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READER ´ DOC The House on Mango Street FREE ✓ 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 heartbrAcclaimed 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 w 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 street not far from where my grandmother's family settled when they first came to the United States over half a century earlier than the Cisneros family Recognizing street names and places I felt an instant comradeship with Cisneros Additionally she attended the University of Iowa Writers Workshop where I spent my undergraduate years At the time she was one of two women of color in the program dominated by white men She was viewed as a poet rather than a writer so was not afforded the same opportunities given to her colleagues Yet she found an agent to make the initial contacts for her and has persevered all these years laterA House on Mango Street began to give Latin American women their voice Along with Gloria Andalzua Cherrie Moraga and Denise Chavez Cisneros started a network and these women are now the matriarchs of the amigas who I read now They gave Hispanic women their opportunity to enter into the writing world so that they could begin to tell their stories about their place in the fabric of American society In her Once Upon a uinceanera Julia Alvarez refers to Cisneros and her colleagues as las padrinas the godmothers to these next generations of writers The House on Mango Street in this sense could refer to any Latin American girl who is first coming of age and looking to fulfill the American dream Mango Street poetic in its prose describes Esperanza the oldest child in a Hispanic family who moves from apartment to apartment each year with her family Mango Street is her family's first house and the neighborhood becomes a part of her existence In two to three page vignettes Cisneros poignantly describes Esperanza's adolescent angst Navigating life as one of few Hispanics in her school Esperanza faces pressure at school at home and with her friends Partially autobiographical and part fiction Cisneros employs luscious words to reveal how Esperanza desires to become a writer and leave Mango Street As in her own life her neighborhood will always be part of her no matter how far she goes Only 110 pages in length A House on Mango Street is widely studied in schools as both an example of Hispanic culture and coming of age Cisneros with Mango Street paved the way for generations of Hispanic women writers Her story of Esperanza is poignant poetic and a joy to read I am glad that I finally took the time to read Cisneros and I rate her ground breaking work 45 stars

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Orld The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking sometimes deeply joyous–it i 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 uick as we meet them while others linger throughout the book or pop in here and there It could be a journal if Esperanza were a real girl writing in Chicago But while the vignette style of the book lacks the conventions of short stories or a novel The House on Mango Street shares one thing with those traditional literary fiction forms by the end of the book Esperanza is changed The snapshots she's stepped through and documented on paper have opened her eyes in a new way and she sees new avenues for her future She's transformed from a child to a young adult Each vignette is different and entertaining Some sad some funny some dreamy some fierce I was 16 when my grandmother gave me this book for Christmas and I think it rejuvenated my love for reading books GOOD BOOKS I'd been stuck on novels for school and Mary Higgins Clark since I turned 12 and reading Cisnernos led me to college to study English literature No jokeAlso though I already knew I wanted to be a writer this book opened my eyes to the excitement and versatility of voice in fiction The writer's use of a young first person point of view as the voice through to convey the often difficult unsavory realities in the adult world appealed to me greatly Subseuently I've been drawn to using this style of POV ever since

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The House on Mango StreetS the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago inventing for herself who and what she will become Few other books in our time have touched so many readers Original pub date 1984This 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 descriptiveMy reading of this book actually had some unexpected bonus material I picked my copy up at a library used book sale in Maine and the previous owner appears to have been a slightly dim witted 8th or 9th grader who felt obliged to write inane comments in all the margins When the author describes her annoyance at a tag along little sister who just doesn't get it the margins shout Is Nenny retarded? An odd neighbor gets the same treatment Is Ruthie retarded? By the time we get to the author's lovely description of her own weakness and vulnerability a comparison between her and the skinny trees in front of her house we've graduated to Eating disorder??? Why is she so thin?Sigh Pop psychology has clearly killed future generations' ability to process art RIP intelligent thought