Bless Me, Ultima

Bless Me, Ultima

eBook - 1994
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Ultima, a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic, comes to Antonio Marez's New Mexico family when he is six years old, and she helps him discover himself in the magical secrets of the pagan past.
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, [1994], ©1972
ISBN: 9781455521333
Characteristics: 1 online resource (262 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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A beautifully written classic about a young boy, Antonio, who is guided and protected by Ultima, a wise and magical curandera (traditional healer) in a small Hispanic community. Antonio must face bigotry, violence, history, and complicated family ties as he grows from a boy to a man.

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Nov 18, 2018

This is a very good, inspiring book. Mr. Anaya refers to the land that we live on, the Earth, as "Sacred." I have not heard, or read of this fact, from anyone else, in years: and it is good to be reminded that it is true!

Hillsboro_BarbaraO Nov 07, 2018

Seven year old, Antonio Márez learns valuable lessons from Ultima, the old "curandera" or folk healer who comes to stay with him and his family in their small house in Guadalupe, New Mexico in the mid-1940's.

Jan 24, 2018

Excellent. Nothing but praise for this book.

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.

Apr 30, 2014

I can't imagine why anything in 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.

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!

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

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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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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