Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The following post is taken directly from my hand-printed Reader's Journal. I will be sharing these reflections each week on the Rivera Runs Through It blog. The date at the end of each post is the date of the original writing, which is typically the date I completed the book. The reflections are short, but represent my initial reactions to a book, a brief summary of the book or the questions it raised for me at the time. I hope you enjoy this segment in my blog and feel free to comment on what you read here.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

I was, at first, skeptical about this book -- it is a series of extremely short stories. When looked at individually each story seems to be of no consequence, however, when read together, the stories give a creative look at growing up Mexican-American in an urban setting. Cisneros has a great skill in relaying the feeling and stories with a minimal amount of writing. I am quite impressed and am curious about her other books!

Dated: 07/22/02

What was the last book that surprised you by actually turning out to be good?
Can you steer me in the direction of any other books written in this style (multiple short stories used as a platform to tell one over-arching narrative)?

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