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The House on Mango Street Paperback – April 3, 1991
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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
Top Customer Reviews
Cisneros's magnificently lyrical prose forces us to see the world through the perspective of an adolescent Latina. Don't let the simple sentences and short chapters fool you. Beneath the surface lies a rich network of themes: poverty, child abuse, rape, spousal abuse, the importance of education, hypocrisy, and a host of others.
If you're looking for a linear story with a clearly defined plot, look elsewhere. Cisneros paints in broad strokes, and her canvas is multi-colored. Seen from up close, each chapter is a self-contained beauty. Seen from a distance, the chapters come together to reveal a masterpiece of Latino literature; it is by turns a feminist novel, a bildungsroman, and a chronicle of the will's triumph. The book has affected me profoundly, and with each new reading I find more to admire about it.
Maintaining a childish innocence, Esperanza's first person account reveals her growing awareness of alternatives to her Mango Street existence. She is saddened that her friend Sally, an abused child, never escapes, marrying very early ("in a state where children can marry before they have finished eighth grade"). Alicia, an older, highly motivated friend, however, works to achieve an education and spends long hours traveling to and from school so that she can move beyond Mango Street. Her prescient Aunt Lupe tells Esperanza to "Keep writing. It will keep you free," and a psychic tells her that she must work hard and write so that she can "come back for those who cannot make it out on their own."
Dealing with everyday issues of maturity, a growing awareness of her own sexuality, and her resentment of a world which does not value women, Esperanza is an astute observer, telling stories filled with the humor, wonder, and sometimes heartbreak.Read more ›
Cisneros' writing is really beautiful--full of wonderfully vivid imagery. Many of the short chapters are less than a full page in length and read like prose poems. Along the way we learn of Esperanza's family, neighbors, school, rites of passage, and dreams of the future. Cisneros writes with a moving appreciation of beauty, hope, and tragedy; "Mango Street" is a richly realized world.
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This review will is on "The House on Mango Street" a Mexican-American novel by Sandra Cisneros. I personally would recommend this book for mature audience. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Some will find the narrator's linguistically uncommon hybrid voice free of the usual grammatical constraints adorable. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
The House on Mango Street is a classic, and a masterful example of expert vignette writing. It's a quick read, the writing is very natural but the concepts are uncomfortable and... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Lilith Lane
I expected more after reviews, is ok, but not the kind of book I keep willing to read over and over, like Garcia Marquez's. Is ok.Published 6 days ago by Analia J.
I had to read this for class, it turned out to be a great book.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a remarkable and engrossing book. It is not a sunny and stereotypical
fiction for young readers, but exposes the reality of life in poor inner-city... Read more
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros Is a Book That I Think People Should Read Sometimes; Meaning That Their Some Parts in the Story That Make Me Think If There is... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer