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La Casa en Mango Street
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2002
I have read this book aloud, in English and Spanish, to students grade 3-5 and they were all MESMERIZED by it. The reason is that they had never heard a book written in a child's voice, about everyday experiences similar to their own. The part about one of the girls being tempted to kiss the bum for a dollar got a great discussion going, with many students giving their opinion about what the girl should or should not do. Also, Elena Poniatowska did an amazing job of translating from English to Spanish. Nothing was lost, not even the voice. Poniatowska is an author in her own right, and therefore was able to achieve a perfect translation.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 1998
La Casa en Mango Street provoca en el lector la voluntad de analizar aquellos sucesos que al parecer son cotidianos y simples pero en realidad dejan una huella en la vida de aquéllos que los experimentan.
A través de éstos la narradora, Esperanza, relata una etapa de su vida (técnica utilizada a la perfección por la autora). La contemplación de las nubes, la visita a un colmado, etc. cumplen con este fin. Para los lectores jóvenes podría servir como fotografía de algunos problemas que enfrentan hoy (como por ejemplo el embarazo en jóvenes).
En resumen, este es un libro recomendable pues combina varias técnicas literarias, pero es el estilo de la narración lo que lo hace uno muy innovador y le ganan a la autora otro acierto en su profesión.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2004
I originally read this book because I had to- in Spanish class, I had to prove my literacy. But after I read it once and got a spectacular grade on it, I read it again and noticed that there's a good message for those who haven't come from the most highly favored backgrounds in the neighborhood. It's written from a child's perspective and gave me a new outlook on what my own father must have gone through when he made the move from his country to the US. Props to Sandra in both languages.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2007
I recommend reading this book in English. Because the author uses some Spanish or Spanglish in the original version, the Spanish translation is hard to understand at times.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2005
The book, House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is an interesting book. I really do not understand why on some of the critiques people say they did not understand the book. I think it is very meaningful book. If you pay attention to it, there are many messages that Sandra Cisneros wrote on her book. I like this book very much because there are some stories that relate to my life, and I understand the concept of what she is talking about on her book. If there is, one thing that I did not like was that the book has many characters that I have to keep up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2005
Por este conducto le doy gracias a Lilia, mi amiga, que me prestó este libro y leí con mucho deleite y atención. A primera vista se trata de una lectura fácil, pero habla de muchas cosas profundas y el lector se ve obligado a ponerse en los zapatos de cada personaje para comprender sus emociones y motivaciones. Los capítulos estan sutilmente unidos, y son como diferentes vistas de un poliedro que nos hacen apreciar en conjunto el mundo del autor.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2009
I'm reviewing this as an English speaker who approached this work as a chance to test my Spanish skills.

Frankly, I found the book delightfully interesting. The translation was, for the most part, easily readable, and the stories themselves were very memorable. I am confident that I missed much of context, and intend to read the work in English soon, but the translation wasn't especially complex.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2003
Lo que ami me gusto sobre el libro fue que tiene en algunas partes muchas canciones bonitas. Tambien que esta facil para leer para personas que se les hace mucho trabajo leer. Esta historia que yo lei se trataba de una senora que tenia 6 hijos y su marido la abandono. La senora ya no queria a los ninos porque eran muchos y la enfadaban, y por eso ella se iva a trabajar y los dejaba solos en la casa sin nadie que los atendiera, Ms.Hernadez decia que ya estaba enfadada de ellos. Yo pienso que si talvez el senor no los huviera abandonado su padre y que los ninos fueran ala escuela para que no fueran tan mal educados fueran una familia feliz sin problemas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 1999
I felt like I was in the book with her as one of her friends. She was so descriptive and spoke from real life. The way she described the trees in front of her house left me speachless and in complete aw of her talent. I was very emotional while reading the whole book because I could relate so much with the characters in the book. It was a fenominal book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2010
Las novelas más inspiradoras sobre la mujer latinoamericana son "La casa de los espíritus" de Isabel Allende, "El amor en los tiempos del cólera" de García Márquez, "Las hermanas Agüero" de Christina García, "La casa en Mango Street" de Sandra Cisneros y la que acaba de aparecer sobre la mujer de la inmigración, "El amor de Carmela me va a matar" de Eduardo González Viaña.
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