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La casa en Mango Street

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Elogiado por la crítica, admirado por lectores de todas las edades, en escuelas y universidades de todo el país y traducido a una multitud de idiomas, La casa en Mango Street es la extraordinaria historia de Esperanza Cordero. Contado a través de una serie de viñetas —a veces desgarradoras, a veces profundamente alegres— es el relato de una niña latina que crece en un barr ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 18th 1994 by Vintage Espanol (first published 1984)
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Mar 05, 2010 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mmx, simpatico

It’s a little after 2am. I’m having the dreams.

The ones that blindside me and have that weird echo --- is or isn’t this real? Sleep isn’t going to happen. What’s new. I leave my room to check out the house. Doors locked? Check. Kids asleep? Check…whoa, hold up a minute. Em is awake. She’s sitting in the living room illuminated by a booklite. She’s got about 4 blankets piled on top of her and she’s….. reading. Reading? I’m used to the insomnia, on both our parts… we knock around each other, say
"I make a story for my life, for each step my brown shoe takes."

Esperanza Cordero, a Mexican-American girl living in poverty, gives a soaring voice to a multitude of characters who otherwise would remain in infinite darkness all their pitiful lives. Echoing the undying optimism even in the most wretched place, Esperanza stands for a sunny day, for light and memories.

"When you leave you must remember to come back for the others. A circle, understand? You will always be Esperanza. You will always
May 02, 2007 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Original pub date: 1984)
This is another one of those "reading list classics" that I figured I should try. Especially since it's really short! ;) The book consists entirely of vignettes from the author's childhood in a poor section of Chicago. The writing is beautiful and spare - no vignette is longer that 2 or 3 pages (and the font is huge and widely spaced). It reads like poetry, really - the words are potent and evocative rather than exhaustively descriptive.

My reading of this book actually h
May 25, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The description on goodreads describes this as a novel. It is not a novel. It isn't a collection of stories either. The word is "vignette"--snapshots of significant moments, people, in young Esperanza's day-to-day life, sprinkled with her understanding that she will leave this House on Mango Street, and the Houses not on Mango Street that could be on Mango Street, and write, but that Mango Street will never leave her. There is no central plot line or conflict. Some characters go as quick as we m ...more
Aug 04, 2016 Rincey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was beautiful
Dec 09, 2008 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the opportunity to meet Sandra in one of her book readings and I was so overcome with emotions I was part babbling, part crying and part laughing with joy. I had to thank her because there was finally someone in the literary world that understood me and was able to tell stories that were similar to mine growing up as a Mexican in Chicago. I adore this book because I finally felt like I wasn't alone! I've seen so many stereotypes of hispanic people and I never felt like I identified with an ...more
Jul 28, 2007 T G rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-library
She is a good poet who penned a mediocre "novel." I tell you, it is on the slim side of a novella. Physically, the book is short (maybe 5/7 the height of a standard paperbook), 12 point font, double-spaced, 134 pages long with 44 chapters and each one is set apart with its own half page. Oh, and the content? Just what you'd expect. Why, I bet Cisneros spent a whole afternoon writing what you could read in an afternoon.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Nov 09, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
I found the introduction filled with unintended ironies. Cisneros said she wanted to write a book that you could turn to any page and find it accessible. For one thing, she said she was "abandoning quotation marks to streamline the typography and make the page as simple and readable as possible." Really? Personally, as far as I'm concerned, punctuation marks are our friends. Quotation marks in the most economical way signal that we are reading a conversation, and through conventions such as alte ...more
The House on Mango Street is deceptively simple. And considering that is used for all sorts of ends within a wide range of English literature classrooms (I, myself, have used it at the 7th and 11th grades, as well as studied it at college and grad school), it is beautifully malleable. But despite its many "uses," ultimately this is a book about a girl who resists oppression and finds her voice. It deserves to be not only enjoyed for its rhythm and poetry, its humor and imagery, but studied for i ...more
Rose Ann
Jun 19, 2008 Rose Ann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I did not care for the style of writing...each small chapter(1.5-2 pgs.)(vignette), is a snippet of what life is like on Mango Street for Esperanza. Tbe idea of these snippets (vignettes) is great, but they never kept my attention or painted a vivid picture for me.
It is not a continuous plot, that keeps you hanging. I'm not used to this style, so it really didnt "grab" me.
I was hoping that throughout the book I would connect with the character or "feel" something...I never did.
I was not impresse
Jul 06, 2016 Yamini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-print, classics
This book is silent perfection.

