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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My question from the start was why they were wandering in the first place — did their parents forget them? My interpretation is that she is aware, but is very delusional in her misery and chooses to ignore that fact. Veronika rated it it was amazing Dec cqriboo, True to its indirect style, the story leaves the ending open.

The Cariboo Cafe

Lubnaa rated it liked it Mar 19, Kara added it Nov 03, Florintina added it Aug 04, Isabella rated it it was amazing Mar 30, Eser rated it liked it Apr 14, Posted by Cayla Logan at 1: It’s a really an interesting story.


With gaps of information like that one, the story is told without directly being told. Jsilesky rated it really liked it Nov 23, Jannur carlboo it as to-read Mar 28, Paula BGu rated it really liked it Nov 27, Lists with This Book. Elise rated it liked it Oct 01, What makes this shifting of perspectives interesting, though, is the information that Viramontes leaves out in each perspective.

The Cariboo Cafe by Helena María Viramontes

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Valerie rated it really liked it Oct 18, Each character tells a part of the story, never chronologically overlapping.

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Heidi Carlboo rated it liked it Jun 05, The detail I find most interesting is the mother’s conviction that Macky is her son, Geraldo. I recommend this to anyone who hasn’t read it before.

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

Vicky rated it liked it Dec 08, 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. Published by Arte Publico Press.


She has a gap in cate life that can only be filled by her son, and conveniently, these two children, one of them a boy her son’s age, happen to be wandering nearby. Want to Read Currently Cqfe Read.

It’s sad and a bit crazy at the same time. Vivalajane rated it liked it Jan 12, Will she herself get taken away by the police?

The social critique in the story is so intense. Open Preview See a Problem? Ash added it Mar 09, Return to Book Page.

There are no discussion topics cqriboo this book yet. Vianca Jimenez added it Oct 03, You get the feeling that the mother has lost, but what will she do next? Allysa Khan rated it it was amazing Sep 04, And what about Sonya and Macky? Kaycee Ingram added it Sep 29, Elena Necula marked it as to-read May 12, The quote above is one that really hit me, and defines the mother’s character well.