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Woman Hollering Creek

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A collection of short stories which bring to life the sounds and smells of Mexico. From a young girl revealing secrets only an eleven-year-old can know, to a witch woman circling above the village on a pre-dawn flight, the women in these stories offer tales of pure discovery.
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Published February 10th 2011 by Not Avail (first published 1991)
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Julia
Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories contains 22 short stories about the female experience, from one paged drabbles, like "My Lucy Friend Who Smells Like Corn," to short stories that are so long they could be considered novellas, like "Eyes of Zapata."

This collection is less than 200 pages yet packs more of a punch than 500 paged novels I've read. Sandra Cisneros is extremely readable an accessible. I read that her goal was that anyone could pick up her books and understand them, and I believ
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Nicola
This is my favourite fact about Sandra Cisneros: she bought a house in San Antonio, Texas and painted it purple, which caused uproar in the neighbourhood.

When I grow up, I want to be Sandra Cisneros. I want to be a great writer; paint my house an obnoxious colour; and court other people's hatred.

Anyway.

This collection of short stories is, like many collections of short stories, a bit of a mixed bag. Most of the stories revolve around poor Latina women, touching upon themes of romance, religion a
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Jen
I expected to like this more. I really enjoyed her poetry collection "My Wicked Wicked Ways." I recommend people check it out. However, this collection of short stories were bland to me. Can Cisneros write beautifully? Yes, she can. But these stories are don't have much plot driving them. Some of them are simply vignettes. The collection's literary value comes from the variety of Chicana experience it includes. There are many different women here. However, a man is central to almost all of them ...more
E
So many stories in this book are absolute art. There are perhaps two or three tales that did not grip me, but otherwise I have read all the others at least five times over the years. Cisneros truly found her voice here - poetic, hypnotic, erotic storytelling with multi-cultural and feminist undertones. I truly envy her gift in this collection.
Missy Kennedy
This collection of stories is my new bible. Long live Sandra Cisneros!
Harley
I have this out of the library. I think she's amazing -- you can smell and taste her stories. Lots are about childhood, many are very short, just sketches really.

