This book grips the reader from the beginning and doesn't let go. Instead of traditional linear story telling, her life is told in scenes and vignettes. This book is beautifully written and should be read by everyone ages 14 and up. It is a unique look into the life of an Hispanic American girl.
I read this book for an International Literature class--it was great. I felt like I experienced (at least one woman's view of) latino culture. A great read for people who aren't latino and are interested in learning more about what it's like to be.
As a Latina, I treasured this look into the life of my co-madres growing up in the tough barrios of Chicago. Short but sweet in a melancholy way. This is not so much a novel as a series of sketches that will teach you more about us as Hispanic women than any workshop.
The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros, is a series of prose vignettes (with a little bit of poetry thrown in) that chronicles a pre-teenaged girl, Esperanza, growing up on Mango Street in Chicago. The prose is beautifully written, the stories hauntingly sad at times. Each chapter is only 1 to 3 pages long, each describing the people and places that Esperanza encounters. The overriding theme of the book is how Esperanza belongs but doesn't want to belong to Mango Street. She is and is not Mango Street.
Overall, I'd rate this book a 9 out of 10, and I plan to keep it on my bookshelf for the time being.
LISTEN AS SANDRA CISNEROS BRINGS TO LIFE HER GREATLY ADMIRED NOVEL OF A YOUNG GIRL GROWING UP IN THE LATINO SECTION OF CHICAGO. ACCLAIMED BY CRITICS, BELOVED BY CHILDREN, THEIRS PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS, TAUGHT EVERYWHERE FROM INNER-CITY GRADE SCHOOLS TO UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND TRANSLATED ALL OVER THE WORLD, IT HAS ENTERED THE CANON OF COMING OF AGE CLASSICS.
TELLS THE STORY OF ESPERANZA CORDERO, WHOSE NEIGHBORHOOD IS ONE OF HARSH REALITIES AND HARSH BEAUTY. ESPERANZA DOESN'T WANT TO BELONG - NOT TO HER RUNDOWN NEIGHBORHOOD, AND NOT TO THE LOW EXPECTATIONS THE WORLD HAS FOR HER. ESPERANZA'S STORY IS THAT OF A YOUNG GIRL COMING INTO HER POWER AND INVENTING FOR HERSELF WHAT SHE WILL BECOME.
Did I miss something here? So many people have raved about this book and have said that it has to be read. Why exactly? I mean, it's good. I guess. It's not bad. But it's not something that is needed IMO.
I highly doubt it would grab many young reluctant readers and if it did I'd certainly be surprised. Some of the word choices were just so damn out there it seemed like they were used for shock value and nothing else.
Were these short stories or chapters of some strange sort? Half a page isn't a "story" to me. It's a few paragraphs at most. It has to be damn good to be considered a story if it's that short and these were just.... well, nothing really. They didn't suck but they didn't make it anywhere near where they could be considered short stories.
If they were chapters all I can say is holy hell.
I don't know, it's obvious Sandra Cisneros has a way with words - for the most part - and I'm not saying the book is horrible or that it sucks. Maybe my expectations were too high because of all I've heard. I can't see myself recommending it to anyone in the future. Or even thinking about it to be honest.
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
A series of vingnettes forms a novel of a young girs growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. You chronicle the life of a young girl coming into her power and inventing for herself what she will become.
"Told in a series of vignettes stunning for their eloquence, THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET is Sandra Cisneros's greatly admired novel of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Acclaimed by critics, beloved by children, their parents and grandparents, taught everywhere from inner-city grade school to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, it has entered the canon of coming-or-age classics." (back cover)