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READ PDF ⚠ The House on Mango Street ¸ 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 In Chicago, Inventing For Herself Who And What She Will Become Few Other Books In Our Time Have Touched So Many Readers 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 neighborhood and society hostile to her existence. 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 later.A 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 Quinceanera, 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 4.5 stars. 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 a few words and pretend to sleep It s routine by now But, to see her reading She looks up at me and there are tears in her eyes Okay, now I m really testing that reality theory Mom, have you ever read The House on Mango Street Huh I look over the book No Never even heard of it A novel of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago Okay assigned to a freshman English class in Northern Vermont Where ethnicity is reserved for the Somalian refugees that pepper Burlington, but hardly touch the suburbs I ll bite I pick it up, it s maybe an hour s read Tops We didn t always live on Mango Street Then, I m lost This is lyrical, this is heart wrenching Words are married, sentences consummated, images borne that my white bread, New England raised mind can t comprehend except on an emotional level I m in loveShe looked out the window her whole life, the way so many women sit their sadness on an elbow 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 Everything is holding its breath inside of me Everything is waiting to explode like Christmas I want to be new and shiny You know what you are Esperanza You are like the Cream of Wheat cereal You re like the lumps But I think diseases have no eyes They pick with a dizzy finger anyone, just anyone There were sunflowers as big as flowers on Mars and thick cockscombs bleeding the deep red fringe of theater curtains There were dizzy bees and bow tied fruit flies turning somersaults and humming in the air Sweet sweet peach trees Thorn roses and thistle and pears Weeds like so many squinty eyed stars and brush that made your ankles itch and itch until you washed with soap and water I m caught in this world that Cisnero s painted for me I m hugging Alice who sees mice and wishing that Sire would hold my hand I m drinking papaya juice with Rafaela and reading Minerva s poems I m hiding from Red Clowns.I m nostalgic for my own childhood For that freedom that kids today cannot relate to They have curfews, and GPS chips in cell phones, and mini LoJacks implanted in their neck What do they know of freedom What do they know about riding their ten speed through dark streets guided by the screams of their friends ahead of them Will they ever hang out in vacant lots with their friend s older brothers who hand them warm beer and try to feel up their shirts Hell no, not on my watch So, thank you, Sandra Cisnero Thanks for giving me back all those summer nightsThey will not know that I have gone away to come back For the ones I ve left behind For the ones who cannot out Book Review4 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 to read, and I was a good student, but seriously I m scared of going off to college and already being told to start doing some work Can t I have some break before I never mind So I read it And wow, it s fantastic A short collection of stories about growing up in Chicago, learning how to live on your own sort of Meeting different people Seeing other sides of life Learning than you thought was out there Embracing change and culture.Oh I get it that s what s about to happen to me Wow nice book Thanks So then I get to the orientation And they want us to discuss it in a random group that was set up So we get put in groups of 6 I m with some weird looking people At 18, I looked about 12 still For some reason, I got stuck with the other 18 year olds who looked 28 I wanted to call them mom and dad But I knew better I kept my mouth shut Sandra Cisneros has just taught me that So I m very shy and don t say a word No one speaks I realize I guess I must say something So I said I liked it a lot Everyone nodded I said something like what did you think I ll save you the drama None of them read it I was the only one who did How embarrassing for them It was so good but I played it cool and described the plot It seemed to open up the conversation, but then we were asked to nominate a leader to step up to the stage and explain your group s understanding of the book Oh you know vengeance some day paybackMy lesson Don t ever read a book again JUST KIDDING You must read this one It s a beautiful story and helps you embrace change and difference And the characters are quite memorable and quirky Quick read Maybe 2 hours You should definitely give it a chanceAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by.