El arroyo de la llorona y otros cuentos (Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories)

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La gran aclamada colección de cuentos de la autora de La casa en Mango Street está ahora disponible en edición en español. El arroyo de la llorona y otros cuentos le da vida a una asombrosa variedad de personajes y, como La casa en Mango Street, promete convertirse en un libro apreciado por lectores alrededor del mundo.  

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Overview

La gran aclamada colección de cuentos de la autora de La casa en Mango Street está ahora disponible en edición en español. El arroyo de la llorona y otros cuentos le da vida a una asombrosa variedad de personajes y, como La casa en Mango Street, promete convertirse en un libro apreciado por lectores alrededor del mundo.  

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A little girl revealing secrets as only a child can; a witch flies at dawn over a small townthese are just two of the scenarios presented by Cisneros in this collection of short stories. A writer of vivid imagination, with a very acute sense of mysticism and a witty poetic style, Cisneros not only entertains but leaves a lasting impression. A key work from a major Hispanic American writer; recommended for public libraries.Jose M. Fornes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679768043
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Vintage Espanol Series
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 616,527
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros nació en Chicago en 1954. Reconocida a nivel internacional por su poesía y su ficción, Cisneros ha sido galardonada con numerosos premios literarios, incluyendo el Lannan Literary Award y el American Book Award. Cisneros es la autora de las novelas La casa en Mango Street (The House on Mango Street) y Caramelo; la colección de cuentos El arroyo de la llorona y otros cuentos (Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories); los libros de poesía My Wicked, Wicked Ways y Loose Woman; y el libro para niños Hairs/Pelitos. Cisneros vive en San Antonio, Texas.
 
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Biography

Sandra Cisneros' first novel, The House on Mango Street, brought an entirely new voice to American literature, describing the experience of narrator Esperanza Cordero, a Mexican American girl living a hardscrabble existence in Chicago. As Bebe Moore Campbell put it, in the New York Times Book Review: "She is not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one."

The book bore the author's powerful descriptive talents: Comparing her house on Mango Street with the "real house" her parents had promised her, Esperanza notes, "The house on Mango street is not the way they told it at all. It's small and red with tight steps in front and windows so small you'd think they were holding their breath."

Cisneros, who grew up in Chicago as the only daughter in a family of seven children, attended college on scholarship and was an ethnic anomaly as a graduate student at University of Iowa's renowned Writers' Workshop. There is a lyric quality to Cisneros' work that makes sense, given her alternate life as a poet who has published several volumes of poetry (two, 1980's Bad Boys and 1985's The Rodrigo Poems, are no longer in print).

As a poet, Cisneros has a staccato, highly evocative style. From "A Few Items to Consider," for example: "First there is the scent of barley/to remember. Barley and rain./The smooth terrain to recollect and savor./Unforgiving whiteness of the room./Ambiguity of linen. Purity./Mute and still as photographs on the moon." Cisneros suffuses her poetry and fiction with healthy dose of Spanish and a feminine sensibility, female narrators who remember everything and for whom no detail or sensation is too small. Paragraphs are often punctuated by lists and five-word snapshots. As Cisneros herself has said, she is a miniaturist.

Her poetry and a 1991 collection of stories, Woman Hollering Creek, would have to tide fans over until the long-awaited release of her second novel, 2002's Caramelo. Like her first novel, the story is narrated by a Mexican-American girl; but the scope is a broader one, covering generations of a family as viewed through a cherished caramelo rebozo, or striped traditional shawl, which has been passed down through generations to the book's heroine.

Caramelo has a comical and occasionally unconventional spirit to it, as when one of the characters in the story breaks in to complain about how she is being portrayed. The novel began as an exploration of her own family, and the connection to Cisneros' own life is evident. Here as in other work, Cisneros fills in the gaps between Mexico and the U.S., personal myth and reality.

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    1. Hometown:
      San Antonio, Texas
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 20, 1954
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A., Loyola University, 1976; M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1978

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    The other people who reviewed this book are nuts! It's a collec

    The other people who reviewed this book are nuts! It's a collection of short stories. They obviously do not live anywhere close to the Southwest. It is a wonderful book -- both the English and Spanish versions. If you are at all familiar with the life experiences of Mexican Americans, and perhaps more specifically those who live in Texas, then you will LOVE this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2003

    Confused reader

    I found this book to be extremely confusing and difficult to follow. There did not really seem to be any underlying themes at all. The stories did not flow together and I just found it confusing. The book was entertaining; however, it just did not make any sence as to why the stories were put together the way that they were. On the other hand I may have just interpreted the book incorrectly.

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