The House on Mango Street

book 5

  • NJ June 2021

要有多么细腻和温柔的情感才能把芒果街上不入流的移民的生活描写的像 100 violins play in the sky 虽然那些故事里的女人不一定是真的,但一定有真人的projection.

作者写她小时侯在mango street 上生活的时候很多次说到ashame 这个词,yoga 老师说最negative 的情绪就是shame, 比sad, agiated, mad,angry… 都不好. 因为有羞愧感的时候就是怀疑自己的,觉得自己不够好的时候。 but we are worth it ! We have a reason to be here.  

但好在她能把sensitivity 转成了对文字的specificity (not the ROC kind) 然后慢慢的长大了!

我其实并不觉得她小时喜欢在芒果街上的时光,她是幸运的, 是个smart cookie, study hard 然后离开。她的写下芒果街是为了那些没能离开的姑娘们,No English,坐在床边听歌美丽的姑娘们!


阿姨说,Keep writing! no matter what keep writing 的画面!
每个人都有自己cure, 文字就是她的cure.

Sparkling Lines:

I think this is a Chinese lie because the Chinese, like Mexcian, dont like their women strong.

I wonder if she made the best with what she got or she was sorry because she couldn’t be all the things she wanted

laugh all of a sudden & surprised like a pile of dishes breaking

They are without respect for all things living including themselves

you can never have too much sky, here is too much sadness and not enough sky.

butterflies are few and so are flowers and most things that are beautiful. Still, we take what we can get and make the best of it.

he watched me dance

you gotta get the rhythm

i think if my own papa died. what would i do? i hold my papa in my arms. I hold and hold and hold him.

I think disease have no eyes.

You just remember to keep writing, Esperanza. You must keep writing. It will keep you free.

I want to be all new and shinny. I want to sit out bad at night, a boy around my neck and wind under my skirt.

When i am too sad and too skinny to keep keeping, when i am a tiny thing against so many bricks then it is I look at trees. Four who reach and dont forget to reach. Four whose only reason is to be and be.

You go to school, study hard.

I was a smart cookie then.

only a house quiet as snow, a space for myself to go, clean as paper before the poem.

one day I will say goodbye to Mango, I am too strong for her to keep me forever.

Happy Reading!

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