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The House on Mango Street (1984)

de Sandra Cisneros

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER A coming-of-age classic, acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught in schools and universities alike, and translated around the worldfrom the winner of the 2019 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature.
The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes-sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous-Sandra Cisneros' masterpiece is a classic story of childhood and self-discovery. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.
Cisneros draws on her rich [Latino] heritage ... and seduces with precise, spare prose, creat[ing] unforgettable characters we want to lift off the page. She is not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one. The New York Times Book Review

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I'm going to be honest and say that I did not choose this book for pleasure reading. I actually only read it because I will be utilizing some of the vignettes for my AP Spanish Lang course I'll be teaching this year.

While I can understand the cultural significance and the literary value this book holds, on a more personal level I can't say that I enjoyed it. I tried approaching this from an open mind and more laid back perspective, but it didn't work. It may have been my subconscious trying to find things that I could factor into my lessons, or the fact that reading this is Spanish was complete different than reading it in English (the original language it was written in). Whatever it was, I did have a hard time wanting to finish it. If it wasn't for the reading challenge I would have filed this under my dnf pile. I will give [a:Elena Poniatowska|32135|Elena Poniatowska|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1203572583p2/32135.jpg] credit for her translation of this book though! I think if it had been anyone else, the translation wouldn't have done it justice.

Now in terms of the content, I will say this book has a lot to offer especially given the perspective of a young Chicana growing up in Chicago. This book is a good book. It teaches the reader a lot about what Chican@s go through in a country in which racism is prevalent and opportunities aren't always easy to come by. Lastly, one thing that [a:Sandra Cisneros|13234|Sandra Cisneros|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1342038396p2/13234.jpg] does really well is experiment with different literary forms. It definitely took me a couple of rereading of certain vignettes to fully understand what was happening.

Overall, it's a good read. Worth a try I'd say. ( )
  prebs29 | Jul 6, 2024 |
"The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros is a poignant collection of vignettes that beautifully captures the essence of growing up in a Latino neighborhood. The prose is lyrical and evocative, making the reader feel the emotions and struggles of the protagonist, Esperanza.

However, the fragmented narrative style, while unique, can sometimes be disjointed and make it challenging to fully connect with the story. Some readers may find the lack of a traditional plot structure a bit unsatisfying. Despite this, the book offers important insights into cultural identity and the complexities of finding one's place in the world.

Overall, it’s a thoughtful read with both strengths and weaknesses. Recommended for those interested in diverse perspectives and poetic storytelling. ( )
  ninawalker | May 23, 2024 |
I love the writing style, and how it's told in vignettes. ( )
  Dances_with_Words | Jan 6, 2024 |
In The House on Mango Street, author Sandra Cisneros creates a tender and touching coming-of-age tale focused on Esperanza Cordero, a young Hispanic girl growing up in an impoverished, mixed-race neighborhood in Chicago. Billed as a novel, the book is really a collection of more than forty linked episodes, all told through Esperanza’s eyes as she tries to figure out the world around her while moving—reluctantly most days, it seems—from childhood to womanhood. All those tales are quite short, seldom more than a few pages in length, and each captures a specific moment in Esperanza’s upbringing or myriad relationships with friends and family that serves to underscore the book’s main themes of culture differences, wealth disparities, and gender roles.

This is a beautifully written story that reads as much like a prose poem as a traditional narrative. That is not all that surprising; in the version I read (i.e., the 25th anniversary edition), Cisneros includes an enlightening Introduction detailing the book’s origins dating to her time in a graduate writing program when she was struggling with the decision to move from writing poetry to producing short fiction. At times, it felt like the author must have been midway through that transition when she finished The House on Mango Street, which certainly produced an effective result. It was also clear from the Introduction that much of the story is autobiographical, based on Cisneros’ own experiences growing up in Chicago as part of a Hispanic family that struggled economically at times.

The choice to relate events entirely from Esperanza’s perspective was interesting, but one that led to a mixed outcome for me. I like first-person narration because, if you are going to encounter an unreliable narrator, that is the way the story needs to be told. And, without question, Esperanza is an unreliable narrator, not because she is deceitful or hiding a terrible secret, but simply because her age and lack of experience do not always allow her to perceive things the way they are. However, that limited perspective, while great for a story about growing up, also led to a very slight tale in which not a lot happens. Essentially, what we get amounts to a few months in the life of a young girl for whom Mango Street symbolizes who she is but also a place she desperately wants to leave. Overall, this is a poignant story that is well worth the brief amount of time it demands of the reader. ( )
  browner56 | Jan 1, 2024 |
I'm going to be honest and say that I did not choose this book for pleasure reading. I actually only read it because I will be utilizing some of the vignettes for my AP Spanish Lang course I'll be teaching this year.

While I can understand the cultural significance and the literary value this book holds, on a more personal level I can't say that I enjoyed it. I tried approaching this from an open mind and more laid back perspective, but it didn't work. It may have been my subconscious trying to find things that I could factor into my lessons, or the fact that reading this is Spanish was complete different than reading it in English (the original language it was written in). Whatever it was, I did have a hard time wanting to finish it. If it wasn't for the reading challenge I would have filed this under my dnf pile. I will give [a:Elena Poniatowska|32135|Elena Poniatowska|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1203572583p2/32135.jpg] credit for her translation of this book though! I think if it had been anyone else, the translation wouldn't have done it justice.

Now in terms of the content, I will say this book has a lot to offer especially given the perspective of a young Chicana growing up in Chicago. This book is a good book. It teaches the reader a lot about what Chican@s go through in a country in which racism is prevalent and opportunities aren't always easy to come by. Lastly, one thing that [a:Sandra Cisneros|13234|Sandra Cisneros|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1342038396p2/13234.jpg] does really well is experiment with different literary forms. It definitely took me a couple of rereading of certain vignettes to fully understand what was happening.

Overall, it's a good read. Worth a try I'd say. ( )
  KrabbyPattyCakes | Dec 3, 2023 |
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Classic Literature. Fiction. Literature. HTML:

NATIONAL BESTSELLER A coming-of-age classic, acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught in schools and universities alike, and translated around the worldfrom the winner of the 2019 PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature.
The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes-sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous-Sandra Cisneros' masterpiece is a classic story of childhood and self-discovery. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.
Cisneros draws on her rich [Latino] heritage ... and seduces with precise, spare prose, creat[ing] unforgettable characters we want to lift off the page. She is not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one. The New York Times Book Review

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