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Elogiado por la crítica, admirado por lectores de todas las edades, en escuelas y universidades de todo el país y traducido a una multitud de idiomas, La casa en Mango Street es la extraordinaria historia de Esperanza Cordero. Contado a través de una serie de viñetas —a veces desgarradoras, a veces profundamente alegres— es el relato de una niña latina que crece en un barrio de Chicago, inventando por sí misma en qué y en quién se convertirá. Pocos libros de nuestra era han conmovido a tantos lectores.
Published: Random House Publishing Group on Apr 30, 1989
ISBN: 9780345807205
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Do I really need to tell you about this book? Do you really need to know anything more than that this book is about a lovely young Hispanic girl, Esperanza Cordero, who is growing up in a little neighborhood in Chicago? Maybe I might add that it’s a book of little stories about her growing-up years and her neighbors and her family? And maybe you will want to know that the writing is beautiful and thoughtful and painful and jubilant?Anything else? Maybe you should know that this is one of those books that reads like little poems of stories?I guess I should tell you that I think you must read it. Whoever you are. It’s a must-read kind of book. It really is. And it’s not long. So go ahead and find a copy and read it. Today, I think.read more
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I can't even begin to explain this book.I had to read it as part of a class assignment and i had been told it was a really good book, but after having read it im not so sure i agree with that opinion.The story in itself is good but the way the story was told was what i didn't like. It felt like i was reading some sort of journal, the kind in which you just jot down the first thing that comes to mind about certain experiences or your first thoughts on a person. At times, this was a good thing because most of the characters, with the exception of Esperanza (who was the main character and the one telling the story)just come and go. It seems that only three to four characters were really present throughout the story. However as i am writing this, i can't help but think that maybe it was done with the purpose of showing how people come and go in our lives, or in this case, Esperanza's life.Still, in my opinion, it was a bit hard to understand. Maybe if i read it a second or third time i might get a different understanding and even change my review. But for the meantime, i'll leave it at that.read more
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Characters: Esperanza, Rachel. Lucy, Sally, Nenny, Marin, Papa, Mama, Alicia, Cathy, Alicia, Cathy, Carlos, Kiki, Louie, Vargas Kids, Ruthie, Aunt Lupe, The three sisters, Tito, Minerva, RafaelaSetting: House in the inner cityTheme: the power of language Genre: Coming of ageSummary: Esperanza always had the image of a perfect home in her head but when her parents moved to a house of Mango Street, it was far from what she had in mind. She feel trapped and fears she will end up like Rosa Vargas, with too many children and no one to help her. The book follows Esperanza into puberty, traumatic experiences and her observation of women in her neighborhood. She then decided that she will never fully leave Mango Street behind and will return to help the people she leaves behind. Audience: Youth Curriculum: Latino experiencePersonal Response: I really enjoyed the use of vignettes. I remember reading this book in middle school or high school but couldn’t remember the details. It was an easy read and would entertain any level reader. Esperanza truly lives up to the meaning of her name, as she never gives up hope for a better life. I believe this is a story that can inspire students to aspire for more.read more
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Do I really need to tell you about this book? Do you really need to know anything more than that this book is about a lovely young Hispanic girl, Esperanza Cordero, who is growing up in a little neighborhood in Chicago? Maybe I might add that it’s a book of little stories about her growing-up years and her neighbors and her family? And maybe you will want to know that the writing is beautiful and thoughtful and painful and jubilant?Anything else? Maybe you should know that this is one of those books that reads like little poems of stories?I guess I should tell you that I think you must read it. Whoever you are. It’s a must-read kind of book. It really is. And it’s not long. So go ahead and find a copy and read it. Today, I think.
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I can't even begin to explain this book.I had to read it as part of a class assignment and i had been told it was a really good book, but after having read it im not so sure i agree with that opinion.The story in itself is good but the way the story was told was what i didn't like. It felt like i was reading some sort of journal, the kind in which you just jot down the first thing that comes to mind about certain experiences or your first thoughts on a person. At times, this was a good thing because most of the characters, with the exception of Esperanza (who was the main character and the one telling the story)just come and go. It seems that only three to four characters were really present throughout the story. However as i am writing this, i can't help but think that maybe it was done with the purpose of showing how people come and go in our lives, or in this case, Esperanza's life.Still, in my opinion, it was a bit hard to understand. Maybe if i read it a second or third time i might get a different understanding and even change my review. But for the meantime, i'll leave it at that.
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Characters: Esperanza, Rachel. Lucy, Sally, Nenny, Marin, Papa, Mama, Alicia, Cathy, Alicia, Cathy, Carlos, Kiki, Louie, Vargas Kids, Ruthie, Aunt Lupe, The three sisters, Tito, Minerva, RafaelaSetting: House in the inner cityTheme: the power of language Genre: Coming of ageSummary: Esperanza always had the image of a perfect home in her head but when her parents moved to a house of Mango Street, it was far from what she had in mind. She feel trapped and fears she will end up like Rosa Vargas, with too many children and no one to help her. The book follows Esperanza into puberty, traumatic experiences and her observation of women in her neighborhood. She then decided that she will never fully leave Mango Street behind and will return to help the people she leaves behind. Audience: Youth Curriculum: Latino experiencePersonal Response: I really enjoyed the use of vignettes. I remember reading this book in middle school or high school but couldn’t remember the details. It was an easy read and would entertain any level reader. Esperanza truly lives up to the meaning of her name, as she never gives up hope for a better life. I believe this is a story that can inspire students to aspire for more.
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"The House on Mango Street", by Sandra Cisneros was in my opinion one of the most influential books that I have ever read before. Although the easy read and simple structured language did startle me at first, I was able to then find and concentrate on the beauty within the book. Esperanza's narrations within the story portray many messages and themes that I am able to relate to myself. This made the book much more enjoyable as well as intriguing.
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I read this to fulfill an assignment to read a banned or challenged book. I'm not really sure why this was challenged. Chicago in the 1950's is tough for minorities. This short book of vignettes tells of poverty and struggle from the view of a young hispanic girl. It was written by the author using experiences from her own life and the lives of acquaintances.
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The House on Mango Street was a great book if you would like to read a quick, short,and enjoyable book. It is also a very empowering and inspiring novel. I did not enjoy the format of the book as it is made up of multiple very short chapters which are not connected to the others besides the fact that they all are about Esperanza and her life on Mango street. However if you want to just flip to a chapter or read a short story, instead of a long flowing novel, this book would be great. It is also a good read for everyone, especially young people who can connect to the main character Esperanza. The book will also make you rethink things in your own life as you read about Esperanza's.
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