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 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 ...
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 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.
Fine in Fine jacket. 134 pages. The tenth anniversary edition and the first hardcover edition. First edition (first printing of the hardcover). A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Signed by the author on the title page.
Second printing. Softcover. 103 pages. Cisneros' first and best known novel. A very good copy in wrappers with some light creasing to the corners and with American Book Award Winner sticker on the front panel. Signed and warmly inscribed by Cisneros on the dedication page. Uncommon as the first few printings were fairly small and not well distributed.
VG+ WRAPS. COPYRIGHT 1984. THERE ARE SOME SMALL ABRASIONS TO THE FRONT SPINE EDGE AND A TRACE OF WEAR AT SPOTS ON THE EDGES OF COVERS, AND SOME LIGHT FOXING TO VERSO OF COVERS THAT HAS OFFSET TO ADJACENT LEAVES. AN EXCELLENT COPY WITH THE WONDERFUL COVER ART BY ALEJANDRO ROMERO.
Very Good. 103 pages. One of the most important and popular books in the Chicano literary canon. One of just 500 copies (according to the publisher). First edition (first printing). Very good in wrappers (paperback), with light scuffing to the covers. Award stick on front cover. Inscribed at length by Cisneros on the dedication page, 'To __ & __, under a Texas sky more brilliant than Kodachrome. Mil gracias por chidarlo por mi. Abrazos, Sandra. 20 de Sept. 1986. Austin, TX. ' With a printed email from the publisher describing the publishing process.
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".
Sep 4, 2010
Prompt and dependable. Arrived in plenny of time for my daughter to use book at school. Pricing was comfortable.
Jun 3, 2008
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.
Jul 24, 2007
a slim novella in the form of very funny short chapters, on school, love ,life, boyfriends growing up in tight circumstances and yet still finding the funny side of things
Jun 29, 2007
A Book That I Have Never Read Before
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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