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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
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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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Narrated by author. A series of recollections of Esperanza Cordero about her neighbors, friends and Mango Street where she lives. Could be read by middle schoolers and mature older elementary. Recollections are basically those of a child. Recalls her Aunt Lupe who is dying of a disease, the mature Sally who attracts boys attentions even as she's suppressed by her father at home, Esperanza's wish for a real house, her playmates and sister Nemy.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
This was an interesting look at LatinoAmerican life through the eyes of a child. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
This was an interesting look at LatinoAmerican life through the eyes of a child. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Esperanza's family has lived in 3 different places that she can remember before the House on Mango Street. For every time her mother has another child the family needs a larger living space and they move.

Although, her parents dream of winning the lottery & buying the house of their dreams, they will never realize their dream.

The book is made up of 46 short stories about life in the House on Mango Street: we meet Esperanza's family, neighbors & neighbors' families/relatives. She describes life in a typical Chicago Latino Barrio/neighborhood.

The stories are well written and maintain a true to life voice. I am happy to have the opportunity to re-read this book. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
The House on Mango Street contains 44 short vignettes narrated by a young girl named Esperanza Cordero, who just moved with her family to Mango Street in the Chicago barrio. She hates the house because it is not a "real" house, like the one she sees on TV. Esperanza soon realizes that she does not belong to the race or class of people who live in the type of house she sees on TV. In the vignettes Esperanza attempts to let us experience some of the poverty, sexism and racism she sees on a daily basis. The book also talks about the importance of education among women in order to succeed in life and have an equal say in a society dominated by men. The House on Mango Street is full of characters that lack power and their struggle to move forward and make the best possible life for themselves.

I think this book also had some problems, especially with the portrayal of men characters. Almost every male character in the book seemed to be an abuser or a collaborator of the abusers. There are lots of bad men in the world but I wish the author had included some good ones as a counterpoint to the abusive fathers and rapists she has portrayed in her book. I also thought the book was loosely organized and very difficult to follow. The writing style was confusing, providing no room for an interesting analysis on the issues she was trying to highlight.
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  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 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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