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The House on Mango Street Hardcover – April 26, 1994
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Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
“A classic. . . . This little book has made a great space for itself on the shelf of American literature.” —Julia Alvarez
“Afortunado! Lucky! Lucky the generation who grew up with Esperanza and The House on Mango Street. And lucky future readers. This funny, beautiful book will always be with us.” —Maxine Hong Kingston
“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.” —Bebe Moore Campbell, The New York Times Book Review
“Marvelous . . . spare yet luminous. The subtle power of Cisneros’s storytelling is evident. She communicates all the rapture and rage of growing up in a modern world.” —San Francisco Cronicle
“A deeply moving novel...delightful and poignant. . . . Like the best of poetry, it opens the windows of the heart without a wasted word.” —Miami Herald
“Sandra Cisneros is one of the most brillant of today’s young writers. Her work is sensitive, alert, nuanceful . . . rich with music and picture.” —Gwendolyn Books
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Top Customer Reviews
Not all books are the same, many books just have chapters in them, this one has various stories. For example, she doesn’t only talk about her house, but she has stories where she talks about “hair”, boys, her “name” and even a “monkey garden”. With Cisneros utilizing not only one stories but many, it gives the reader more curiosity in reading more about her writing because there will always be something new every time you turn a couple pages. For example, you would be reading and you turn the page of the book and you see another title. It meant that Cisneros was finished with her point and she was on to the next to express her thoughts about a situation. I am a type of person who would rather do math then read anytime, but with this book I was interested in reading it until the end. which is something rare because I would often skim. Every story was fascinating because I got to learn more about the author by her describing many situations in her life and her expressing her opinions. I got to learn how protective she was with her little sister because she really cared about her, how she disliked living in her house because she thought it was the ugliest in the whole neighborhood and who she would talk to on a regular basis.
It is not always common for a reader to relate so much to the author, but while reading this memoir I noticed I didn’t relate to Cisneros once, but I did multiple times.Read more ›
This book personifies almost everything from "four skinny trees" to doors on a house. It's not your average book, it doesn't follow the basic frame of most books and things don't necessarily
"click" together like most books. It contains a variety of vignettes, that will in most cases, take you by surprise.
As we read through the book, we grow with Esperanza as she experiences life and the good and bad things that go along with it. She starts to feel and see many things that take her by surprise. Throughout the book her friendships with Lucy, Rachael, Sally, and even her little sister Nenny grow and mature. Also throughout the book she is on a path to self discovery. I feel that Esperanza is jut like every other girl with a dream to get married, have a big house, be accepted, and not have to worry about what anyone thinks. You will end up being very moved by the book.
Vignettes are used in "The House on Mango Street" to display aspects of Esperanza's identity. She has many views on poverty and how it affects her place in society. Through these vignettes, Esperanza appears to be easily intimidated. Contradictory to Esperanza's negative self-image is her optimism. Though she feels trapped by poverty and race, she has a clear view of her destiny to leave Mango Street. The vignettes unfold the growth of Esperanza from a bashful, naïve girl to a strong, focused young woman prepared to strike out on her own.
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House of Mango Street is one of my most-beloved books. The vignettes provide an interesting structure to the characters' lives. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Jody
I had to read this book for my English 2 class. I was supposed to write 6-8 sentences answering a question about each little chapter. Honestly sometimes I wrote more than I read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had 'The House on Mango Street' pop up in my suggestions due to some other critically acclaimed books I've read, so I thought I would give it a shot. Read morePublished 3 months ago by James B.
This book is terrible. Why doesn't the author use quotation marks like it's not that difficult. I cannot stand the way the people talk in the book like can you not use complete... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Crystal Gillen
I honestly didn't care for this read. It wasn't the best book I have read and I thought it was confusing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Drayton Blankenbaker
House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is the story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latino girl growing up in Chicago. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer