Throwback Classic: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

houseonmangoThe House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

I was first introduced to this book in college while I was taking one of my English education classes.  It was a book everyone seemed to know about except for me, and honestly, it was a little embarrassing. But whatever. It’s impossible to know every book.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, here’s the book description from Amazon:

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.

One of the things I remember most about this book is the writing style. AS the description says, it’s told in a series of vignettes. Because of this, it felt so much different from the books I normally read. Stylistically, it’s beautiful. The language is beautiful and poetic and yet still simple. And this might be weird to say, but I love how it sounds.

It’s also an interesting glimpse into a young girl’s life. Esperanza experiences things we can all relate to, but she also experiences things that I couldn’t relate to. But isn’t that the point of reading? Anyway, if you’re looking for something short but still beautiful, this is a book I would consider picking up. It’s different, it’s interesting, and it’s lovely.

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