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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street (original 1984; edition 1991)

by Sandra Cisneros (Author)

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Title:The House on Mango Street
Authors:Sandra Cisneros (Author)
Info:Vintage Contemporaries (1991), Paperback, 110 pages
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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (1984)

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Carol Crow
  KindredSpirits | Jul 10, 2014 |
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is semi-autobiographical fiction. It is the tale of Esperanza Cordero, a young immigrant Latina girl. It is an unusual book in that it is written in a series of vignettes, each a page or two long. The vignettes deal with everything from love and family to rape and death. Connecting the dots between the points of the vignettes gives you a picture of Esperanza's life

Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/06/the-house-on-mango-street.html ( )
  njmom3 | Jun 13, 2014 |
Lovely, simple stories. Their value lies in what isn't said about the poverty and grimness of Esperanza's surroundings. ( )
  imjustmea | Jun 1, 2014 |
This book is full of yearning; everyone in it longs to be someone else, to live somewhere else other than this street in the Hispanic slum of a nameless American city. Most of the women look for a man who will take them away; Esperanza's escape is her poems and stories, especially about the women around her.

"When you leave you must remember to come back for the others. A circle, understand? You will always be Esperanza. You will always be Mango Street. You can't erase what you know. You can't forget who you are." ( )
  ipsoivan | May 19, 2014 |
I really liked the "realness" of this book. Cisneros captures the essence of a young Mexican girl growing up in Chicago. Each "chapter" is a small snippet or vignette of a memory, a situation, description of a person in the neighborhood, or just reflection by the budding main character, Esperanza. Some of the vignettes are sad, some are funny, and some just get to the heart of things. Cisneros' use of punctuation is superb. In the chapter called "Sire" Esperanza is daydreaming about being held and Cisneros uses question marks to punctuate imagined kisses.
  feministgiles | May 12, 2014 |
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Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero.

Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

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For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness.

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