Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
Caramelo…just like the sweet chewy candy, or the soft warm color of skin, this story is also appealing
in every way, just like visits by Tías and mothers, grandmothers and daughters, gossiping and
catching up over café con leche. While we wicked little children listen silently, in the background,
unknowingly receiving a history lesson unfolding before us. It is beautifully told in every way a
story can be told.
Caramelo is the saddest love story you’ll ever read. A love story built on sacrifice, on culture, and felt
from the lives of the women who share their struggles in this book. Sandra Cisneros has once again
proven how delicate and eruptive her words can be while describing the strong jealousy of love or
the great pains of childbirth. She has brought us a bit closer into her life with her moving and
melodic words that contain such amazing and lost history to so many of us who have grown up in the
U.S.A. It is bountiful, full of landscapes and people who once lived before us, of war and starvation,
as love ties itself to each and every moment with a shredded ribbon.
This is a story I will be sure to pick up and read again, a story I will be sure to share with the younger
females in my familia, as well as anyone interested after reading this review, along the way. It is a
brilliant, romantically melancholy in every word, book that reads like a never-ending song you can’t
let go of. ***** 5 stars for Ms. Cisneros and her wonderful way of writing!
This entry was posted on November 23, 2012 by chicana writer. It was filed under Book Reviews and was tagged with Book review, Caramelo, culture/cultura, familia, literature, love, Mexican folklore, Mexican-American authors, Mexico, Sandra Cisneros, Women.
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