- Capa comum: 128 páginas
- Editora: Vintage Books USA; Edição: Reissue (3 de abril de 1991)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0679734775
- ISBN-13: 978-0679734772
- Dimensões do produto: 13,2 x 1 x 20,3 cm
- Peso de envio: 68 g
- Avaliação média: 2 avaliações de clientes
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The House on Mango Street (Inglês) Capa Comum – 2 abr 1991
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Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn't want to belong--not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.
"Cisneros draws on her rich [Latino] heritage...and seduces with precise, spare prose, creat[ing] unforgettable characters we want to lift off the page. She is not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one." --Bebe Moore Campbell, The New York Times Book Review
"Marvelous...spare yet luminous. The subtle power of Cisneros's storytelling is evident. She communicates all the rapture and rage of growing up in a modern world." --San Francisco Cronicle
"A deeply moving novel...delightful and poignant.... Like the best of poetry, it opens the windows of the heart without a wasted word." --Miami Herald
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One major struggle seen throughout the novella is that of self-definition, as every decision Esperanza makes is underscored by her struggle to define herself. In the beginning of the novel, she desperately tries to escape the identity that has been given to her by her family; she wishes she could “baptize herself under a new name, a name more like the real me, the one nobody sees.” Because Esperanza doesn’t even know who she herself is yet, she tries to forge an identity for herself from everything that she thinks she should be like. One such attempt is her pursuit to try to be like Sally, “the girl with eyes like Egypt and nylons the color of smoke.” However, she soon finds that she is not Sally, and she can’t force herself to be more like her. Ultimately, the subsequent journey of acceptance throughout the novella leads her to discovering how to define herself. She learns to accept where she is from, and even though she knows that “one day [she] will go away,” she will always be the girl from the house on Mango Street.
From her struggle of self-definition to many other issues she faces in the book, Esperanza is a strong and complex heroin to this strong and complex novella. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novella, and I give it four out of five stars. I thought it was a great read, but it did not deeply move me in the way a five star book would.
For instance, Esperanza struts in heels around the street with two other young girls, and is signaled over by a bum. When asked for a kiss, Esperanza is able to avoid the situation. However, when she matures slightly, she is hired at a photography company, and on the first day, makes friends with an old man who says, “it was his birthday and would [she] please give him a birthday kiss. [She} thought [she] would because he was so old and just as [she] was about to put [her] lips on his cheek, he grabs [her] face with both hands and kisses [her] hard on the mouth and doesn't let go.” Her first kiss is by force, and much of her initiation into mature subjects is done similarly in order to highlight the disturbing truth behind young girls growing up in neighborhoods similar to the one of Mango Street. The novel focuses on Esperanza’s hope, as it is her name, and her desire to live in a house and to “be able to point” at it. She does not want the life that her grandmother received: “she looked out the window her whole life, the way so many women sit their sadness on an elbow… Esperanza. [She had] inherited her name, but [she doesn't] want to inherit her place by the window.” Esperanza is unfortunately a very relatable character whose story does not end with the novel; rather, it continues on in modern society, claiming the youth of many other young Latinas.
The House on Mango Street is a coming-of-age story that reveals the harsh reality of living as a young Latina in Chicago, as well as other parts of the world. It provides a beautiful, yet grotesque take on many mature subjects, and deserves to be read. I rate this novel 4.5/5 stars.
Esperanza is a young Latina girl growing up on Chicago. At only 110 pages she expresses happiness and sadness. But she really writes about what freedom means to her and what feeling oppressed is like. 🏡
If you have ever watched the show Jane the Virgin, she is a young Latina writer and I can see some comparisons from the book. Then in season 4 she actually talks about this book and other strong Latina female writers. That is when it reminded me, I needed to read this!