Review: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango StreetThe House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The House on Mango Street is a quick read revolving around the author, Sandra Cisneros, life on Mango Street, after moving into her family’s first owned, little red, home. The book is certainly a coming-of-age work highlighting a few individual’s lives in heavily Latino populated neighborhoods of Chicago. In short poetic chapters, she narrates her family and neighbors lives, bringing to light some of the more dark experiences including those of manipulation, sexual abuse, and violence. She features predominantly the women of Mango Street in her chapters, patiently observing and reflecting each of these woman’s lives both inside and outside of their homes. She comments on the oppressive nature of Mango Street; how she yearns to get away, embarrassed by her own home’s dilapidated appearance and contrary aesthetics to what her family envisioned, pre-moving in. A message that is made apparent, but that I think is important, is to never forget nor abandon your roots. Return to them every now and then to be with the people who are not able to leave. It is a part of your life that you can’t whisp away and that you shouldn’t, for it made you who you are today.

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