When she was reading in Portland Sandra Cisneros talked about losing track of what she had written BC before computers Her reading was powerful and sweet her advice wise a What A Book If I was a Cisneros fan before this really sealed the deal So many aspects of this life story resonates with me This book is sublime masterful surprising full of spirit and unabashed feminism Composed of experimental vignettes and glimmers from the globe trotting empathic socially conscious writer teacher poet Sandra Cisneros Some reviews here have expressed disappointment in the so called lack of juicy details revealed but I felt just the opposite The stories of Cisneros life are courageous in their sensitivity and revealing of the lifelong influence that her migratory childhood as the sole daughter in a family of six brothers that is threaded throughout all of her work As a Mexican American woman growing up in a working class Catholic family her approved vocations and options in life were few By pursuing a life of education and writing she forged a new path that went against her familial cultural traditions and socialized gender norms Her writings have you revelling along with her as she gains both hard won economic independence and writerly solitude as a young woman while also supporting and mentoring youth and artistic communities around the world Although the book doesn t explicitly touch on her choice to stay single and child free I loved the tiny details she chose to share about her home life The great reveal of this book is found in they ways that Cisneros shares with us her most tender and uiet moments her struggles and amazing humor and the many people and places that move her Not to mention the music and art that inspires her work and daily life The way she shares her influences and self reflections is beautiful and startlingly intimate Having been an fangirl since A House on Mango Street and having seen her speak in person twice I wasn t sure what exactly to expect of this memoir that is not a memoir A House of My Own is a revelation and the way Cisneros turns a phrase is singular I was moved to tears several times and discovered new dimensions of her work many times over while reading Every moment is infused with her soulful often hilarious writing from her youthful adventures typing Mango Street in a rented house on the Grecian island of Hydra to her nervous meeting with the great musician and composer Astor Piazzolla to driving her hero Eduardo Galeano around San Antonio to her musings on St Teresa de Avilaand so much As you can tell I adore this book and it s gorgeously put together filled with lovely photos to boot If you haven t read her novels or poems yet I believe you can still find enjoyment of this book and it will certainly spark you to seek out of her work I have always been a daydreamer and that s a lucky thing for a writer Because what is a daydreamer if not another word for thinker visionary intuitive all wonderful words synonymous with girl It s official I m a Sandra Cisneros fan This is the first book of hers that I ve read and over the last few years I ve found that reading a writer s non fiction before reading their fiction has helped me better get into the writer s mind understand their influences and what drives them for a long time This collection of essays and book reviews span 30 years of Cisneros s writing career they go into stories of her life including her meeting Gwendolyn Brooks and others her travels and relationships with her family and friendsI m always looking for certain words to detail my experiences of being raised in different cultures and looking for a place to call home I pick up a lot from different writers and books but through language and content I got closest to my feelings through this bookAll these essays are excellent so warm and relatable Cisneros inspired me to write and to talk about my own experiences she showed me these stories are important For those of us living between two worlds our job in the universe is to help others see with than their eyes Our work as bicultural citizens is to help others to become visionary to help us all to examine our dilemmas in multiple ways and arrive at creative solutions Otherwise we all will perish I loved Cisneros thoughts on writing inspiration and her need for her own space I could relate to this and I often think of how due to my introvertism I desired lots of time alone It that was impossible due to my culture being an introvert created some suspicion it seems So I ve always loved the night time When I was young and still living at home my father would call me vampira for writing at night I my father would call me vampira for writing at night I t tell him the night was my own private houseVery prevalent were the themes of a househome not only the importance of a home as a place where you live which contains memories but also as your own place in which to organize and decorate as you wish based on your wants needs etc There was an interesting essay in this where Cisneros was talking about her love of bright colours and how her neighbours did not take too indly to her periwinkle purple coloured home in San Antonio Colour is a story An inheritance Were the San Antonio
Rascuache Because They Imitated because they imitated elaborate tiles they could not afford Nobody wants to live like they re poor not even the poor They prefer to live like ings That s why they paint their houses with the only wealth they have spirit Mango yellow papaya orange cobalt blue When colours arrive from the nobodies wh. From the beloved author of The House on Mango Street a richly illustrated compilation of true stories and nonfiction pieces that taken together form a jigsaw autobiography an intimate album of a literary legend's life and careerFrom the Chicago neighborhoods where she grew up and set her groundbreaking The House on Mango Street to her abode in Mexico in a region where my ancestors lived for centuries the pl.
