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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

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
Collections:Your library
Tags:Fiction, literature, contemporary fiction, Cuban immigrant experience

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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (1984)



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This book is good- really good. I believe if the writer knows what she wants to write about, she keeps it simple, entertaining. I enjoyed the short (really short: one page for most) stories and how she convey the life of a poor Hispanic neighborhood. She did not gather these memories not from her childhood (she mentions that she had a comfortable childhood), but from her teaching years with less fortunate kids.

People on Mango street are poor, have immigrant problems (language, identity crisis), but regular people- like you and me. Because we all feel happy or sad at some point during the day. She avoided a sobby cliche book without drawing unicorns and managed put a smile on the reader's face without trying hard.

This is how she explained her writing: "I wrote these stories... guided by my heart and by my ear. I was writing a novel and didn't know I was writing a novel; if I had, I probably couldn't have done it. I knew I wanted to tell a story made up of a series of stories that would make sense if read alone, or that could be read all together to tell one big story, each story contributing to the whole—like beads in a necklace."

Right on Sandra Cisneros, right on. ( )
  soontobefree | May 1, 2017 |
As a middle school teacher, this is definitely something I would read with my students because I think they could relate to its topics and themes. As a writer, I have no problem with greying genre lines (in this case between poetry and fiction), and I liked some of the figurative language. As an adult, however, it wasn't enough for me. If the book wasn't formatted so that every vignette starts at the bottom of a new page, I don't think it would exceed 60 pages. There simply aren't enough words for me to consider this a novella. I suspect that if I had encountered this as a chapbook by an unknown author, I probably would have praised it's originality. But in its current form, it comes off as pretentious and overrated.

So in a syllable, meh. ( )
  StefanieBrookTrout | Feb 4, 2017 |
3.5 stars ( )
  Gaiagirlie | Jan 12, 2017 |
This book requires thought questions and/or a book group to really appreciate. It's so thin and straightforward that I was left cold on my initial read-through; it seemed to have no meat. As I reread and think and develop questions and have conversations with others about it, however, I find myself growing and growing in my appreciation of how intricately it's woven and how very much a Chicago and immigrant and poor and Mexican-American experience it reflects, and how artfully. I am adjusting my rating upwards. To be appropriately appreciated, it, like poetry, needs time to percolate and patterns to form and parallels to be uncovered. ( )
  pammab | Dec 18, 2016 |
I read this book in two days. It's a short book, a sort of quasi-memoir, written in little vignettes which draw you into Cisneros' world. I love books that take me into a neighborhood, a culture where I can be invited in but not feel awkward, b/c of course, I'm not physically there, yet I can feel the mood, listen to the conversations, picture everyone so well. I want to read Cisneros' other books now. ( )
  homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
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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.

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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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