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The House on Mango Street Hardcover – April 26, 1994

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Esperanza Cordero, a girl coming of age in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, uses poems and stories to express thoughts and emotions about her oppressive environment. (Apr.)no PW review
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“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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (April 26, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067943335X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679433354
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book may not be for everyone. It is not written with a traditional plot structure or with regard to conventional punctuation, but Cisneros has captured a time and place in a girl's life with poetic language that goes straight to your heart. There is truth here and a great deal of beauty. I loved this book. Think a little bit outside the box (as Cisneros did), and you may as well.
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Reading is not my best subject; it is something I do not like doing on a regular basis, but this time it was different. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is the best book that I have read because it has many engaging stories all in one book, I can relate to Cisneros on many occasions, and I loved how detailed she is with all the situations occurring in her life.
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.
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Format: Audio Cassette
The House on Mango Street is a wonderful book filled with collections of vignettes describing Esperanza's experiences as she slowly matures and gets a clue of what the world is like as she grows up in the ghettos of Chicago. Esperanza's house on Mango Street was a typical house for the type of place she lived at, but it wasn't quite the place that Esperanza dreamed of living in. Esperanza's house consisted of red bricks on the outside, hallway stairs, and barely running water. Esperanza's dream house was spacious, had huge hallways, and pipes that worked and an attic for bums off the street to stay in.
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.
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Format: Paperback
"The House on Mango Street" is the story of an adolescent Hispanic girl named Esperanza. She lives on Mango Street with her family in a house where everyone shares a room. For her whole life, Esperana has dreamed of a house of her own. She feels trapped by her home as the trees in her front yard are by concrete. The poverty of Esperanza's family affects her opinion on life and believes the world outside her home to be simple and carefree. She feels insignificant, but despite her low self-esteem, Esperanza is optimistic of her future.
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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Format: Paperback
House on Mango Street is my favorite book of all time. Many readers get hung up on the author's not-always-correct use of grammer, punctuation, etc...however, the book has powerful imagery with meanings on all levels. Like peotry, Cisneros' literature is like condensed speech, that gets to the heart of the myth of the patriarchy in the lives of Mexican-American women, and all women in general, overall, everyone needs to read it.
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