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The move lowered my father in the esteem of his compadres, the other vaqueros
of the llano who clung tenaciously to their way of life and freedom. There was no
room to keep animals in town so my father had to sell his small herd, but he
would not sell his horse so he gave it to a good friend, Benito Campos. But
Campos could not keep the animal penned up because somehow the horse was
very close to the spirit of the man, and so the horse was allowed to roam free and
no vaquero ...
He will make a fine vaquero! And they smashed the fruits and vegetables that
surrounded the bed and replaced them with a saddle, horse blankets, bottles of
whiskey, a new rope, bridles, chapas, and an old guitar. And they rubbed the
stain of earth from the baby's forehead because man was not to be tied to the
earth but free upon it. These were the people of my father, the vaqueros of the
llano. They were an exuberant, restless people, wandering across the ocean of
"And my father's brother was there, the Marez' and their friends, the vaqueros— "
"Ay! " she cried out, "Don't speak to me of those worthless Marez and their friends!
" "There was a fight? " I asked. "No," she said, "a silly argument. They wanted to
start a fight with my brothers— that is all they are good for. Vaqueros, they call
themselves, they are worthless drunks! Thieves! Always on the move, like
gypsies, always dragging their families around the country like vagabonds—" As
long as I ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Lindoula - LibraryThing
Difficult to review, because I feel lukewarm about it. While I know it's partly about magic, so I need to suspend disbelief, the protagonist's age vs. maturity level (including his sophisticated speech) didn't add up for me. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Carol420 - LibraryThing
"Bless me Ultima" is a wonderful story based on the "Chicano" or Northern New Mexico native people culture, religion, and customs that tells us about the relationship between a six year old boy called ... Read full review