Bless Me, Ultima

Bless Me, Ultima

Book - 1999
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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.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub. : Hachette Book Group, 1999
Edition: Grand Central Publishing ed., 1st Hachette Book Group trade ed
ISBN: 9780446675369
0446675369
Branch Call Number: FICTION ANAYA 1999
Characteristics: xi, 290 p. ; 21 cm

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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 »

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


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slothsrule Dec 30, 2015

A coming of age classic set in beautiful New Mexico depicting a young Mexican American boy and the dividing forces of his family and his love for a pagan healer named Ultima who comes to live with the family. The young boy Antionio experiences many beautiful and dark things in his boyhood. The story is poetic and beautifully written and took me to a time and place that I knew little about.

CMLibrary_JLytal Dec 12, 2015

This was truly a beautiful book. Anaya has a wonderful way of writing that makes the book come alive. He handles the complex interplay between ancient native traditions and the Catholic traditions that have become almost equally ingrained very well, despite presenting them through the eyes of child. This is one of my all time favorite books.

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pagingirl
Apr 30, 2014

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!

natalie_g Oct 21, 2013

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.

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lauren1773
Feb 22, 2013

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!

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LDPBLM
Jan 04, 2013

This is an interesting book - although I felt he wrote from the adult experience , rather than the child 's . His writing about the golden carp was inspired

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posie12
Aug 18, 2012

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!

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Joshua716
Aug 01, 2012

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

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Jul 12, 2013

“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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