Monday, May 25, 2009

The House on Mango Street Review

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is unlike most of my usual reads. Comprised of short, unconnected vignettes about a young Hispanic girl becoming a young woman, it was a little hard to follow.

Each chapter granted a quick glimpse into various worries in Esperanza's mind. From her hair to her neighbors to the hardships of living in the slums of town where her nationality is a burden, the book covers many topics.

For me, one who likes a solid story line and a happy ending, this work left me slightly unfulfilled. However, the book did provide an excellent view into the life of a typical young girl of a different cultural and racial background and ended with a sense of hope for a better future.

This quick read would benefit someone who wants insight into a different culture, but I would not recommend it for leisurely reading.

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