Mirror Mirror: A Novel

Paperback | September 28, 2004

byGregory Maguire

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“Entertaining…profound….A novel for adults that unearths our buried fascination with the primal fears and truths fairy tales contain.”
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Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author who re-imagined a darker, more dangerous Land of Oz in his New York Times bestselling series The Wicked Years, offers a brilliant reinvention of the timeless Snow White fairy tale: Mirror Mirror. Setting his story amid the cultural, political and artistic whirlwind of Renaissance Italy—and casting the notorious Lucrezia Borgia as the Evil Queen—Maguire and Mirror Mirror will enthrall a wide array of book lovers ranging from adult fans of Harry Potter to readers of the sophisticated stories of Angela Carter.<_o3a_p>

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“A brilliant achievement.” —Boston Herald “Entertaining…profound….A novel for adults that unearths our buried fascination with the primal fears and truths fairy tales contain.”—Christian Science Monitor Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author who re-imagined a darker, more dangerous Land of Oz in his New York Times bestselling series The...

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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. 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 Borgi...

Gregory Maguire is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofConfessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror;and the Wicked Years, a series that includesWicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men,andOut of Oz. Now a beloved classic,Wickedis the basis for a blockbuster Tony Award–winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art, l...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.8 inPublished:September 28, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Customer Reviews of Mirror Mirror: A Novel


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read What a fun twist on a well known tale!
Date published: 2016-12-23
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

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“Wildly inventive...Maguire refreshes his source material capably...Every bit as good as Wicked: wicked good, in fact.”