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Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero.

Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous–it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up
Paperback, 25th Anniversary Edition, 110 pages
Published April 3rd 2009 by Vintage (first published 1984)
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Christian The book, "The House on Mango Street" by sandras Cisneros should be read by everyone because it describes how different people live and what they have…moreThe book, "The House on Mango Street" by sandras Cisneros should be read by everyone because it describes how different people live and what they have to deal with.
In the book Esperanza is a little girl that explains her life and the life of others in the neighborhood. She explains that her house is not what she expected and how he wants to move out of there as soon as she gets the chance to do so. She also describes the lives of different neighbors. For example, Rosa Vargas is a single mother of a lot of kids who struggle to keep all of them in line and under control because her husband left without leaving anything behind. I wish they would have explained some of the characters lives better because some were really brief.
I encourage people to read this book because it talks about child abuse, and teen pregnancy in a way where it isn't that graphic for young readers. (less)
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Anita Tobar Uhm, it is a somewhat novel way of writing, that's fair. But the book and the vignettes are masterfully written, and the storyline might not be clear …moreUhm, it is a somewhat novel way of writing, that's fair. But the book and the vignettes are masterfully written, and the storyline might not be clear as water because the aim of the book appears to be showinf how Latino people (especially, Latina children) live - it's more of a descriptive/character development kind of thing, I guess?(less)

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Ever since middle school when I discovered the writings of the amigas, I have jumped at the opportunity to read novels written by Hispanic women. Despite my life long love of this genre, I have never until now had the privilege of reading Sandra Cisneros' A House on Mango Street. Cisneros is a torch bearer for the Hispanic women writers who I love to read today, so I feel privileged to have read her first novel, now over 30 years old.

Sandra Cisneros grew up on Chicago's north side on Keeler str
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: simpatico, mmx

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
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-fiction
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4 out of 5 stars to The House on Mango Street, a short series of vignettes published in 1984 and written by Sandra Cisneros. Picture it: Long Island, August 1995. 18-year-old college student receives a letter in the mail, revealing two books he must read prior to attending the freshmen orientation seminar on his first day of college later that month. Young kid says "They're giving me work to do already? WT..." It went something like that. And it wasn't that I didn't want t
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This little book is simply a marvellous miracle of growing up absurd and Hispanic in the Spanish-speaking poor section of the Windy City.

Its warm, uncluttered and sheer heartfelt humanity is a pure delight!

You know, when you’re living on a small fixed income that keeps falling behind with the inflationary times we live with, you cut corners.

You make do with only what you can afford.

And that teaches the narrator’s Dad to be practical and to stick to the tried and true ways of frugal family livin
"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 darkness all their pitiful lives. Echoing the undying optimism even in the most wretched place, Esperanza stands for sunny days, for light and memories.

In the midst of countless insignificant young adult books, The House On Mango Street is an exception. Awe-inspiring writing with a powerful
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Nov 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
May 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Partly biographical, partly fiction, this wonderful book by Sandra Cisneros is an influential coming of age story that is still being used in schools today. Cisneros, born in Chicago in 1954 to Mexican parents, an only girl with 7 brothers, experienced a transient early childhood as the family moved back and forth from Chicago to Mexico. But when she was 11 they settled down and bought a house in the Humboldt Park area of Chicago, predominantly Puerto Rican, and it was from her life experiences ...more
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There's a line in here about linoleum roses and ceilings that look like wedding cakes that has stayed with me for over ten years. I had to read this book in high school and for a long time, I didn't like it because the teacher who taught it to me was a total asshole and he imposed his own white man world view over it. To give you an idea of what this man was like, he would make jokes about AIDS and regale us with stories of public urinat
Mar 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
(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
Dec 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Rose Ann
Jun 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
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, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recs, 2014
A short sequence of colorful vignettes, full of vivid dialogue and striking images, The House on Mango Street tells the coming-of-age tale of its protagonist Esperanza. Written in simple prose that often borders on poetry, the novel takes on difficult subjects such as grief, oppression, poverty, and shame, as well as themes of friendship, family, hope, and joy. Throughout all the novel, though, Esperanza maintains her resilience and grit as she struggles to find a sense of belonging in a neighbo ...more
Easy to read and bite sized vignettes from the distinct viewpoint of a poor immigrant child Esperanza writing in her own style and keeping true to herself and her unique voice. Interesting. Different.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
The House on Mango Street is a 1984 coming-of-age novel by Mexican-American author Sandra Cisneros. It is written from the perspective of teenage Latina, Esperanza Cordero, who struggles with her life in a Chicano and Puerto Rican neighborhood of Chicago. Esperanza wishes to escape her impoverished life in her small red house on Mango Street to then return one day to rescue her loved ones as well. The novel combines old Mexican traditions with modern Ame
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After alllllllllllllllllllllllllll the backlash regarding the release of American Dirt, I stumbled upon this list and pretty much decided . . . . .

