Book Reviews of The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street
The House on Mango Street
Author: Sandra Cisneros
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ISBN-13: 9780679734772
ISBN-10: 0679734775
Publication Date: 4/3/1991
Pages: 110
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 442 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
Not what I expected, but a beautiful book from start to finish.
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A wonderful memoir of a child in a small ethnically diverse community. Very heartfelt and honest.
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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.
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This is a wonderful book for young latina girls to read. It a coming of age classic!
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Excellent book! Great story, I have never read another book like it.
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Excellent insights into growing up and knowing a wide variety of personalities. Each chapter is a memory that shapes who one is and a reminder that we should not forget where we come from.

Gripping, poignant, and not easily put asside
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Once again a peek into a different culture and the values that shape lives.
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This book was capitvating. It's the story of a young hispanic girl's journey into adulthood. Even though I read it for school, I could not put it down!
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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.
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Helpful Score: 2
One of my all-time favorite books! Cisneros has a beautiful, unique style!
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Story about a Spanish girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago very good book.
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awesome, atmoespheric, amazing!
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I enjoyed reading this. It's pretty easy to read, but has good play on your emotions. Liked the writing style. Helps if you know the author's background information and such.
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pretty good, very fast read, I liked the writing style
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Really liked it.
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very good stories - great read!
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great story and easy to read.
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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.
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I really enjoyed this book, wonderful stories.
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It was ok-short and sweet, but just ok.
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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.
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Cisneros writes with a poetic prose that supasses anyting I have read thus far. Fantastic and I hghly recommend it to any lover of language and culture.
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Very unique. Quick read that you will only enjoy if you read between the lines.
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A beautiful series of short vignettes about the life of Esperanza, a young Chicano woman with dreams of something better. Heartbreaking, joyful - I love this book!
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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.
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great book
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I enjoyed this book.
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A girl coming of age in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, uses poems and stories to express thoughts and emotions about her oppressive environment.
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this was a cute book by sandra cisneros.. i love her work
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I hated this book. It is a collection of exceptionally stupid and boring poetry. However if that sort of thing intrests you this may be a good fit.
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This boom was ok.
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Well written, I will be reading it again.
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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
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"Vigorous, punch and imagistic. Cisneros knows exactly what she's after in her narrative -- and achieves it with admirable grace." -- San Antonio Express-News.

"Sandra Cisneros is one of the most brilliant of today's young writers. Her work is sensitive, alert, nuancefull...rich with music and picture." --Gwendolyn Brooks

Told in a series of vignettes stunning for their eloquence... is the story of a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago.
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Good book..just not my reading style.
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Excellent book that was on my wishlist-I found another copy to share here on PBS!
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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.
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"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)
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I didn't like this book very much. There are notes on some of the pages. I guess the person before did it