Today's number was 53. The book selected was Woman Hollering Creek: And Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros.
As for this book in particular. Well, it is a wonderful group of short stories focused on the social role of women, specifically within relationships. Cisneros utilizes the stereotypical archetypes of men and women in order to examines the ways in which these social roles affect and influence womens' issues (identity, sexuality, race, class, etc.). Her writing is powerful and mesmerizing and takes you on a journey through these women's lives via their personal struggles to achieve their dreams of freedom and love. The book is divided into three sections: childhood, adolescence, adulthood. Her tone and style is poetic and easily captures the readers' attention. She also integrates the Spanish language into her text in order to demonstrate the fluidity and combination of both cultures within each other. All I can write is that Cisneros is an author that should be read and whose work is an important part of contemporary literature because of its ability to cross borders creatively, linguistically and intellectually. Her feminist passions are evident throughout the book, which for me was not a problem (of course I'm a feminist who studied Chicana feminism) - I think it just demonstrates how Cisneros utilizes her writing as a way to not only describe her culture, but also as a means of presenting important women's issues to a broader audience. All in all, a great piece of fiction.
I need to read her!
She, you definitely need to read Cisneros! Her work is just brilliant!
I absolutely love this book! I'll never forget the story with the teacher accusing the girl of owning the gnarly, raggy sweater...so unfair. So heartbreaking.
Bellezza, OMG! I know what you mean - that story just makes me tear up each time. The way Cisneros captures that experience is so clear and vivid that you feel as if you are right there with that little girl - I wanted to go up to that teacher and throw the sweater at her. Love this book!
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