- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (19 July 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747560870
- ISBN-13: 978-0747560876
- Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The House on Mango Street Paperback – 19 Jul 2004
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the voice is unmistakable' -- Independent
Cisneros writes from the heart of a child bluntly and truthfully Everyone needs this book -- Los Angeles Times
She is not only a gifted writer but an absolutely essential one -- New York Times Book Review
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Maintaining a childish innocence, Esperanza's first person account reveals her growing awareness of alternatives to her Mango Street existence. She is saddened that her friend Sally, an abused child, never escapes, marrying very early ("in a state where children can marry before they have finished eighth grade"). Alicia, an older, highly motivated friend, however, works to achieve an education and spends long hours traveling to and from school so that she can move beyond Mango Street. Her prescient Aunt Lupe tells Esperanza to "Keep writing. It will keep you free," and a psychic tells her that she must work hard and write so that she can "come back for those who cannot make it out on their own."
Dealing with everyday issues of maturity, a growing awareness of her own sexuality, and her resentment of a world which does not value women, Esperanza is an astute observer, telling stories filled with the humor, wonder, and sometimes heartbreak.Read more ›
I don't mind the fact that the scenes seemed to be a little disconnected and random, and I don't mind the format of the book either - which is written in a series of vignettes. The style is poetic and is filled with strong and beautiful imagery - making it quite the visual book actually.
My problem with it lies in the fact that it was quite overhyped for me. Meaning, I expected a lot more from the book than I actually got, and that seems to be a typical scenario with books that get lower ratings than deserved - expectations.
I won't go into what the story is about because all other reviewers have done so - all you need to know is that it is a series of moments from Esperanza's life. Esperanza being a latino girl who lives with her family in America and who conveys some of her experiences in growing up as a Mexican American girl.
Unfortunately, even though we meet a lot of seemingly interesting characters in Esperanza's life, we never do get a clear fair chance at getting to know them better. The story lacks character depth, and a clear path. I often found myself daydreaming and losing focus as I go into paragraphs of flowery descriptions and wordy imagery.
That being said, the book is a quick light read for someone looking for an easy weekend book or a before going to sleep book.
As reviewer William Capodanno put it brilliantly and accurately: "After I finished the book, I felt like I do after having a meal at a restaurant where the appetizer is delicious and then you get just an average entree. Cisneros whets your appetite but leaves you disappointment with your whole experience."
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This is meant to be a modern classic, but I found it almost unberably dreary. A lot of unconnected scenes - vignettes, if you want to be pretentious - that don't add up to much. Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2010 by The Green Man
People are scarred to go down Mango Street, the run down nieghborhood subject to much shame. Esperanza will captivate you as she displays the truth of the lower class Latino... Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2001