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Sandra Cisneros

Autor(a) de The House on Mango Street

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About the Author

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 20, 1954. She received a B.A. in English from Loyola University of Chicago in 1976 and a M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Iowa in 1978. She has worked as a college recruiter, an arts administrator, a teacher to high school mostrar mais dropouts, and a poet. She has also visited numerous colleges around the country as a visiting writer. She has written numerous books including The House on Mango Street, Caramelo, Loose Woman, Have You Seen Marie?, and A House of My Own: Stories from My Life. She has received numerous awards including the MacArthur Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Lannan Literary Award, the American Book Award, and the Thomas Wolfe Prize. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Sandra Cisneros

Associated Works

The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contribuinte — 1,136 cópias
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (1992) — Contribuinte — 756 cópias
The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books (1997) — Contribuinte — 305 cópias
Cool Salsa (1994) — Contribuinte — 302 cópias
We Are the Stories We Tell (1990) — Contribuinte — 196 cópias
This Is My Best: Great Writers Share Their Favorite Work (2004) — Contribuinte — 161 cópias
Granta 108: Chicago (2009) — Contribuinte — 142 cópias
Growing Up Latino: Memoirs and Stories (1993) — Contribuinte — 130 cópias
Leaving Home: Stories (1997) — Contribuinte — 117 cópias
The Penguin Book of International Women's Stories (1996) — Contribuinte — 114 cópias
Goddess of the Americas (1996) — Contribuinte — 102 cópias
Who Do You Think You Are?: Stories of Friends and Enemies (1993) — Contribuinte — 94 cópias
Calling Home: Working-Class Women's Writings (1990) — Contribuinte — 72 cópias
Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature (1993) — Contribuinte — 67 cópias
American Christmas Stories (2021) — Contribuinte — 62 cópias
The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story (2021) — Contribuinte — 56 cópias
Chicago Noir: The Classics (2015) — Contribuinte — 52 cópias
What’s Language Got to Do with It? (2005) — Contribuinte — 51 cópias
The Seasons of Women: An Anthology (1995) — Contribuinte — 46 cópias
Prejudice: A Story Collection (1995) — Contribuinte — 42 cópias
Voices in First Person: Reflections on Latino Identity (2008) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
The Signet Book of American Essays (2006) — Contribuinte — 36 cópias
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias
Floricanto Si!: U.S. Latina Poetry (1998) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
Stumbling and Raging (2005) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
Mirrors Beneath the Earth: Short Fiction by Chicano Writers (1995) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
Twentieth-Century American Short Stories: An Anthology (1975) — Contribuinte — 17 cópias
20th Century American Short Stories, Volume 1 (1995) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias
Grand Street 36 (1990) (1990) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
The Art of Life: An Anthology of Literature about Life and Work (1997) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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"The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros is a poignant collection of vignettes that beautifully captures the essence of growing up in a Latino neighborhood. The prose is lyrical and evocative, making the reader feel the emotions and struggles of the protagonist, Esperanza.

However, the fragmented narrative style, while unique, can sometimes be disjointed and make it challenging to fully connect with the story. Some readers may find the lack of a traditional plot structure a bit unsatisfying. Despite this, the book offers important insights into cultural identity and the complexities of finding one's place in the world.