Sandra Cisneros ↠ 2 Free readO don t create art but handicrafts who don t have culture but folklore as Eduardo Galeano sardonically says of the poor they don t count they re not available until a Rockefeller or a Luis Barragan borrows them and introduces them into the homes of the rich and gives them statusOne essay in particular stood out to me one in which Sandra Cisneros talks about a graduate seminar she attended on memory and imagination The books assigned in seminar were Speak Memory Nabokov Out of Africa Dinesen and The Poetics of Space Bachelard This is what she said about the seminar I went home that night and realized my education has been a lie had made presumptions about what was normal I wanted to uit school right then and there but I didn t Instead I got mad and anger when it s used to act when used nonviolently has power I asked myself what I could write about that my classmates couldn t I didn t want to sound like my classmates I didn t want to eep imitating the writers I d been reading Their voices were right for them but not for meAnd there I believe is the strength one eventually has when they realize that what makes them different makes them uniue and is a good thing And we can celebrate our culture and experiences through our writing and that s what Cisneros did without worrying about how her work would be perceived by those who didn t The Canning Season know or didn t care to understand her culture and experiences This unapologetic writing is what I ve come to associate with feminists of colour such as bell hooks Audre Lorde and Gloria Anzaldua and it s so refreshing to seeI read a library copy of this book but I will definitely be buying myself a copy I decided to read Sandra Cisneros A House of My Own Stories from My Life after reading a review by avid reader and active GoodReads user Rowena I ve never read any of Cisneros books and to my surprise never heard of her either Thank you Rowena for introducing me to her I believe there is the right book for the right time and this was the book for me at this time Cisneros writes about writing about her lifetime of finding places to write of finding her own space it s no coincidence that her book a biography really is titled A House of My Own Much like Virginia Woolf s famous essay A Room of One s Own Cisneros also argues that a woman must have her own space in her case an entire house to herself to write The book is in fact a collection of previously published essays and speeches or lectures she s already given So if you re a Cisneros fan you might ve read these stories before Each story includes an introduction which provides background and context It s the perfect book to read if you find you re unable to get into a full length novel and only have time for short stories at a time Though the stories are arranged chronologically from the past to the present day I think they could be read in any order This is a book that you can pick up and select any story to read at randomI think any book that changes your opinion about something is a good book indeed In this case Cisneros changed my opinion of Texas She lived 20 years of her life in San Antonio a city I barelynew before I read about it in A House of My Own She made me curious about a state I had previously harshly judged And of
course being a Mexican American or as she says a US Mexican writer she writes a lot about Mexico and Mexicanbeing a Mexican American or as she says a US Mexican writer she writes a lot about Mexico and Mexican I definitely stepped away from the book nowing than I ever have about this country that s on the same continent as I amIf you love to read and aspire to write especially if you re a woman then this book is for you No forget that What is the power of a book if not to introduce you to people places experiences that You Know Little About Even If You Don T Aspire know little about Even if you don t aspire write you should read this book I highly recommend it I feel ind of cheated by this book I m a long time Cisneros fan and I m used to waiting over a decade for her next book and then being blown away I expected this to be a memoir told in stories instead it s a collection of introductions to books and essays she read at various speaking events They are well written and there are some gems but serious life experiences are carefully skirted She mentions lovers and affairs that hurt her but never ever goes into depth about love and sex She repeatedly mentions a year long depression but again never interrogates the wound Her mother and father feel like cardboard cut outs and not fleshed out characters There s a ton of repetition All in all this felt like something thrown together to satisfy a contractual obligation to a publisher not at all a Cisneros masterpiece I ll eep hoping for some fi Sandra Cisneros s writing is honest and poetic and lacks the self consciousness of someone aspiring to be erudite I mention this because I think for someone who is multi lingual who has read a lot and lived and traveled around the world who graduated from a prestigious writing program and has been lauded with the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship among other awards and honors it seems she could have easily gone in another direction speaking a lot of academese for instance but instead she remains grounded centered in her own voice and its tributaries as well as the aspiration to appeal to people from all walks
of life and possibly people who don tlife and possibly people who don t many booksA House of My Own refreshed me from how we are often encouraged to think about writers and writing where the focus is on stamina and discipline and the mechanics of the writing life Or content wise its about reveali. Aces Sandra Cisneros has lived have provided inspiration for her now classic works of fiction and poetry But a house of her own where she could truly take root has eluded her With this collection spanning nearly three decades and including never before published work Cisneros has come home at last Ranging from the private her parents' loving and tempestuous marriage to the political a rallying cry for one ,