Thursday, October 15, 2009
"The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros
The House on Mango Street is a story about a girl, Esperanza, who moves a lot. Esperanza's Family, which includes her Mama, Papa, Kiki, Carlos, Nenny, and herself moves into a house of their own. The book tells the story about Esperanza's life on Mango Street.
The different chapters are names that I myself giggled at when I read, like “There was an old woman and she had so many children she didn't know what to do.” There are lots of other neat titles for the chapters.
This book is also very unique in other ways. It seemed to me like each chapter told a different part of Esperanza's life. One chapter told about when she moved to Mango street and told some of the places she lived. It tells about how Esperanza hates her name, and how it was passed down from her Great-Grandmother who was forced to get married and then spent the rest of her life looking out the window. Esperanza states that her name means to many letters, or sadness, like the Mexican records her father plays in the morning, songs like sobbing.
There are other chapters that state interesting things like a girl who sees mice, and a woman who lives in a house, people know she lives there, but she has never been seen. I would recommend this book to someone who likes short stories but like to read.