Overall, it’s a thoughtful read with both strengths and weaknesses. Recommended for those interested in diverse perspectives and poetic storytelling.
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ninawalker | outras 230 resenhas | May 23, 2024 |
Wanting to finish [b:A House of My Own: Stories from My Life|25614824|A House of My Own Stories from My Life|Sandra Cisneros|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1436979577l/25614824._SX50_.jpg|45028633] which has been on my currently reading list for a year and a half, I read all morning with pleasure. The delay was because it's a book to savor, each essay or talk dealing with a different topic but centered around writing, creativity, feminism and [a:Sandra Cisneros|13234|Sandra Cisneros|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1342038396p2/13234.jpg]'s seeking and finding "a room of one's own" be it in Chicago, San Antonio or Mexico. She entertains with stories of her parents, her six brothers, aunts and uncles, five dogs. She honors artists, musicians and writers. At some point in my own misspent life, I decided to collect only hardback books and got rid of many worthy paperbacks so now I reach for her treasured reading such as [b:The Time of the Doves|232937|The Time of the Doves|Mercè Rodoreda|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1388862060l/232937._SY75_.jpg|225621], [b:Canek|1734581|Canek|Ermilo Abreu Gómez|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1348121644l/1734581._SY75_.jpg|1732069] or [b:Days and Nights of Love and War|218181|Days and Nights of Love and War|Eduardo Galeano|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1386914579l/218181._SY75_.jpg|33077], these titles are not there and need to be bought again because oddly enough the library doesn't have them. Cisneros' reviews of these authors and visits to their homes or graves are inspiring and richly described as in [b:Camellia Street|232940|Camellia Street|Mercè Rodoreda|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1172956157l/232940._SY75_.jpg|422965] in Barcelona where "the buildings are boxlike and ugly; walls a nubby gray like a dirty wool sweater" and there are no camellias. The plaza is "bald as a knuckle" "air throbbing with children, motorbikes, goofy teenagers hitting and then hugging each other, schoolgirls on the brink of brilliant catastrophes." When describing her attraction to Rodoreda and her work, Cisneros says "I fumble about like one of Rodoreda's characters, as clumsy with words as a carpenter threading a needle."

Her teenage discovery of sex yields "new discoveries in its depths: And, like writing, for a slip of a moment it could be spiritual, the cosmos pivoting on a pin, could empty and fill you all at once like a Ganges, a Piazzolla tango, a tulip bending in the wind. I was nothing, and I was everything in the universe little and large--twig, cloud, sky. How had this incredible energy been denied me!"

She travels to Greece, Yugoslavia, Spain, Mexico, France, Italy and in everything she writes about her poetic skill awes me. Books by poets have a special place in my pantheon as do talks about reading and authors.
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featherbooks | outras 5 resenhas | May 7, 2024 |
I love the writing style, and how it's told in vignettes.
Dances_with_Words | outras 230 resenhas | Jan 6, 2024 |
In The House on Mango Street, author Sandra Cisneros creates a tender and touching coming-of-age tale focused on Esperanza Cordero, a young Hispanic girl growing up in an impoverished, mixed-race neighborhood in Chicago. Billed as a novel, the book is really a collection of more than forty linked episodes, all told through Esperanza’s eyes as she tries to figure out the world around her while moving—reluctantly most days, it seems—from childhood to womanhood. All those tales are quite short, seldom more than a few pages in length, and each captures a specific moment in Esperanza’s upbringing or myriad relationships with friends and family that serves to underscore the book’s main themes of culture differences, wealth disparities, and gender roles.

This is a beautifully written story that reads as much like a prose poem as a traditional narrative. That is not all that surprising; in the version I read (i.e., the 25th anniversary edition), Cisneros includes an enlightening Introduction detailing the book’s origins dating to her time in a graduate writing program when she was struggling with the decision to move from writing poetry to producing short fiction. At times, it felt like the author must have been midway through that transition when she finished The House on Mango Street, which certainly produced an effective result. It was also clear from the Introduction that much of the story is autobiographical, based on Cisneros’ own experiences growing up in Chicago as part of a Hispanic family that struggled economically at times.

The choice to relate events entirely from Esperanza’s perspective was interesting, but one that led to a mixed outcome for me. I like first-person narration because, if you are going to encounter an unreliable narrator, that is the way the story needs to be told. And, without question, Esperanza is an unreliable narrator, not because she is deceitful or hiding a terrible secret, but simply because her age and lack of experience do not always allow her to perceive things the way they are. However, that limited perspective, while great for a story about growing up, also led to a very slight tale in which not a lot happens. Essentially, what we get amounts to a few months in the life of a young girl for whom Mango Street symbolizes who she is but also a place she desperately wants to leave. Overall, this is a poignant story that is well worth the brief amount of time it demands of the reader.
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browner56 | outras 230 resenhas | Jan 1, 2024 |



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