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by Sandra Cisneros

  • Author: Sandra Cisneros
  • ISBN: 0747560870
  • ISBN13: 978-0747560876
  • ePub: 1329 kb | FB2: 1538 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Short Stories & Anthologies
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Ltd (July 19, 2004)
  • Pages: 128
  • Rating: 4.9/5
  • Votes: 266
  • Format: lrf lit doc rtf
The House on Mango Street ePub download

Told in a series of vibrant vignettes, The House On Mango Street is the story of Esperanza Cordera, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago. For Esperanza, Mango Street is a desolate landscape of concrete and run-down tenements where she discovers the hard realities of life - the fetters of class and gender, the spectre of racial enmity and the mysteries of sexuality. Capturing her thoughts and emotions in poems and stories, Esperanza is able to rise above hopelessness and create for herself "a house all of my own quiet as snow, a space for myself to go" in the midst of her oppressive surroundings.
The House on Mango Street is an novella holding a beautiful story of a unique girl told in an intriguing way. The book breaks from standard storytelling procedures and instead tells the story of a young girl, Esperanza, growing up on Mango Street by way of short vignettes. Some heartwarming, some terrifying, these vignettes tell the story of a girl trying to discover who she is and how to live in the world around her.
One major struggle seen throughout the novella is that of self-definition, as every decision Esperanza makes is underscored by her struggle to define herself. In the beginning of the novel, she desperately tries to escape the identity that has been given to her by her family; she wishes she could “baptize herself under a new name, a name more like the real me, the one nobody sees.” Because Esperanza doesn’t even know who she herself is yet, she tries to forge an identity for herself from everything that she thinks she should be like. One such attempt is her pursuit to try to be like Sally, “the girl with eyes like Egypt and nylons the color of smoke.” However, she soon finds that she is not Sally, and she can’t force herself to be more like her. Ultimately, the subsequent journey of acceptance throughout the novella leads her to discovering how to define herself. She learns to accept where she is from, and even though she knows that “one day [she] will go away,” she will always be the girl from the house on Mango Street.
From her struggle of self-definition to many other issues she faces in the book, Esperanza is a strong and complex heroin to this strong and complex novella. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novella, and I give it four out of five stars. I thought it was a great read, but it did not deeply move me in the way a five star book would.
Recently, I had the pleasure of reading The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros. The fictional novel follows the childhood of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina living in a neighborhood in Chicago. The novel is full of vignettes, each one describing a separate situation that Esperanza goes through. From shamefully eating a rice cake alone in the cantina at her private school, to driving in a stolen car, to being catcalled for wearing heels at a very young age, to having her sister marry in eighth grade, Esperanza’s childhood is a frenzy of forcefully having to mature.
For instance, Esperanza struts in heels around the street with two other young girls, and is signaled over by a bum. When asked for a kiss, Esperanza is able to avoid the situation. However, when she matures slightly, she is hired at a photography company, and on the first day, makes friends with an old man who says, “it was his birthday and would [she] please give him a birthday kiss. [She} thought [she] would because he was so old and just as [she] was about to put [her] lips on his cheek, he grabs [her] face with both hands and kisses [her] hard on the mouth and doesn't let go.” Her first kiss is by force, and much of her initiation into mature subjects is done similarly in order to highlight the disturbing truth behind young girls growing up in neighborhoods similar to the one of Mango Street. The novel focuses on Esperanza’s hope, as it is her name, and her desire to live in a house and to “be able to point” at it. She does not want the life that her grandmother received: “she looked out the window her whole life, the way so many women sit their sadness on an elbow… Esperanza. [She had] inherited her name, but [she doesn't] want to inherit her place by the window.” Esperanza is unfortunately a very relatable character whose story does not end with the novel; rather, it continues on in modern society, claiming the youth of many other young Latinas.
The House on Mango Street is a coming-of-age story that reveals the harsh reality of living as a young Latina in Chicago, as well as other parts of the world. It provides a beautiful, yet grotesque take on many mature subjects, and deserves to be read. I rate this novel 4.5/5 stars.
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I was surprised I had never read The House on Mango Street since it has been on so many required reading lists! Told from the point of view of a young girl, in short vignettes, is an interesting way to learn about her world. If you haven’t read it, add it to your list and if you haven’t read it since you were a kid, reread it! The stories will be a little different this time, your point of view as an adult will look at her stories differently!

Esperanza is a young Latina girl growing up on Chicago. At only 110 pages she expresses happiness and sadness. But she really writes about what freedom means to her and what feeling oppressed is like. ????

If you have ever watched the show Jane the Virgin, she is a young Latina writer and I can see some comparisons from the book. Then in season 4 she actually talks about this book and other strong Latina female writers. That is when it reminded me, I needed to read this!
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