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Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
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Aug 12, 2011

really liked it
Read from July 29 to August 12, 2011

Reading this text was like slowly chewing my way through a fifteen-layer cake: filled to the brim with stories, rich with cultural details, and sprinkled with bits of Spanish that I could or could not understand. It almost became overbearing at times, since Cisneros gave me so much to imagine and see that my eyes would literally wear out. But I appreciated this about her craft, for this is a writer that uses words to remember. This is a novel that is complex in the way it weaves multiple stories, cross-generational, together through its pages. It is also a novel that captures many voices at once, drawing from a child's wide-eyed, impulsive thoughts to the inner monologue of a grandmother (sometimes endearing, sometimes raucously omnipresent).

There were passages in here that left me hanging in a moment of reflection, which is always nice to find. If I didn't have to read this book for class, I would probably never have picked it up; thus, I'm glad I did.

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