Thursday, June 11, 2009
Another book by the author of Wicked, Gregory Maguire's "Mirror Mirror" is his skewed version of the Snow White story.
Set in 1500's Italy, we find a young girl, Bianca De Nevada (literal translation: White of Snow) living with her loving widowed father on an isolated piece of farmland. There are "dwarves" (almost rock-like creatures), a woodsman, a wicked woman (not a step-mom) and the wicked woman's brother, a mirror (that does not talk) and a quest for the apples from the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge.
The wicked woman is Lucrezia Borgia. I wished I had known more about her before I read the book. She's a real person in history, thrown into the book as a vain, incestuous evil creation. Her real story is very sordid, and it would have added more depth to the reading of this book. As it was, I was a little bored with the book, and again, wished I had read on the Borgia family before reading this one.
Mr. Maguire's books are usually a little dark. As I said about "Wicked," this is not your mother's 'Wizard of Oz', or in this case, 'Snow White.' It's dark and adult.