I weeded out the poetry because . . . .

As well as most of the nonfiction (for now at least – I’m not a huge nonfiction reader) and went to the library website to see what selections were available. I grabbed several (I’ll get around to reviewing them eventually) and then I saw an ar
Connie G
"The House on Mango Street" is a coming-of-age book about a Mexican-American girl growing up in a Hispanic neighborhood in Chicago. We see Esperanza Cordero's family and neighborhood through the twelve-year-old girl's eyes, told in a series of vignettes. She sees many older women sitting by the windows. They feel trapped by their fathers, their husbands, and the responsibility of children. Others are trapped by their lack of education or inability to speak English. Esperanza is hoping her writin ...more
Jul 23, 2007 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Anca-Daniela Spataru
They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here but are here.

One day I will pack my bags of books and paper. One day I will say goodbye to Mango. I am too strong for her to keep me here forever.
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
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
Chris Friend
Aug 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
"that Guy"
May 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I started reading The House on Mango Street without really researching anything about it. I could really tell that the author is also a poet—the beauty of the language and the descriptions was stunning. If you are looking for something plot-driven, this is not your book. But if you are willing to savour each chapter/vignette for what it is, you will enjoy this artistic little volume.

Each chapter is like a perfectly cut and polished gemstone, offering the reader a peek into the Chicago of the 195
I've spent a long time avoiding this book because it always showed up on summer reading lists and that sort of place. Even though I know a lot of those books are perfectly good, there's something about Assigned School Reading that leaves me with a knee-jerk shudder to this day.

But then Wanda’s review made me curious about it.

This was completely different from any expectation I had. I anticipated a more linear story thread of some sort. But this book is more like a prose poem than anything else
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The House on Mango Street has long been lauded as the classic coming of age story of Esperanza, a young Hispanic girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. This is the story of her neighborhood on Mango Street, a composite of many barrios in which she lived in Chicago and the many experiences she had as well as the people that brought these neighborhoods to life.

This tenth anniversary edition published in 1994 had a beautiful introduction by author Sandra Cisneros in which she relates how
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Audiobook narrated by author, Sandra Cisneros

It appears that before today I had only read a few of the vignettes presented in this text during my public school years. First, I noticed that every teacher(including me) that does any part of this book in their ELA classroom pronounces Mango incorrectly. It's supposed to be "Mawn-Go" not "Mang- Go." I wonder if my grade eight English teacher knows... Second, I had never heard Sandra Cisneros speak before, she certainly has a very youthful voice.
Oct 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommended to Antonomasia by: Catching up on Classics group
Sometimes it looks like a person just read a book at the wrong age. (cf. All those underwhelmed reviews following first-time reads of The Secret History by over-30s.) But I'm not sure there's a time when I would have really loved The House on Mango Street, one of those modern classics that's huge in the USA, including on their school curriculum - and therefore on GR - but which is not as well-known in the UK. I read it mostly to help finish a reading challenge, because it's very short, but I was ...more
“You can never have too much sky. You can fall asleep and wake up drunk on sky and sky can keep you safe when you are sad. Here, there is too much sadness and not enough sky. Butterflies too are few and so are flowers and more things that are beautiful. Still, we take what we can get and make the best of it."

Review in English | Reseña en español (breve)

This book was a beautiful surprise -exquisite, delicate, hard- a quiet gem that is not there for exhibit but if one is lucky enough to find
It says a lot about a book when your favorite part is the author's foreword and I'm not kidding when I say the effort put into those few pages before the actual book starts was more obvious than that given to the stories.
While I appreciate a hearty story about any culture, I can never connect to a plot if it's too jumbled up.
The House on Mango Street is a classic (or so I have heard), based on a teenager living in Mango Street. Her adventures, her dialogue exchange with eccentric characters l
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Sandra Cisneros is internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction and 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 stories, Woman Hollering Cre

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