Bless Me, Ultima

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Grand Central Publishing, Jun 1, 2012 - Fiction - 272 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 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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This book is not for the faint-hearted. With its gripping tales and true symbolic action, Anaya has truly spun a web of New Mexican culture, with one of the most interesting plots to date.

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Very Sad, Complex, and Confusing, but Deep.
At first I really disliked this book as it was forced upon me for a High School reading assignment for my English 1-2 H class, but as I read it more and
more, I could begin to relate to the book in many ways. The book isn't written to show anything specifically other than the fact that everyone has their decisions to make and that they must believe in themselves to follow. It is very symbolic and deep in meaning and you must know some basic spanish to fully understand the novel. The ending wrapped up good, however it was injected in as if it were rushed as the summer nearing the end was just descriptive with only one chapter really going over it. I would have liked the book more though if the author had made it a bit more explicit to show on why he wants readers to stay into reading his work. Even after reading it, I can still only partially understand the point and or purpose of the novel. 

Contents

Introduction
Uno
Dos
Tres
Cuatro
Cinco
Seis
Siete
Quince
Dieciséis
Diecisiete
Dieciocho
Diecinueve
Veinte
Veintiuno
Veintidós

Ocho
Nueve
Diez
Once
Doce
Trece
Catorce
Reading Group Guide
Questions for Discussion
CRITICS HAIL RUDOLFO ANAYA AND BLESS ME ULTIMA
Contents
Copyright
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About the author (2012)

Rudolfo Anaya is professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico. He has won numerous literary awards: the Premio Quinto Sol National Chicano literary award, the 2007 Notable New Mexican Award, and the PEN Center USA West Award for Fiction for his novel Alburquerque. He is best loved for his classic bestseller Bless Me, Ultima, which the NEA has chosen as part of their Big Read program for 2007. His other works include Zia Summer, Rio Grande Fall, Jalamanta, Tortuga, Heart of Aztlan, and The Anaya Reader. He has also written numerous short stories, essays, and children's books, including The Farolitos of Christmas and Maya's Children.

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