Helena Maria Viramontes’s short story “The Cariboo Café” use of multiple voices appears to echo the Native/Mexican American oral tradition of. In her short story “The Cariboo Cafe,” Helena Maria Viramontes uses these conflicting perspectives to play two very different forces off each other: structure and. Immigrant Tragedy in “The Cariboo Café” Helena Maria Viramontes grew up in Los Angeles where relatives used to stay and live with her.

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The quote above is one that really hit me, and defines the mother’s character well.

The Cariboo Cafe

Iridewildrainbows rated it really liked it Apr 17, Alida marked it as to-read Mar 18, Rebecca marked it as to-read Mar 24, With gaps of information like that one, the story is told without directly being told. Kaycee Ingram added it Sep 29, No trivia or quizzes yet.

True to its indirect style, the story leaves the ending open. What makes this shifting of perspectives interesting, though, is the information that Viramontes leaves out in each perspective. Alicia marked it as to-read Jun 14, Jana rated it it was amazing Oct 29, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Helena Maria Viramontes born February 26, is an American fiction writer and professor of English.

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Veronika rated it it was amazing Dec 20, Clearly there was somebody waiting for them, since the news that they were missing went out so quickly, but why were they alone in the first place?

Refresh and try again. Posted by Cayla Logan at 1: And what about Sonya and Macky? Vivalajane rated it liked it Jan 12, Carolina rated it really liked it Dec 23, Trivia About The Cariboo Cafe. Return to Book Page.

Shelby marked it as to-read Apr 03, It’s a really an interesting story. There are hints that the kids are Sonya and Macky, such as their age and her protectiveness, but we have no idea who the woman is — she seems to have appeared from nowhere. Allysa Khan rated it it was amazing Sep 04, Fariboo by Arte Publico Press.

You get the feeling that the mother has lost, but what will she do next?

Short Thoughts on Short Stories: “The Cariboo Café” by Helena Viramontes

Lubnaa rated it ccafe it Mar 19, Jannur marked it as to-read Mar 28, Arunima marked it as to-read Jul 10, Apr 10, Heba Yasser rated it it was amazing. We know that she is desperate to get her son back, but the question the story doesn’t answer is whether or not she is aware that Macky is not her son.

Each character tells a part of the story, never chronologically overlapping. Mirela Dehne added it Jan 10, Will she cqriboo continue looking for a replacement Geraldo?


Cory Brown marked it as to-read Aug 30, To see what your friends thought of this book, please cafee up. Out of all the stories I’ve read, this one is written in possibly the most unique perspective. Valerie rated it really liked it Oct 18, Diana rated it really liked it Oct 12, Ana Chacon added it Oct 30, The mother is a very interesting character in this way; she is so deeply devoted to her delusions that she fights with the police over a little boy she doesn’t actually know.

The Cariboo Cafe by Helena María Viramontes

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It makes an interesting statement about the lengths to which people will go to heal heartbreak — pretty damn far. My interpretation is that she is aware, but is very delusional in her misery and chooses to ignore that fact. Gregory Rapp rated it really liked it Jul 09, All she wants is for her and her son to go home.

Eser rated it liked it Apr 14, My son and I. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.