Told in a series of vibrant vignettes, The House On Mango Street is the story of Esperanza Cordera, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter ...Show synopsisTold in a series of vibrant vignettes, The House On Mango Street is the story of Esperanza Cordera, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago. For Esperanza, Mango Street is a desolate landscape of concrete and run-down tenements where she discovers the hard realities of life - the fetters of class and gender, the spectre of racial enmity and the mysteries of sexuality. Capturing her thoughts and emotions in poems and stories, Esperanza is able to rise above hopelessness and create for herself "a house all of my own quiet as snow, a space for myself to go" in the midst of her oppressive surroundings.Hide synopsis
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I bought the books my kids will read this year. This was one of them.
It is and easy read but it gives a tweens view of growing up in South Chicago. I liked it. It has a different style as they put it "vignettes".
Why this book is so lauded is beyond me.
It is a great idea, I'll grant it that. A book composed of anecdotes relating the story of a neighborhood and all the unique residents therein. After being told about the book, my imagination ran wild, dreaming up all sorts of eccentric characters and anecdotes, both poignant and humorous, with which the book might be filled.
I then went and actually read the book, which was my mistake. All my idle dreams were crushed by the pathetic writing that made up the vast majority of this book. Shallow and dull, no interesting ideas were explored, and no creativity displayed itself. Failing that, the book could at least have been entertaining. Sadly, this was not the case.
It gets two stars because of one chapter, toward the end, called "The Monkey Garden." This chapter was excellent. It was written beautifully and the characters seemed to come to life and flourish for these scant few pages, before returning to their previous, pallid state just in time for the next chapter. Cisneros seems to taunt us with a brilliant taste of what the whole book might have been, but wasn't.
Not really worth reading at all.
I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh, cry, and renvent myself. I never really thought this book would make realize so much I have and realize what my mother and family went through. It was like reading my mother and father's story of how they struggled to live a a new country. The places she described were like the ones my mother talks about. They too lived in Chicago, but now they live in El Paso, Texas.
Thank you Sandra Cisneros for being back wonderful memories that I had left behind. Thank you for bringing back those stories full of happiness and some of sorrows.
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