under the charge of one of history's most mysterious villainesses, Donna Lucrezia of the Borgias. It's all here: why the eighth dwarf left his brothers, why the hunter spared Bianca's life, and what happened to the deer who gave her heart to be brought as proof of the girl's murder...The novel continues in the spellbinding tradition of Maguire's earlier novels, as Bianca Nevada comes out of the shadows, to ask of the reader: Well? Who is the fairest of us all?

Format: Audio Book (Cassette)

Published: October 2, 2003

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060567678

ISBN - 13: 9780060567675

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't bad This book was long and took a couple of attempts to get through. I'd say pass on it.
Date published: 2010-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Maquire takes back a fairy tale. Mr. Maguire takes a basic fairytale and turns it into a captivating allegory. Once upon a time most fairy tales were cautionary tales told to children meant to scare them into obedience. Today, Disney has papered over these so they are, at best, empty tributes to mass marketing. In Mirror Mirror, the gloves come off. Maguire pulls from both history,biblical myth and biblical reference to give us a story with bite. No punches are spared with the attempts at infanticide, monsters and petty revenge carried to an extreme. The symbolism is artfully used and keeps the reading thinking well after the book is finished.
Date published: 2010-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who is the fairest of them all? With the recent re-release of Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, now was a great time to read Mcguires' take on the Grimm Brothers tale. Mirror Mirror reflects the well known story through the eyes of all characters. Set in Italy in the 1500's, the novel includes historical figures along with the fictional. Machiavelli, De Medici and De Borgia are among the more well known names used through out. As we all know, the story revolves around a young girl with pale white skin and dark hair. Bianca is the name of our heroine in Maguires' world. She lives a quiet life with her father, on their farm. When her father is sent on an impossible mission by members of the Borgia Family, Bianca is left in the care of the housekeeper and priest. The affairs of the household are left in the care of Donna Lucrezia De Borgia. Bianca's father has been absent for years. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Lucrezia becomes increasingly jealous of the attentions Bianca receives from everyone, including Lucrezias' own brother Cesare. She plots to dispose of the girl and as in the classic tale, a hunter is hired to taker her into the forest to be killed. Personally I am new to reading Maguires' work, this is only the second of his novels I have read. I thoroughly enjoy his unique writing style. His ability to change styles with each characters viewpoint make following the story very easy. If you are looking for a grown up, darker version than the one Disney offers, I suggest you give Mirror Mirror a read. Decide for yourself which version is the fairest of all.
Date published: 2009-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece Maguire has such a way with words it is almost indescribable. In my opinion this novel was even better than Wicked.I have enjoyed all of his novels and would recommend any of them, but Mirror Mirror captured me more than any other. It was simply wonderful. A must read for any fairytale OR history lover.
Date published: 2008-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mirror, Mirror The style is different from the execution of 'Wicked' but it's still just as well thought out and as wonderfully executed. The inclusion of the Borgias did not detract from the story at all. On the contrary, it made the slower moving but fairy tale part of the story easier to digest when it was juxtaposed with the murder, intrigue, madness and obsession of the powerful historical family. A good read and incredibly interesting.
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Maguire Marvel This book is one more addition to Gregory Maguire's marvelous fairy tale rewrites. Based around the story of Snow White it alters the readers take on the tale and gives new twists to the story that will leave the reader thinking about it for a long period of time after-words. It is a little strange to get into at first but once emmersed in the story you'll be taken away with it into Snow White's world! I would highly recommend this book as well as Wicked, Son of a Witch, Confessions of an Ugly Step-Sister and Lost. They are all amazing books that you will enjoy over and over again!!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Apple anyone? I read Wicked, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Mirror Mirror, and the series was awesome. His take on Snow White was a little odd, but in the end it was a good book. I happened to read it last, and it was a nice note to end upon.
Date published: 2006-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good. Interesting novel, takes a twist on Snow White. I recommend it.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire I started reading books by Gregory Maguire when my book club chose Wicked- The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. This was an absolutely wonderful book - excellent plot and character development and just a great story. As a result I became an avid fan of Gregory Maguire. I have bought each book that he has written since; unfortunately each subsequent book has been quite the disappointment. The quality of his writing has decreased dramatically. The latest book of his, Mirror Mirror: A novel, is a very big disappointmnet. The writing is difficult to read and it is hard to like the characters due to the lack of character development. In general this book is not very interesting and I would not recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2004-01-29

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Mirror Mirror (unabridged): A Novel: A Novel

by Gregory Maguire

Format: Audio Book (Cassette)

Published: October 2, 2003

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060567678

ISBN - 13: 9780060567675

From the Publisher

At the turn of the quattrocento, when the mysteries of the new world threaten the belief systems of the old, a girl with hair as black as a raven's wing, and skin as white as snow, comes of age. The Papal States are ravaged by marauding forces of condottieri, Savaronola is burned at the stake, and the famous Borgia family recipe for poison has to be located in the Vatican files.

A Snow White story of affecting poetry and romance, Mirror Mirror constitutes the world of the Renaissance as a troubled and magical time in which Vatican corruption, Atlantic exploration and conquest, and the secrets husbanded in Byzantine monasteries come to bear on the life of Bianca Nevada. This abandoned girl of Tuscany has had the misfortune to fall under the charge of one of history's most mysterious villainesses, Donna Lucrezia of the Borgias. It's all here: why the eighth dwarf left his brothers, why the hunter spared Bianca's life, and what happened to the deer who gave her heart to be brought as proof of the girl's murder...The novel continues in the spellbinding tradition of Maguire's earlier novels, as Bianca Nevada comes out of the shadows, to ask of the reader: Well? Who is the fairest of us all?

About the Author

Gregory Maguire is the bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. Wicked, now a beloved classic, is the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Editorial Reviews

"[A] bewitching story . . . Witty and wise."