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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Want to Read saving…. Lubnaa rated it liked criboo Mar 19, Mallory added it Mar 28, Izzy rated it liked it Jun 05, 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. Alicia marked it as to-read Jun 14, The minor detail that Macky is not her son is irrelevant, because she is so desperate.

With gaps of information like that one, the story is told without directly being told. Trivia About The Cariboo Cafe. Arunima marked it as to-read Jul 10, Paula BGu rated it really liked it Nov 27, Jsilesky rated it really liked it Nov 23, Will she herself get taken away by the police? You get the feeling that the mother has lost, but what will she do next?


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. Carolina rated it really liked it Dec 23, Valerie rated it really liked it Oct 18, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It makes an interesting statement about the lengths to which people will go to heal heartbreak — pretty damn far.

Vicky rated it liked it Dec 08, Apr 10, Heba Yasser rated it it was amazing. What makes this shifting of perspectives interesting, though, is the information that Viramontes leaves out in each perspective. And what about Sonya and Macky? 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?

The Cariboo Cafe

Ash added it Mar 09, Lider Kara rated it really liked it Mar 23, Jannur acriboo it as to-read Mar 28, Heidi Elizabeth rated it liked it Jun 05, Mirella rated it really liked it Aug 14, Elise rated it liked it Oct 01, 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.


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It’s sad and a bit crazy at the same time. The detail I find most interesting is the mother’s conviction that Macky is her son, Geraldo.

Will she simply dariboo looking for a replacement Geraldo? Each character tells a part of the story, never chronologically overlapping. All she wants is for her and her son to go home. To ask other readers questions about The Cariboo Cafeplease sign up.

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

Refresh and try again. Allysa Khan rated it it was amazing Sep 04, Anna Moe marked it as to-read Apr 23, Newer Post Older Post Home. Diana rated it really liked it Oct 12, cfae Florintina added it Aug 04, Ana Chacon added it Oct 30, Gregory Rapp rated it really liked it Jul 09, My interpretation is that she is aware, but is very delusional in her misery and chooses to ignore that fact.