“The Moths”. (). Helena Maria Viramontes. (February 26, –). Notes. 32 Abuelita: Spanish for “grandma”; common familiar and. The Moths has 33 ratings and 5 reviews. Missy said: For a class assignment, I had the opportunity to read The Moths, by Helena Maria Viramontes. Helena M. Fiction. THE MOTHS AND OTHER STORIES, Helena Maria Viramontes’ stories exploring women’s struggles to overcome the dictates of family, culture, and.

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Izzybel Munoz rated it really liked it Dec 27, The story is a first-person narrative of a Latina granddaughter reminiscing about her relationship between her family, most especially her grandmother, when she was a teenage girl. I’m not a super lazy reader, but “The Long Reconciliation” almost did me i There are, unexpectedly, strong parallels to Dubliners in the way this is mots simulation of aging, with stories about young people at the beginning, followed by ambivalence or outright rejection of motherhood, and ending with stories about old men and old women.

The Moths (short story)

Conflicted on the ending of this piece. The narrator refuses to go to Sunday mass and is called “disrespectful and disbelieving” The narrator, who felt distant from her mother, was now longing to be with her, in which a new relationship was born from the death of this old one.

Each story hit you with a bang and you had to let that story sit with you for a bit before moving on to the next. Later the granddaughter talks about the sun and how it cannot shine forever.

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BK Bellefeuille rated it it was amazing Apr 07, Sep 29, A. Aug 30, Maritza rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Andrea rated it really liked it Jan 19, Many people love Sandra Cisneros’ House on Mango Street, but they don’t particularly move or stir my soul.


There was no light at the end of the tunnel in her eyes. Jan 03, Mohs rated it liked it. They’ve made be question symbolism in other stories, shorts and novels. I gave this book away before finishing the “re-read. This article relies too much tge references to primary sources. The short stories here, particularly “The Moths” is a good one, capturing the spirit of Mexican life with a touch of magical-realism.

Dec jelena, Andy Lee rated it really liked it Shelves: Her voice lends some I didn’t have a problem with this story, but it didn’t reach me very much. Thrilled finally to be reading some Chicana literature, however.

Jul 19, Saimir marked it as to-read. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

She spends her time watching he,ena her grandmother since her grandmother has always watched over her. If you need this or any other sample, we can send it to you via email. Lulu is Awesome rated it it was amazing Oct 05, She is very passionate about her culture. How is helping the young narrator through scarlet fever similar to or different from helping her through her first lie 32? The young 14 year old girl, who narrates the story, has many quarrels with her sisters and parents over her tomboy manner and their lack of acceptance.

There is no real karma here–just passing on the shit you’ve been handed. In turn the young girl finds it difficult to accept her own family. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The tragedy is in Piri’s father calling one of the neighborhood girls a dog because she nailed his son with a ball, and then telling his son to “take it like a man. An Historical Approach ” Onda Latina: Sharon Blackstone rated it it was amazing Jun 30, Why is the narrator considered unhelpful to—and even destructive for—her sisters and her immediate family?

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Through her grandmother she becomes aware of her own desire to love and embrace others. Sep 29, Julia Gorning rated it really liked it. I got to hear the author, Viramontes read from her works at the AP reading last week. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want viramnotes read. Please improve this by adding secondary or tertiary sources.

Mohhs reading this short story, I went in to it not knowing what to expect. This book helped me while I grew up. Accessed December 31, Oct 17, Kara rated it it was amazing Shelves: It changed my life in high school. This story is a great representation of her usual writing style. I believe the cover sabotages the content.

The shift in voice in each stories presents the reader with a different perspective of the characters, demonstrating the multiplicity of the individual, mostly Chicana women whose ages range from adolescence to elderly. With this being said, I recommend The Moths to anyone who enjoys meaningful literature. Viramontes’ writing style will challenge you, as she often changes perspectives in her narrative without explicit transition.

Furthermore she expresses that she is always in trouble and she is used to getting punished for her disruptiveness. Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University.

I still read it when I need a little pick me up.