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The House on Mango Street (Vintage Contemporaries)

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ISBN13: 9780679734772
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Told in a series of vignettes stunning for their eloquence, The House on Mango Street is Sandra Cisneros's greatly admired novel of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Acclaimed by critics, beloved by children, their parents and grandparents, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, it has entered the canon of coming-of-age classics.

Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn't want to belong — not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.

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"Cisneros draws on her rich heritage...and seduces with precise, spare prose, creat[ing] unforgettable characters...She is not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one." New York Times Book Review

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"Marvelous...spare yet luminous. The subtle power of Cisneros's storytelling is evident. She comunicates all the rapture and rage of growing up in a modern world." San Francisco Chronicle

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"A deeply moving novel...delightful and poignant...Like the best of poetry, it opens the windows of the heart without a wasted word." Miami Herald

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"Sandra Cisneros is one of the most brillant of today's young writers. Her work is sensitive, alert, nuanceful...rich with music and picture." Gwendolyn Brooks

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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.

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Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, and the recipient of numerous awards, Cisneros is also the author of Woman Hollering Creed and Other Stories and two collections of poetry: My Wicked, Wicked Ways, and Loose Woman.

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Jordan Mierek, June 2, 2011 (view all comments by Jordan Mierek)
I was assigned to read this story for my ethnic fiction class. After the first few pages, I recalled reading it back in high school for an English class. Just goes to show how often this book is used in educational settings.

Some of the story sections are hard to follow because they are written from a child's point of view, but by the end of the book, everything comes together smoothly to show a girl's coming-of-age.
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Jan Priddy, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Jan Priddy)
THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros. First published in 1984, 100 years after Twain's HUCK FINN, it is another American classic. I've used it for high school classes, but the poetry and subtext work better with older students who take the time to consider what Cisneros has to say on many levels. Some of my students love it, some do not. I think it's one of those books that might come back to you and come back and come back—more to it as you go along. I read this book the first time 20 years ago and have read it several times since. There is more to it every time.
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AledaZ, January 12, 2007 (view all comments by AledaZ)
Sandra Cisnero almost seems to create here own genre of writing that borders between poetry and short stories. She has touched on the true observation of life through a child's eyes. Her ability to bring forth a genuine sense of Hispanic life in Chicago during the 70's and 80's is remarkable.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679734772
Author:
Cisneros, Sandra
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Various
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Adolescence
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Mexican americans
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Chicago
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.)
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Literature, Modern
Subject:
Illinois
Subject:
Chicago (Ill.) Fiction.
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;chicago;short stories;coming of age;latino;vignettes;novel;hispanic;young adult;literature;ya;women;20th century;family;american;mexican americans;latina;poverty;realistic fiction;poetry;multicultural;contemporary;contemporary fiction;american lit
Subject:
fiction;chicago;short stories;coming of age;latino;vignettes;novel;hispanic;young adult;literature;ya;women;20th century;family;poverty;latina;american;mexican americans;poetry;realistic fiction;multicultural;girls;american literature;contemporary;mexican
Subject:
fiction;chicago;short stories;coming of age;latino;vignettes;novel;hispanic;young adult;literature;ya;women;20th century;family;poverty;latina;american;mexican americans;poetry;realistic fiction;multicultural;girls;american literature;contemporary;mexican
Subject:
fiction;chicago;short stories;coming of age;latino;vignettes;novel;hispanic;young adult;literature;ya;women;20th century;family;poverty;latina;american;mexican americans;poetry;realistic fiction;multicultural;girls;american literature;contemporary;mexican
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries (Paperback)
Series Volume:
no.62
Publication Date:
19910431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
12 x 9 x 5 in 9.77 lb

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Product details 144 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679734772 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Cisneros draws on her rich heritage...and seduces with precise, spare prose, creat[ing] unforgettable characters...She is not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one."
"Review" by , "Marvelous...spare yet luminous. The subtle power of Cisneros's storytelling is evident. She comunicates all the rapture and rage of growing up in a modern world."
"Review" by , "A deeply moving novel...delightful and poignant...Like the best of poetry, it opens the windows of the heart without a wasted word."
"Review" by , "Sandra Cisneros is one of the most brillant of today's young writers. Her work is sensitive, alert, nuanceful...rich with music and picture."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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