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Bless Me, Ultima
by Rudolfo Anaya

Published: 1999-04-01
Paperback : 290 pages
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Stories filled with wonder and the haunting beauty of his culture have helped make Rudolfo Anaya the father of Chicano literature in English, and his tales fairly shimmer with the lyric richness of his prose. Acclaimed in both Spanish and English, Anaya is perhaps best loved for his classic ...
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Stories filled with wonder and the haunting beauty of his culture have helped make Rudolfo Anaya the father of Chicano literature in English, and his tales fairly shimmer with the lyric richness of his prose. Acclaimed in both Spanish and English, Anaya is perhaps best loved for his classic bestseller ... Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. She is a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic. Under her wise wing, Tony will test the bonds that tie him to his people, and discover himself in the pagan past, in his father's wisdom, and in his mother's Catholicism. And at each life turn there is Ultima, who delivered Tony into the world-and will nurture the birth of his soul.

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  "Amazing Story"by barbararobins (see profile) 06/13/13

This book is a true delight to read. It is a wonderful story of a young boy growing up and the wishes of his mother and father. The effects that Ultima has on is life are amazing. A truly beautiful... (read more)

 
  "Very interesting book"by tarabranham (see profile) 10/29/11

This book has so much symbolism and conflict that I think it makes for a great book club read. Little hard to get into but then moves very quickly. I enjoyed it.

 
  "Wonderful discussions about life, love, magic, and the power of writing."by tmmillie (see profile) 03/11/08

It's amazing how the book it narrated by a young child and that voice seems authentic while at the same time being profoundly beautiful prose. It's as though he captured the thoughts of a child as they... (read more)

 
  "Very slow and uneventful"by Laura Loanna (see profile) 11/26/07

My group read this book and found it well written but did not grab us in or make us want to read any other books by this author. There wasn't anything that enticed me to keep reading. Pretty much, if... (read more)

 
  "Coming of age story"by ajkhhunter (see profile) 11/15/07

My group loved this book. We live in a community with a heavy hispanic population and this book was chosen as our "all county read." A great mix of humor, sadness, and magic. Wish Anaya would write... (read more)

 
  "This book generated thoughtful discussion in our book group."by grannyreads (see profile) 10/06/07

This was a wonderful book about a young boy growing up in rural New Mexico in the 40s. It described the conflict and closeness of a family in transition. Anaya gives us highly descriptive pictures of... (read more)

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