Esperanza’s story is both heartbreaking and breathtaking. Read as part of a women’s coming-of-age course, The House on Mango Street might be my favorite book so far in the course. Esperanza’s story is gripping from page one, her narrative absolutely stunning. The writing of the novel perfectly aligns itself with Esperanza’s personality—or at least, how I imagine a character such as her would write.

Unlike the other novels read for this same course, what’s more appre
"that Guy"
May 27, 2008 "that Guy" rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who enjoy really wierd book
Recommended to "that by: My spanish teacher
This was without a doubt one of the worst books I have EVER read. Now, before I go any further, I would like to say that when I read this book, I read it in Spanish. Because Spanish is not my first language, this created some difficulties understanding the material.

With that said, it was still a bad book. There was no actual plot, because this story was a biography of the author. In other words, if you swap out a few key names, it will be the story of the writer's life. In other words, the writ
I'm not latino, but I grew up poor. I was lucky enough that my mom tried her best to keep us from being super aware of this fact. We got free lunch and sometimes she pretended she'd already eaten dinner, and our house was infested with cockroaches and didn't have enough insulation to keep warm in a Florida winter, and I could never go on any fieldtrip that cost money, but I didn't feel inferior to other people. Reading that whole list, I realize that I was independently a fairly innocent, blinde ...more
Chris Friend
Aug 04, 2009 Chris Friend rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Social workers who need a good hard-luck case to inspire them.
Recommended to Chris by: FLVS English II, and I'll never forgive it for that.
What a horrible, wretched waste of time and paper.

If you want to feel better about yourself, knowing that you can properly use punctuation and sentence structure, read this book. You'll see that someone else who can't can still get published.

If you want to feel better about yourself, thinking of the pleasantries of the simple things in life, read this book. You'll see plenty of characters who don't have them, and you can compare yourself to them and feel vain.

If you want to feel better about you
Jun 15, 2007 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book twice. The first was by myself a few years ago, around fifth grade. That wasn't the right time to read it, because I couldn't appreciate the beauty and simplicity in Sandra Cisnero's writing.
This year, we read most of "The House on Mango Street" in English with my amazing teacher Mrs. Rudin. Before reading it, however, we read a poem (or incredibly short story - it was a page) by S.C. first, to get a sense of her writing. It was incredibly beautiful, about a boy. There is
"Only a house as quiet as snow, a space for myself to go, clean as paper before the poem."

This series of vignettes revolving around the community of Mango Street fills up with lines as lyrical and colorful as this quote. Characterization and setting go hand in hand here, both so powerful. Some make me laugh, like "A rice sandwich" and "Hips". I love "four Skinny Trees" for Esperanza's enchanting spirit. Occasionally, one confuses me and seems disjointed. Many of them tackle abusive relationships
Jan 01, 2015 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
I do not know how to rate this. It reminds me of my mother. I am not sure I can separate it from my mom and rate it fairly. I wish my mother was more of a reader though. I think she would like this.
Jan 31, 2016 Klinta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Full review.
This book made me remember my childhood friends and what happened around me and it put me through a lot of emotions and memories, yet, the only thing that I actually liked about the book was the introduction, which explained what the author tried to do, how she got there and what message everyone will hopefully take away from this reading experience.

