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Bless Me, Ultima

Anaya, Rudolfo A. (Book - 1999)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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Chronicles the story of an alienated New Mexico boy who seeks an answer to his questions about life in his relationship with Ultima, a magical healer.
Authors: Anaya, Rudolfo A.
Title: Bless me, Ultima
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub. : Hachette Book Group, 1999
Edition: Grand Central Publishing ed., 1st Hachette Book Group trade ed
Characteristics: xi, 290 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Rudolfo A. Anaya
Notes: "Winner of the Premio Quinto Sol, National Chicano Literary Award."--P. [4] of cover
"National Endowment for the Arts; The Big Read selection."--Cover
"Special reading group guide inside."--Cover
Summary: Chronicles the story of an alienated New Mexico boy who seeks an answer to his questions about life in his relationship with Ultima, a magical healer.
ISBN: 9780446675369
0446675369
Branch Call Number: FICTION ANAYA 1999
Subject Headings: Llanos Fiction Mexican Americans Family relationships Fiction Grandparent and child Fiction Healers New Mexico Fiction Mexican Americans New Mexico Fiction Mexican American children New Mexico Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Llanos
Mexican Americans
Grandparent and child
Healers
Mexican Americans
Mexican American children
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Antonio struggles with many things-
Is he Hispanic or American?
Catholic or pagan?
cowboy or farmer?
Then he meets a wise woman healer named Ultima....

This coming of age novel about a young Mexican-American boy in 1940s New Mexico was challenged for occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, and being sexually explicit. The book is available in audio, ebook and Large Print formats.

Chronicles the story of an alienated New Mexico boy who seeks an answer to his questions about life in his relationship with Ultima, a magical healer.

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 moth... Read More »


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I can't imagine why anything is this book would gross anyone out. I think it was beautifully written. The main character is a young boy with an open heart, discovering his heritage & trying to embrace what is real as far as his religious/spiritual beliefs. Loved it!

Oct 21, 2013
  • MissNatalie_ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Bless Me, Ultima is now a major motion picture, but the book is a must read.

Antonio Mares, the narrator, is only a child exploring his own history and that of the world around him. His childish voice and notions make the harsh realities of westernization and racism
and loss of identity harder to read and accept.
Rudolfo Anaya paints New Mexico beautifully. His characters are unforgettable. I would rank this as one of the best American novels fit for all ages.

Feb 22, 2013
  • lauren1773 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

At first, I really didn't know what to expect by reading this book. I don't speak any Spanish, so some of the small conversations I didn't pick up on. However, I could understand what was going on because of the author's good writing before and after those quotes. This book was a required book I had to read for a report, so trying to get motivated to read was tough. When I started reading it, it was okay. Once I started getting into the book, it became good. Overall I liked it. I would have perhaps enjoyed it more if I spoke Spanish. I really liked it though!

Dec 14, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Although this book shows in a “banned” list, it has not been banned. On the contrary, it can be found in the CHILDREN area of libraries. It’s been challenged by concerned parents—who are labeled “censors.” The story is that of a 7 year-old Hispanic boy in the 1940’s, who, among other things, likes to pretend he is a priest taking confessions. Book has lots of cursing and is very badly written and some descriptions will gross you out. (I just LOVE to read comments from patrons who need to criticize another patron’s in order to make a point…)

Aug 18, 2012
  • 21221004556327 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Really can't understand where EuSei is coming from, excellent read, not enough books in the library about other cultures in the fiction gendre. Liked it a lot!

Aug 01, 2012
  • Joshua716 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great Book. Great Characterization and conflicting views inside the main character (esp. religious views)

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Jul 12, 2013
  • Sagarpp3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jul 09, 2013
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Sep 04, 2011
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 12, 2013
  • Sagarpp3 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Understanding comes with life. As a man grows he sees life and death, he is happy and sad, he works, plays, meets people - sometimes it takes a lifetime to acquire understanding, because in the end understanding simply means having sympathy for people. ”

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