The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street

Book - 1984
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For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness
Publisher: Houston [Tex.] : Arte Pbublico Press, c1984
ISBN: 9780679734772
Branch Call Number: F CISNE-S
PS3553.I565 H68 1983
Characteristics: 103 p. ; 23 cm


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Sandra Cisneros is Hispanic American.

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TacomaLibrary Jan 11, 2017

For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness.

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Oct 31, 2020

The House on Mango Street is a very well known book that many people have read. The book is made up of a series of vignettes. The main character is Esperanza, who is a young Chicana girl living in Mango Street. In the beginning, Esperanza and her family move into a new house. But it is not like what her parents told her it would be like. It is small, rundown, and old. As the story progresses, Esperanza experiences many new things and learns important lessons. She also learns about who she is, and what defines her. In the beginning, she thinks that her name and where she lives defines who she is. In the end, she gets a better idea/understanding of who she really is. I like this novel because it shows many important lessons in life that everyone should know about.

Age rating: 11+
Star rating: 4.5

Jul 13, 2020

What a beautiful look into the life of a Latina girl growing up in Chicago 40 plus years ago. The vignettes are short, but powerful. We get just enough of a glimpse into each of these moments of Esperanza's life to understand what and who she is talking about, and the emotions associated with it. I finished this short book wanting so much more- and I think that was the point. This was just a taste, a slice of Esperanza's life, the important memories she had growing up on Mango Street. It's a nostalgic, hauntingly atmospheric little book that everyone should read.

debwalker Jan 28, 2020

"I write because the world we live in is a house on fire, and the people we love are burning."

Jul 13, 2019

*2019*. Great Hispanic literature.

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

Beautiful poetry about growing up Hispanic in Urban Chicago.

A story told in vignettes and language that is poetic. This book captures moments from young Esperanza's life, and her neighborhood on Mango Street. Some stories are hopeful and full of joy, while other stories are devastating. The language is poetic, and chapters short. Each chapter provides the reader with a peak into Esperanza's life on Mango Street. A classic!

Jan 22, 2017

I had to read this for school. It's one of the most boring books I've ever read.

Dec 17, 2016

The book is deceptively simple, almost lean, in prose. At times it reads more like poetry. However, as the story progresses we follow a young Chicana as she moves from childhood to adolescence and finds her own voice and her own hope.

Esperanza --Hope-- her voice animates the community in which she lives, the house to which she has never wanted to belong, the world in which she finds herself.

As she does, we hear the voices of those she has returned for in this book: "the ones who cannot out..."

There is wonderful imagery here. Accessible by someone in junior high, it is a meditation on race, class, gender and coming of age for adults of every generation.

May 11, 2016

My very favorite all time books to teach. I taught this every year to my 7th graders. It brings up many issues for tweens. They enjoyed class discussions. I also had them create/paint a giant map with each house in the Mango Street neighborhood, including the people/traits and a quote as an end of the unit project.

LPL_KateG Feb 10, 2016

I especially enjoyed the introduction by the author in this edition. Cisneros has a beautiful, descriptive writing style, and I look forward to exploring more of her writing. This one is suitable for around middle-school and older!

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orange_turtle_200 Jul 15, 2014

The House on Mango Street shows the life of Esperanza a girl who tells the story of her life from different angles. When her family moves to a house on Mango Street, Esperanza wants and hopes for a better house without realizing how great her house is, despite all of the different subjects that come up, such as segregation, a run-down neighborhood, and being poor. Past all of that she has a family that loves her and a house to stay in which is half of what some people have in her neighborhood

Ripa33 Jun 06, 2013

The House on Mango Street is a year in the life of Esperanza, a Chicana who is about twelve years old when the novel begins. During the year, she moves with her family into a house on Mango Street. The house is a huge improvement from the family’s previous apartment, and it is the first home her parents actually own. However, the house is not what Esperanza has dreamed of, because it is run-down and small. The house is in the center of a crowded Latino neighborhood in Chicago, a city where many of the poor areas are racially segregated. Esperanza does not have any privacy, and she resolves that she will someday leave Mango Street and have a house all her own.

Oct 18, 2012

This book is about a strong willed mexican girl, named Esperanza, who lives in the Hispanic district of Chicago. It is vignettes of her life living in her tiny house on Mango Street. Esperanza is slowly finding out who she is throughout the book. She wants to break free of her bubble she is in; move somewhere else and have power. She is only a young girl with a dream of finding a better life.


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