REVIEW: ‘The House on Mango Street’

13 Mar

I recently read The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.  The House on Mango Street is an acclaimed coming of age novel that explores Esperanza Cordero’s experiences in her neighbourhood.  The text addresses the emotional spectrum of the coming of age journey, highlighting moments of joy, sadness, belonging and pain.

One of the things I found most interesting about this text was the way it showed that an individual’s coming of age journey does not occur in isolation.  Indeed, Esperanza’s journey intersects with those of others in her community.

Extracts of this text would be interesting to use as introductory material to a a ‘Coming of Age’ unit.  They could also be used as stimulus for creative writing, used as models for students to depict significant moments in their own coming of age journeys.

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