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2.99995332119684 out of 52.99995332119684 out of 52.99995332119684 out of 52.99995332119684 out of 52.99995332119684 out of 5 3.00 (42,846 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sandra Cisneros Narrator: Sandra Cisneros Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2005 ISBN: 9780739322819
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Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes—sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous—it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Sandra Cisneros is one of the most brillant of today’s young writers. Her work is sensitive, alert, nuanceful . . . rich with music and picture. Gwendolyn Books

  • “A classic. . . . This little book has made a great space for itself on the shelf of American literature. Julia Alvarez

  • Afortunado! Lucky! Lucky the generation who grew up with Esperanza and The House on Mango Street. And lucky future readers. This funny, beautiful book will always be with us. Maxine Hong Kingston 
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/16/2014

    " I loved this book. The little vignettes were so interesting, and weaved perfectly together into one great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jac | 2/14/2014

    " idk I like vignettes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ami | 2/13/2014

    " Vignettes aren't really my thing, but the content and subject are fascinating. I'd write more, but it's kind of hard to do this on a phone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/13/2014

    " When I finished it, I wanted to give a copy to everyone I knew. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arthur macias | 2/9/2014

    " The book "The house on mango street" by sandra cisneros. is about the life of a girl named esperanza and she moves to mango street , the chapters are mixed up it is hard to understand the books because first it focus on esperanza then everyone else on the neighborhood. esperanza's family dream is to have a big house when they move from mango street to a new neighborhood, i would really recommend this book to other people who like books that take you in deeply . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tien V | 2/8/2014

    " The book was great and telling about the life of the main character's experiences throughout many places and situations. The book also inspires with emotions inside and you can feel about it. I would recommend you to read this, and think about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arianna Harris | 1/26/2014

    " this was the best book ever read in my life i really injoyed that book because it was talking about how new people move on manggo street but the boy didnt want to move to mango street he wanted to stay where he was living but yhe house was old where he was living so he had to move to mango street "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larissa | 1/24/2014

    " first vignettes I've read. simple yet moving "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie Keuter | 1/20/2014

    " Read this in Spanish in Spanish! How fun! I don't really know a lot about the barrio in Chicago for Hispanic girls, but this is probably pretty accurate. Plus its way cool that Sandra Cisneros went to the college where I go! SWEETNESS! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liza | 1/14/2014

    " Unsure. Possibly going to update rating when I have a chance to study it more. This seems like a book that needs at least two more readings to get everything. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 1/7/2014

    " I thought this book was really boring. Hard to stay focus on what's happening when so many characters are thrown in spontaneously. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daisy Haro | 12/24/2013

    " This book is really good. It may seem that it's books for little kids. But it's not. It about a girl that does silly things around the place where she lives. But as time goes on, she gets scared to go to school and she ends up running away. Where did she go?? Read the book for more information. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flossie | 11/29/2013

    " This book had beautiful imagery. It was a touching story of hopes and dreams and the difficulty in attaining them when your surroundings are not conducive to success. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryn Rhoads | 11/23/2013

    " A powerful novel for Women "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charmaine Davis | 10/24/2013

    " This book was like eating a box of chocolates. Sorry that wasn't so original, but is true for me. Loved the way she put words together--very tasty. Most haunting quote from the book--he bust open like a "powdered doughnut." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 9/19/2013

    " Very well-written and interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 6/4/2013

    " Contemplative and reflective; Cisneros's prose makes me want to return to Marquez. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 9/7/2012

    " Little gem of a book. Very quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Autumn Lucero | 6/25/2012

    " what i think about this book? Well i didn't really read it because then i was be hided but i read the beginning and i guess it was okay from when i first read it. Well when i read it i was pretty interested and wanted to read more but i never got to i think that the book was going to be good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fulya | 2/20/2012

    " I fell in love with this books vigorous literary devices, the metaphors and similes are well-crafted and the twists and turns are so heart-breaking. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Austin | 11/21/2011

    " It was very choppy, it told almost nothing about the main characters life. Teaches some interesting things, but in one word I'd call it boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabine | 10/25/2011

    " interestingly enough, much more beautiful to read in Spanish! The language matches the style of the book better than English does. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trish G | 9/2/2011

    " Fabulous mentor book for Reader's and Writer's Workshops. Cisneros is a genius at writing small moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lukasz | 7/5/2011

    " Great story of life in the inner-city. Poignant. Great characters and themes for the kinds of people and events that a young adult encounters living in a big city. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aziza | 5/21/2011

    " Not one of my favorites, but it had a good theme. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 15till | 5/20/2011

    " I don't think this book went anywhere, a girl starts out with three dollars and a dream and ends up with 1/4 of a bike and a dream. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddie | 5/20/2011

    " My introduction to vignettes.
    I think there was this chapter about the sky I enjoyed...Honors English, Mattessich sophomore year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 5/18/2011

    " Vignettes about life from the perspective of a Latina child in an American city - poignant and beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 5/16/2011

    " I enjoyed it and it was a very fast read however not the best book ever if you know what i mean. My copy was used and this girl had written in it and she summarized the chapters and every thing which was very useful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/16/2011

    " The vignettes expose you to the complex Latin American culture in a beautiful light. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geneal | 5/13/2011

    " I love this book because it reads like poetry. The themes of gender, alienation, and culture clash are powerful throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 5/13/2011

    " I love Cisnero's poetic language. She uses figurative language beautifully. The story is one of triumph over obstacles. This was an inspiring, captivating novel that is definitely on my to re-read list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andronike | 5/11/2011

    " I read this book for the first time with my Freshman English class. They really got in to it; I, however, have yet to figure out what the big deal is with this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blake | 5/10/2011

    " lovely, lyrical vignettes bearing witness to a poverty and culture. no discernible plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 5/9/2011

    " I actually liked the book, especially for its creativity and neatness. The writing is excellent, and all of the small stories are interconnected, but work exceptionally well on their own. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victoria | 5/9/2011

    " i just didnt understand the point of this book... "

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About the Author
Author Sandra CisnerosSANDRA CISNEROS is the author of two widely acclaimed novels, a story collection, two books of poetry, and, most recently, Have You Seen Marie? She is the recipient of numerous awards, including National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, the Lannan Literary Award, the American Book Award, the Thomas Wolfe Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Cisneros is the founder of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral and Macondo Foundations, which serve creative writers. She lives in Mexico.