The book itself bored me and although I could follow the main path Esperanza was taking and the side paths - to show all the people aro
Aug 12, 2011 Lillie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Noone, don't turtur yourself.
Recommended to Lillie by: My school made me read it.
My school made me read this book, I would otherwise not have gotten past the first page, it was so boring. I would call it a circular story but for the fact that it never goes anywhere in the process of getting back to where it started. The book sounds like Cisneros wrote what was published as it came to her(and I mean in order), and never looked back to edit; it is filled with little segments that could have made a great back ground for a story if used as such instead of focused on. The first h ...more
Dec 11, 2008 Brin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The House on Mango Street to many people was viewed as this excellent book. People though it was appealing that there was an unreliable narrator and that they need to assume or figure out what the true meaning was. To me this kind of book does not appeal at all to me.
It is about a young girl growing up in a sort of Hispanic ghetto area and having to deal with the challenges of life. Although she is nothing but an average girl, in the book not so average and very disturbing, sad things happen.
Jul 16, 2009 Joy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What are you guys talking about? Did anyone notice her style of writing made it seem so illitarate. We forgot to put punctuation marks where necessary. I got lost as to what she was talking about. What bothered me most was she has a MASTERS... A freak MASTERS degree! 2, the hispanic heritage she made Hispanics estupido...What are you guys talking about? Did anyone read this book? It was hard for me to read because I wanted to edit more than read. 3. How can you have a curriculum on this book to ...more
Nov 14, 2008 miaaa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to miaaa by: Prima Rusdi, Icha & Vashti
Shelves: fictions-others
Let me tell you one story my dear fellow readers. A story about a young girl who is able to portray her life as an immigrant in the most simple way. It's not an easy life I assume but the way she portrays it in simple descrptions cause a havoc in my brain. Born as a girl in the society where strong women are not acceptable, she inherites her great-grandmother's name but she refuses to inherite the defeat her great-grandmother had suffered. She's young, so are her little sister and her two young ...more
Oct 27, 2015 Mari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I talk about this book in my April reading wrap-up.

Here is a book that I've been meaning to read for forever and did not disappoint. I can see where others may have struggled with this story (the lack of punctuation, the 'novel' told in vignettes, the lack of real plot, etc) but I loved Esperanza's story and her voice and the way Cisneros weaves poetry into the things she writes. I also found myself relating to a lot of the feels Esperanza expressed, from her name to her desire to have her own h
Sawsan Amien
الرواية نصوص قصيرة عن فتاة مكسيكية لديها الكثير لتحكيه عن حياتها في شارع مانجو
البيت والعائلة, الأصدقاء والجيران, لحظات الفرح والحزن
الرواية كأنها ألبوم للصور في كل صورة لقطة من لقطات حياتها
Britta Böhler
Sep 17, 2016 Britta Böhler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2016, kindle
Beautiful, poetic little vignettes, woven together to tell the tale of Esperanza, a young American-Mexican girl growing up in a poor neighborhood full of stories.
Mar 10, 2008 Kayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my all time favorite--it's short and poignant. You can read it quickly for sheer enjoyment (it reads poetically) or you can dig your heels in and really take note of Latino culture. In all reality though, one of the reasons I love it so much is that it doesn't only discuss Latino culture but middle and lower class America. And Cisneros alsos really brings out slippery domestic issues women face everywhere. It's sweet, it's sad, It's a bit scary and funny--IT'S 100 pages or so of WONDERFU ...more
I would have loved this in high school, as Esperanza's story about growing up in that one house in Chicago in that one neighborhood as a brown girl was the sort of story I loved. The vignette style works for me.

What I'm happy about is that I didn't read it in high school because I wouldn't have gotten a lot of the things that happened that seemed small but weren't. Ooooffff how the boys treated girls, how the girls were harassed, the fear that pulsed in Esperanza's body when she'd see what happe
This was bad. I was confused the whole time and didn't know what was going on.
I didn't like it so much that I don't even want to rate it.
Jan 14, 2016 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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AleJandra Guido
**2 Yes, no, maybe so STARS**

"I am going to tell you a story about a girl who didn't want to belong."

Hace un par de días estaba viendo el documental The Latino List en Netflix. Entre las personalidades que entrevistaron, esta Sandra Cisneros, y me gusto mucho escuchar sus vivencias, la forma en la que describe la forma en que creció y lo raro que era para ella tener esa necesidad de escribir en un ambiente en el que nunca le alentaron la lectura.

Así que en cuanto pude me dispuse a leer un libro
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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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