The House on Mango Street
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 Streetis 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.
Answer these questions below in the discussion or simply add comments of your own on your thoughts on the book! This is a funny space to discuss all that you’ve discovered in your reading.
1. How did you feel about the book when you finished it? Describe emotions.
2. Why do you think the author choose to structure the books as a series of vignettes?
3. This is a book heavy with literary devices. Analyze some important ones. What stuck out to you as an important literary device in the novel?