The House on Mango Street MAG

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   InThe House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros defies traditional form and grammar tocreate an honest and passionate work. Her simplicity is beautiful, as are herabundant images and metaphors.

Through the young and imaginative eyes ofthe narrator, Esperanza, Cisneros gives the reader snapshots of a childhood in animpoverished Latino family in Chicago. Each brief passage highlights an incidentor observation in her life, from the childish pleasures of a used bicycle and thecompanionship of neighborhood trees, to the disappointment of moving to MangoStreet and the guilt of losing a relative.

Gifted with effortlessstorytelling ability and poetic sincerity, Cisneros brings together these storieswith their common thread of cultural oppression of women. Esperanza watches asthe women in her life become stuck in hopeless poverty and loneliness due totheir fathers or sweet-talking boyfriends who leave them with too many children.Esperanza sees the young mothers with a baby balanced on each hip, and the oldimmigrant women desperately struggling to maintain their Mexican roots. She vowsto leave Mango Street and work as a writer, but never to forget the women whocould not escape.

Esperanza's growth into a young woman and her desire torise above her beginnings make The House on Mango Street a poignant book forstudents of any culture and background. Its concise prose makes it ideal forreading either in a single evening, or in short sections over a longer period oftime.



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Rocklazy said...
on Oct. 18 2017 at 7:23 pm
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The House on the Mango street by Sandra Cisneros. I was given this book as an assignment to read and review this book. I don't really recommend this book for many reasons and I'll mention why and even talk about the plot it has. It felt like someone's ramblings as they act as a girl named Esperanza. The book itself has many grammar issues, but they may have been done on purpose as many of the characters are children and or have never learned proper grammar in their world. The story is very mundane and negative like as if most of the characters who live on mango street will always be there without hope. The basic plot is that Esperanza moves into mango street with her family and dislikes her new home. She meets many new people on this street who all have their own issues, such as domestic abuse and poverty. I find a lot of these short chapters painfully boring as they never really progress into something more. Sure somethings do change like Sally's chapters but it's never well done in my opinion. Often it is confusing to discern who is talking as many of the conversations don't include quotation marks. The repetition just adds to the confusion and makes it downright annoying. And while some of the chapters included characters I was willing to give chances too, they only stay for one chapter as flat static characters who you don't even remember as they had no impact on the "plot". There was also a couple of disturbing moments in some chapters like an old man kissing Esperanza on the lips. But otherwise if you cut out all the unnecessary chapters and the repetition, you'd find a much much shorter book. All in all, this is a story that could have been so much better but it was written in such a confusing way with the lack of quotation marks (and even periods sometimes) and how unimportant a lot of the characters were that could've been more interesting. I don't recommend getting this book for fun as its so pointless and if you're in my school, you may be forced to read this for an assignment.

blakewelch19 said...
on Sep. 25 2017 at 12:05 am
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The house on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a good book to read if you want to learn what really goes on.I think people should read this from high school age and up because it uses realism to the degree that a lot of books do not go to. It makes a good book to read and be informed about the life these people went through The book is about a girl named Esperanza that moved to mango street from an apartment that had broken pipes. She goes through many experiences meeting friends and learning about her body. She wants to live somewhere better but for now has to live in this bad area. I liked the book although it had very explicit parts in the book. It showed what really happened using realism which a lot of books do not do these days. Other than that it is just a interesting book to read and learn about. But I did not like how parts of the book got boring and did not feel like they had much to do with the overall plot. An example is how Esperanza explained how her mom smelled like bread which has nothing to do with what she goes through. Overall the book was good despite the parts that did not make much sense. I would recommend this book to people from high school age and up as it has details that can be disturbing. The story is good if you can handle what you are reading. Reply

