- member since May 23, 2010
Mango Street is a classic that ranks right up there with To Kill a Mockingbird or Catcher in the Rye. Ironic that you ask me because we just spent a class talking about banned books. I have taught Mango Street a number of times. I can understand why a parent would be uncomfortable with this book the same way that a parent doesn't want sex education taught in school. The book raises sensitive topics (rape, sexual abuse, prejudice) that are going to lead to controversial discussions..if you really want to get at what the book is about. The topics I mentioned are very subtly woven into the poetic prose. There is no graphic language or passage that I can remember. In fact, middle-schoolers often read the book without ever realizing what some of the hidden messages are--which is probably my biggest complaint. Let's talk about it more after you've read it. For the right audience, this book is irreplaceable. My biggest concern is that the typical Chadwick student will have a hard time relating to the themes and characters because they lead such different lives. If the teacher who teaches it cannot help them connect with the emotional part of the book, it's sort of a waste. My students (most of them anyway) used to love this book because we read it aloud together (most of it) and really talked about it. The language is so delicious. It's like eating hagen-daz with a spoon right out of the carton. I worry that the teacher who's doing it now in our school is ruining it because she doesn't feel the same passion for it and the kids are not getting into it.
Welcome to the group based on the book 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.
There is a general explanation of the group under the discussion thread GROUP GUIDELINES.
The books of the month (BOTM) that the group is reading are pinned to the top. June’s BOTM are The God of Small Things by Roy, Wide Sargasso Sea by Rhys and Midnight’s Children by Rushdie. I will post new discussion questions in June.
We are also starting something new. It will be a Long Read consisting of books from the list that are greater than a 1000 pages. The group will be starting with War and Peace by Tolstoy. Which is a May, June and July read.