La casa en Mango Street (The House on Mango Street)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
La Casa en Mango Street ha dado voz a todos los que hemos hecho de Estados Unidos nuestra casa, pero sin olvidar de donde venimos… un libro inolvidable e indispensable".
—Jorge Ramos

“Un clásico… Una de las raíces principales del gran florecimiento de la literatura hispana en Estados Unidos. Esta pequeña obra se ha labrado a sí misma un gran espacio en la estantería de la literatura de Estados Unidos”.
—Julia Álvarez

“Cisneros ha sabido explotar su rica herencia [hispana]… y nos seduce con su prosa sobria y precisa, y con la creación de personajes inolvidables que querríamos hurtar a sus páginas. Cisneros no sólo es una escritora talentosa sino absolutamente esencial”.
The New York Times Book Review

“Profundamente conmovedora...encantadora y tierna.... Como la mejor poesía, abre las ventanas del corazón sin una palabra malgastada.”
Miami Herald

“Sandra Cisneros sabe que el corazón se puede romper, y que también puede alzarse y volar como un pájaro. Cualquier historia que ella decida relatarnos, debamos de seguir escuchándola por mucho tiempo.”
Washington Post Book World

“Poética y perspicaz...la prosa fragmentada de Cisneros evoca los sueños y las memorias de sus personajes —y es testigo de su extraordinario talento.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679755265
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Vintage Espanol Series
  • Edition description: Spanish Language Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 58,307
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros nació en Chicago en 1954. Reconocida a nivel internacional por su poesía y su ficción y recipiente de numerosos premios literarios, Cisneros es la autora de los libros Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories, My Wicked Ways y Loose Woman. Cisneros vive en San Antonio, Texas, y está escribiendo otra novela.Elena Poniatowska nació en Paris en 1933 y es hoy una de las más destacadas figures literarias de México. Novelista, ensayista y periodista, fue la primera mujer en ganar el prestigioso Premio Nacional de Periodismo. Es la autora de Hasta no verte Jesús mío, La noche de Tlatelolco (publicado en los Estados Unidos bajo el título Massacre in Mexico), Fuerte es el silencio, Tinísima y Querido Diego, te abraza Quiela (publicado en los Estados Unidos bajo el título Dear Diego). Vive en la Ciudad de México.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2006

    The House On Mango Street

    I didn't like this book. This book was the worst book Ihave ever read. The book was about nothing. There was no plot to the story at all.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2006

    Una vida entera en pocas palabras!

    Si deciendes de una clase pobre y eres Hispano, te aseguro que conoces a muchos de los personajes en este libro. Es una lectura maravillosa sin malgasto de palabras.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2003

    An absolute JOY to Read!

    This book is simply a joy to read. You feel as though you're experiencing everything that Esperanza is experiencing. Sandra Cisneros is a marvelous novelist (as she is a poet) and all of her talent comes rushing through in this novel. Once you begin reading, you will not be able to stop!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2002

    Muy Bien

    I loved this book from the moment I read the first page. I could relate to it on so many levels. I read it in Spanish first and then in English, and I can truely say that it is one of my favorite books ever. Esperanza's experience were so real. I could relate being of Latin American decent. It is a very heartwarming book. If you want a good read, pick this book up, whether you read it in Spanish or English you will get the full affect.

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