The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a beautiful read. Cisneros writes in the introduction that she believes stories to be beautiful but that they should be a beauty that anyone can enjoy. She relates well to the world of the tired and overworked.
Each chapter or story is independent so that it doesn’t isolate the reader or leave them dependent on having time to read continuously. As a mother of a busy young boy, this format was a blessing. It was such a quick read that I nearly engulfed the book whole.
Her words are a simple beauty that provide a breath of fresh air in a difficult and cluttered world. Cisneros provides a unique clarity to life with lines like,
“You can never have too much sky. You can fall asleep and wake up drunk on sky, and sky can keep you safe when you are sad. Here there is too much sadness and not enough sky.”
Here writing style is surprisingly moving in its terse and easy language.
Please if you are only going to read one book this year, read The House on Mango Street. I think that nearly any artist can relate to Cisneros and will instantly fall in love with her and her writing style. I foresee many many readings of this book in my future.
As a fun twist on a funny read, I enjoyed iced mango green tea while reading The House on Mango Street. The wordplay is fun, but the refreshing nature of the tea is a nice complement to this equally refreshing book.