Update: I'll call this read, because I had to take it back -- overdue after a renewal. I had saved one long story for last, so I think I'll just go to the library and read it there. Such interesting characters, lots of them bi-cultural back and forth between the US and Mexico. The title story is a good example. A young hispanic woman f
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Raymondb
Sandra Cisneros Woman Hollering Creek is about a young girl named Cleofilas who just recently got married to a man named Juan Pedro. The story itself was very confusing at first but as I began to read it, you meet a girl who is trying to live the life of a soap opera but seems to be stuck in what people would consider reality. As a reader you first come across this when Juan Pedro strikes Cleofilas for the first time, when he hits her she expected to run off crying like they do in the shows but ...more
Wendy Perkins
I wish I liked this since so many people I respect sing its praises. Instead of being drawn into Cisneros's voice or themes, I found the execution of the stories to be largely frustrating. Cisneros likes to use lists in her stories, lists of sounds, lists of items for sale at the grocery, lists of things that remind her of a child's ear, etc. For me, this got old very quickly, and became a huge distraction from whatever the story was. I wanted to like her insight into Mexican-American culture. I ...more
Katie Stewart
It is not often that I give one star reviews, but I did not like this book. I have nothing against the author or anything like that, I simply did not like it. I think it was more that I was not able to understand it as it was meant to be. I couldn't relate to the characters. I couldn't get in to the mindset of the characters even though I was reading their thoughts. I couldn't emphasize with the characters through similar experiences because I haven't really experienced anything like the women i ...more
Chaneli
4.5. I love this collection so much! I can't wait to re-read it in the future. I love all the stories of these complex women and their various experiences in life. It was beautiful and I love the mixture of Spanish and English. Just so so lovely, emotional, and i'm happy this collection exists.
Maria
Sandra Cisneros is like a female, gritty, and Latina version of Mark Twain. Their similarities are in the childlike, though they may be adults, narrators that reveal mature truths. The language is down to earth, the situations simple but what happens to the characters in their humble lives is tragic to them and tragic to us if we're sensitive enough to appreciate it.
I read this book in Spanish to practice my fluidity with the language. I think it was the language that makes the stories shine wi
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Tattered Cover Book Store
This book was recomended by novelist and book editor Jenny Shank as part of the Rocky Mountain Land Library's "A Reading List For the President Elect: A Western Primer for the Next Administration."
Jon
Well written and often moving, this is an excellent short story collection by Sandra Cisneros, a Hispanic author and poet. All of the stories feature female Hispanic characters from both sides of the border and many of the stories have a distinct feminist slant to them. The title story, "Woman Hollering Creek", in particular, offers a classic tale of a woman trying to escape a violent relationship. However, this isn't a depressing one note novel. There is a variety of tones and styles and some o ...more
Amanda
I loved this. There was not a single story I didn't get hooked by. I especially loved the ones with the barbies, and the historical ones. I think I need more books by her in my life.
Izetta Autumn
Cisneros was one of my first introductions to language used in this lyrical way. I fell in love with Cisneros, particarly "BBQ" and "Ten," from her House on Mango Street.
Potsie81 (Mary) Will
I read this collection of short stories during my women in literature class in college. Each story offers an amazing tale. Every woman (and man) should read this.
Ann Douglas
Written by an author with a powerful and distinct voice (she frequently lapses into snippets of Spanish), the book makes for a challenging read. But it's worth persisting, if only for the short story "Eleven" (which features a feisty eleven-year-old narrator) and the inspiring call for more real-to-life women in pop culture: "I want them to be women who make things happen, not women who things happen to....Real women. The ones I've loved all my life...>The ones I've known everywhere except on ...more
Kelsey
A very depressing, ill-written book of short stories that mostly revolve around female oppression in Latin culture. Here's how I feel- if you're going to write in Spanish, use correct Spanish grammar. If you're going to write in English, use correct English grammar. Or at least have your editor correct it, because anyone who is fluent in English should feel dumber for reading such poor grammar, and anyone who is practicing English as a second language could learn some very unfortunate speaking h ...more
Nadia
This is my favorite work from Cisneros!!
Kristin
I read this book in conjunction with The House on Mango Street and recommend reading that book first. This book feels like it starts where the other leaves off with much more adult themes and as a result many more emotional facets. What struck me most was her descriptions of the scents of things. Reading this book was like eating a five course meal and I enjoyed every morsel. I appreciate the multilayers of the small stories and just being led wherever the author chose to take me. It's a wonderf ...more
Gardner
After taking a class in south american literature and how it mirrored the social uprising and oppression, this text was especially interesting to me. The protagonist is a woman abused by her husband, who views life as a soap opera, the events in her life mirroring episodes in a TV show.
One of the most interesting aspects of the text is how the narrator changes. It is never in the first person of the woman, however at certain points of the text, the 3rd person narration is almost first person.
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Hayley Bricker
Very lyrical and suggestive of not just immigrant women, but of women as a whole. She suggests sisterhood with Felice and Graciela, and that men are not justified in any way to suggest that women have nothing to do with their own daily lives. Keeping house is not as easy as it looks, and Juan Pedro's audacity to even suggest that Cleofilas is too ignorant to even comprehend the own work he does is simply unjust. He himself is not perfect, and I think it picks up on and highlights the fact that m ...more
Nick Nemetz
Woman Hollering Creek is a story that discusses feminism in a complicated way. Sandra Cisneros, who is the author, uses a woman who wishes that she were living in a Spanish telenovela. The main character, Cleofilas, realizes that she is in fact not living in a telanovela, but doesn’t acknowledge it because she convinces herself that she is. The author may be commenting on how women should grow up in a fantasy. The story somewhat comments on how little girls always want to be the Disney princess ...more
Claudefang
“Woman Hollering Creek” explores the human condition from the perspective of a fragile feminine stereotype, a woman who leaves her home in Mexico and marries into an abusive relationship, which is very often happening these days. In the story, as her original fantasies of the married life are put to an end, she realizes that she must act independently of her husband to be able to live a happier life by leaving him. By finding strength in other feminine influences, she manages to escape back to M ...more
Emily
One of the things that I found the most appealing about Woman Hollering Creek was how the main character, Cliofìlas’, perspective on life mirrored how she watched her favorite soap operas. The first hint at this writing style can be seen at how the story is broken up into different stories that happened to her, much like how episodes are formatted on television. Cliofìlas lacks the perspective to see this chain of events as a major issue in her marriage, therefore separating them into their own ...more
Daniel Streit
I liked this story because of Cisneros' way of describing Cleofila's abusive life like the telenovelas that she looks up to. She aspires for a glamorous, soap opera-like life with her husband Juan Pedro, yet he is an abusive man who breaks down her self confidence. She wants to escape from her life and take her children with her, but she can't do that without offending her violent life partner. This story sheds light on a serious, taboo topic that should be addressed to explain to readers the im ...more
Dallas
“Woman Hollering Creek” by Sandra Cisneros is a story about a woman and her trials in her life. This book shifts between outlooks and perspectives. Sometimes shown between displaying life in a rose tinted lens, through what the main character, Cleofilas, sees as a “telenovela” tv-based reality, and the all too dark truth that her life is in actuality.
What is given here, upon looking at the story and its segments in a whole, is a collection of voices. Each voice is a representation of a differe
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Alissa
Sandra Cisneros in her short story “Women Hollering Creek” exposes all the sadness of a young woman’s life and entwines it with a meandering creek. The main character, Cleófilas, first crosses the creek when she is exiled to Texas with her new husband. It comes to be reflective of her new life as she ponders whether the woman that the arroyo represents is hollering as the result of pain or rage. In the new village no one seems to care about her and no one shares her interest in the name. When sh ...more
Samk808
It is very interesting to see the difference between the fantasy life that Cleofilas had planned through her soap operas, and the reality of her life with her abusive husband. With no mother to base what a relationship should look like on, Cleofilas has this romanticized vision of a passionate love that lasts forever. But the reality is that her husband is nothing like what she envisioned he should be. I think that the moment it finally occurs to her that her life is not like a telenovela is the ...more
Wendy
I found myself unable to stop reading "Woman Hollering Creek", as throughout the entire text I was waiting for Cliofilas to break out of the "spell" that the telenovelas had cast over her life, which had caused her to stay in an abusive relationship. However, even though we find the protagonist oppressed by the men in her life, the story itself takes a very feminist approach. We can assume that the narrator of the story is a woman, and by doing this, indirectly, Cisneros is setting up a woman t ...more
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Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award and the American Book Award, and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. Cisneros is the author of two novels The House on Mango Street and Caramelo; a collection of short ...more
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