Kaylee_Ward said...
on Sep. 19 2017 at 4:23 pm
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My school made me read this book, I would otherwise not have gotten past the first page, it was so boring. I would call it a circular story but for the fact that it never goes anywhere in the process of getting back to where it started. The book sounds like Cisneros wrote what was published as it came to her, and never looked back to edit; it is filled with little segments that could have made a great background for a story if used as such instead of focused on. The first half sounds like what you would get if you asked a seven year old about there life; there is no unifying theme except for a main character, Esperanza, and there is no plot to speak of. In the second half it becomes evident that Esperanza is more than seven. The second half does, in fact, have many good ideas that could have made the story interesting if they had been more then brushed against for a page or two before she moved on. The carelessness, monotony with which said could have been interesting events were described, did not let me care. If one of these many ideas had been allowed to develop until it was more than an idea, or all of them together, mingled in a way that made them one, then this book could be called a story. If the writer could learn to like the story and care for the character enough to give her character, then it could be called a good story. As it is, I see it only as the diary of a seven year old who says she wants a house all her own more than anything else, but who is not working towards that goal in any way, is discontent with her life, but doesn't try to change it, and thinks herself special because she doesn't like where she's at, knows where she's going, and expects to get there just by wanting. In short, I hated it from beginning to end, and can not for the life of me understand what so many people think is so great about it.

Ginger Diaz said...
on Sep. 13 2017 at 5:30 pm
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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. I think people should read this book because it has a background of a latina life. Nobody really focuses on the mexican lifestyle so it's good to learn other things. Also because the author has a great point of view and it is easy to understand. The two main characters are Esperanza and Sally, they were best friends who lived next to each other in a not so good and some what suspicious neighborhood. What i liked about this book was that it was a fun story to read about. If you love stories about adventures and suspense this is the book for you.

HaleyRiv said...
on Aug. 17 2017 at 6:03 pm
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The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.It is very mind opening to see the way some kids live in this world.It is also a very good book I loved reading the book. It tells to story about the narrator Esperanza and her life. How she doesn’t like living where she lives and how when she grows up she is going to move into a better place. How she wants her own house that she doesn’t want to live in a apartment and be stuck on Mango Street. The one thing I like about this book is how she puts her feelings in the book. I recommend this book because it's’ a very good book.

BBlas said...
on Aug. 17 2017 at 11:23 am
The house on mango street by Sandra Cisneros this book was truly fascinating and mind opening it shows how these kids who have so little can achieve greatness if they strive for it and how even though Esperanza's family is poor she has such great dreams in the story there is a symbol for her dream it's a house because every time she sees a house she imagines herself in it having her own life you should definitely read this masterpiece the writer gives such details in such a small amount of writing it's fantastic

h9743 said...
on Aug. 10 2017 at 11:34 am
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" The House on Mango Street " by Sandra Cisneros is such a great book. It tells the whole life of the narrator, Esperanza, and describes everything so specifically. I suggest people that haven't read the book, you guys need to read it ! The whole nook is about the life of Esperanza and how much she doesn't like how she's living. She doesn't like the house she lives in or the clothes she wears, but the one thing she loves is her family. She wished they had more money, but she really cannot do much. What I like about the book is how she puts her feelings and thoughts into this book so descriptively. In conclusion, if you haven't read this book, you guys really should. Its such an amazing story with the narrator telling her thoughts and feelings into it. Best. book. ever

GrantKG2 said...
on Aug. 3 2017 at 8:01 pm
GrantKG2, Stevenson Ranch, California
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"The House On Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros is a great book. Its about a young girl living on Mango Street. Esperanza comes from a low income family. This place isn't the best place to live. She always tries to have fun. She quickly becomes friends with the fellow neighbors. I think that you guys who are looking for a new book to read i recommend this book.

jose2001 said...
on Aug. 3 2017 at 2:09 pm
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The book, "The House On Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros is a great book, a must read for everyone because it show the life and hard ships of Esperanza, a 12 year old girl living on Mango Street.Mango Street isn't the best place to live, due to it's violence and crime rate, but Esperanza always finds a way to have fun. She envies all thy kids that are out late at night but she also loves the life she has, a happy family that cares and loves her. It gives a realistic feeling and mood on low income families

on Aug. 1 2017 at 5:47 pm
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"The House On Mango Street" written by Sandra Cisneros is a well thought out novel with connections many people make. I believe people should read this novel because it shows the reality of the world and what different parts are like. The novel is about a Mexican girl who had just moved into a new home who thought that it would better than her previous home. She quickly becomes friends with the kids in the neighborhood. They are all going through puberty including the narrator. They always hang out and talk about boys. Esperanza, the narrator is struggling with friendships and herself. She soon thinks about leaving Mango St. forever when she's older. I do recommend this book because it does talk about the reality of ones life in a poor home/area.

