Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Journal Six

After reading The House on Mango Street, I have to say this book has become one of my favorites. Even though the stories were short, I enjoyed reading them. I think when people read this book they become fascinated with the amount of meaning each story has. Cisneros does a very good job at explaining details very much and making sure the reader does not get confused or anything like that. I learned a lot from this book. I learned that no matter how happy a person seems, some are just putting that smiley face as a cover to hide what’s really going through their lives. I didn’t find any weaknesses because over all I liked the book. Some of the strengths of the book were that most stories were about the struggle of the people and things that happened behind closed doors when nobody knew anything about it.
One story that stood out to be the most was “A House of My Own.” I thought this story has the most meaning out of all the other stories. And also it is the shortest story in the book. But at the same time, when you read it, you instantly become amazed at how a short story can have such a meaning. She describes how she wants a place of her own and to basically start something new. She states “Only a house quiet as snow, a space for myself to go, clean as paper before the poem” (Cisneros 108). Even though she is still a young person, she understands life more than anyone else.


  1. I was very confused about what Cisneros was trying to say at many points in the book. I do not think she was clearly descriptive when it comes to theme or main idea of the chapters.

  2. I really liked the book as well, but it wasn't very straight forward. It had many themes and she kept going from story to story. Other than that, it was a great book!!! :)

  3. it was a good book and liked most of her stories even though they were short, it would have been better if the stories were longer.besides that it was a good book.