The House on Mango Street – Book Review

Sandra Cisneros’ love of poetry shines through in her novel: The House on Mango Street. Her sparse, beautiful prose conjures up vivid images of life in the Latino section of Chicago. Told from the point of view of Esperanza, a young girl living in the inner city with her family, the novel reveals the harsh realities of the city and the innocent beauty of a child’s perspective. It is a coming of age story, a story about a young girl who dreams one day of a house of her own “quiet as snow, a place for myself to go, clean as paper before the poem.”

A short read that flows easily along and leaves the reader with a sense of hope.

Recommended.

Favorite passages:

She looked out the window her whole life, the way so many women sit their sadness on an elbow. I wonder if she made the best with what she got or was she sorry because she couldn’t be all the things she wanted to be. Esperanza. I have inherited her name, but I don’t want to inherit her place by the window.
-page 11-


All brown all around, we are safe. But watch us drive into a neighborhood of another color and our knees go shakity-shake and our car windows get rolled up tight and our eyes look straight. Yeah. That is how it goes and goes.
-page 28-

You can never have too much sky. You can fall asleep and wake up drunk on sky, and sky can keep you safe when you are sad. Here there is too much sadness and not enough sky. Butterflies too are few and so are flowers and most things that are beautiful. Still, we take what we can get and make the best of it.
-page 33-

6 thoughts on “The House on Mango Street – Book Review

  1. Anonymous

    I loved The House on Mango Street when I read it so many years ago. Your review makes me want to reread it, Wendy!

  2. Anonymous

    Every time I shelved this slim book (when I was working at Borders), I told myself I should get a copy and give it a read. After reading your review, I’m even more convinced it’s one I’d enjoyed. I especially like the passage about the sky. Thanks for a great review.

  3. Anonymous

    Thanks for your nice comment. It is worth the read…and it is so short, that you can read it in a day.

  4. Anonymous

    You picked out some wonderful quotes! What a great book.
    I’d say more, but my darling fluffball Isabel is looking and *speaking* to me with that “it’s 2 minutes to my designated feeding time and you’re NOT MOVING” look. 🙂

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