neutron said...
on Jul. 25 2017 at 6:27 am
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“The House On Mango Street” written by Sandra Cisneros is an exceptional and outstanding addictive novel. It is about the girl who just moved into a new house better than their previous apartment but not according to girls expectation. Besides dissatisfaction with the house the girl have good time with her new friends that likes to talk about boys. The girls are going through puberty so they like to talk intimate and to be around boys. The girl is struggling with herself and makes new plan to leave house and move somewhere else but the friends and endless adventure forbids her to do so. The novel is a really good material to amuse one self and is different from the other novels. Its diction and vocabulary is simple and understandable which makes the reader understand it easily with less effort. My self who does not enjoy reading novels finds it to be addictive and fascinating.

SchoolWork said...
on Jul. 20 2017 at 3:33 pm
SchoolWork, Lawndale, California
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The novel ”The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros entails the story of a young girl growing in a bad neighborhood with the responsibility of caring for her family. Growing up in Chicago helped the main character, Esperanza, grow as a person. I recommend this book to everyone because it is one of my favorites. This novel is an astonishing piece of art that should be cared for throughout generations, this book gives insight on not only the struggle but also tells us that a bad environment is not an excuse to not obtain academic excellence.This story focuses on a hispanic teenage girl growing up in a bad neighborhood with a girly friend and a serious one. Interacting with the neighborhood itself on a daily basis while trying to achieve academic excellence. It's a very well written and short novel that will throw you inside it and make you feel like you’re part of the story. They go very in depth with every character. For instance,”In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting. It is like the number nine. A muddy color. It is the Mexican records my father plays on Sunday mornings when he is shaving, songs like sobbing.” They even have reasons for each of the characters names. This book has moved me as a person and I honestly believe I have learned so much from this novel that i almost find it incomprehensible for me to learn more from another. I hope others may share my same opinion.

Tiger2020 said...
on Jul. 19 2017 at 7:52 am
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The house on mango street by Sandra Cisneros is a book I think people should read. It tells about the struggles of growing up in a poor neighborhood as a Latina American. The story talks about Esperanza and her family First year of living on mango street in their new house in the city of Chicago in a crowded and poor Latino neighborhood. During the course of the book you will see Esperanza matures as she has her first crush, and begins to write as a way to escape her neighborhood lifestyle. Esperanza learns about boys from a young woman named Marin, to the struggles of the death of her two family members brings her even closer to the adult world. She learns how much her neighbors stuugle as well and she continues to write in hope of in future time she will leave mango street. I really I really liked how the author creates some characters that we can relate to and learn from. I also liked how the author had some strong bond relationships with Esperanza and the other characters. Based on all

gssssss said...
on Apr. 18 2017 at 2:13 pm
The House On Mango street was an interesting book to read, it started slow but had a lot going on towards the end. The book doesn't really hold back when it comes to realism and that's something you can appreciate, an example of this is the abuse Sally went through. Overall i rate the book a 7/10.

Justin333 said...
on Apr. 6 2017 at 9:53 pm
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The house on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a good book to read if you want to learn what really goes on.I think people should read this from high school age and up because it uses realism to the degree that a lot of books do not go to. It makes a good book to read and be informed about the life these people went through The book is about a girl named Esperanza that moved to mango street from an apartment that had broken pipes. She goes through many experiences meeting friends and learning about her body. She wants to live somewhere better but for now has to live in this bad area. I liked the book although it had very explicit parts in the book. It showed what really happened using realism which a lot of books do not do these days. Other than that it is just a interesting book to read and learn about. But I did not like how parts of the book got boring and did not feel like they had much to do with the overall plot. An example is how Esperanza explained how her mom smelled like bread which has nothing to do with what she goes through. Overall the book was good despite the parts that did not make much sense. I would recommend this book to people from high school age and up as it has details that can be disturbing. The story is good if you can handle what you are reading.


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