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

by Sandra Cisneros

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Title:The House on Mango Street
Authors:Sandra Cisneros
Info:Vintage (1991), Paperback, 110 pages
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Tags:Fiction, literature, contemporary fiction, Cuban immigrant experience

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Cisneros gives the reader a chance to look at the world from the perspective of a Chicana girl. In the process, she writes about difficult topics while also managing to show that despite her narrator's desire to leave Mango Street, there is an element of beauty there. She can never really leave, no matter how much she may try.
  CarolineMCarrico | Aug 30, 2014 |
There really wasn't a lot to this book. I mean... there wasn't much of a story line, it was more so a collection of painfully short stories about the residents of one area. I can see why a lot of people have to read this for school though. It is filled with the kind of imagery that English teachers/professors LOVE to tear apart and over analize. In all honesty, I think that's all this book is really good for because if you don't dig into it and over analize it like that, there's really nothing there. Without tearing it apart in a class, there's nothing but words strung together; there's no real substance to it. ( )
  cebellol | Jul 22, 2014 |
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  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 |
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We didn't alway live on Mango Street.
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Told in a series of vibrant vignettes, this is the story of Esperanza Cordera, a girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, in a neighborhood that is neither pretty nor easy. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, this is a moving story of a young girl attempting to rise above the hopelessness around her.
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:04:40 -0400)

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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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