Bless Me, Ultima

Bless Me Ultima Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima enters his life She is a curandera one who heals with herbs and magic We cannot let her live her last days in loneliness says Antonio s mother It is not th

Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima enters his life She is a curandera, one who heals with herbs and magic We cannot let her live her last days in loneliness, says Antonio s mother It is not the way of our people, agrees his father And so Ultima comes to live with Antonio s family in New Mexico Soon Tony will journey to the threshold of manhood Always, UltAntonio Marez is six years old when Ultima enters his life She is a curandera, one who heals with herbs and magic We cannot let her live her last days in loneliness, says Antonio s mother It is not the way of our people, agrees his father And so Ultima comes to live with Antonio s family in New Mexico Soon Tony will journey to the threshold of manhood Always, Ultima watches over him She graces him with the courage to face childhood bigotry, diabolical possession, the moral collapse of his brother, and too many violent deaths Under her wise guidance, Tony will probe the family ties that bind him, and he will find in himself the magical secrets of the pagan past a mythic legacy equally as palpable as the Catholicism of Latin America in which he has been schooled At each turn in his life there is Ultima who will nurture the birth of his soul.

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  1. Rudolfo Anaya lives and breathes the landscape of the Southwest It is a powerful force, full of magic and myth, integral to his writings Anaya, however, is a native Hispanic fascinated by cultural crossings unique to the Southwest, a combination of oldSpain and New Spain, of Mexico with Mesoamerica and the anglicizing forces of the twentieth century Rudolfo Anaya is widely acclaimed as the founder of modern Chicano literature According to the New York Times, he is the most widely read author in Hispanic communities, and sales of his classic Bless Me, Ultima 1972 have surpassed 360,000, despite the fact that none of his books have been published originally by New York publishing houses His works are standard texts in Chicano studies and literature courses around the world, and he has done than perhaps any other single person to promote publication of books by Hispanic authors in this country With the publication of his novel, Albuquerque 1992 ,Newsweek has proclaimed him a front runner in what is better called not the new multicultural writing, but the new American writing His most recent volume, published in 1995, is Zia Summer I ve always used the technique of the cuento I am an oral storyteller, but now I do it on the printed page I think if we were very wise we would use that same tradition in video cassettes, in movies, and on radio from unm wrtgsw anayamlandgale.cengage free_reso

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  1. As posted in As a Hispanic, I cannot believe that I hadn t read Bless Me, Ultima earlier Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down Anaya is a superb storyteller As it is in the Hispanic culture, elders are supposed to be taken care of whether or not they are family So, in comes Ultima, an elderly curandera A curandera is a faith healer, not a witch However, some people may not see the difference between the two The proper and respectful term to Ultima is Grande, meaning wise one [...]

  2. Being a native of New Mexico, I always heard references to this book growing up I saw it in libraries, on recommended reading lists but never picked it up I finally decided to read it after being transplanted to CA and was a little homesick and wanted to read something that would bring me closer to home This is one of the books I reread every now and then because it brings my own childhood closer to me and reminds me of the sense of self in a small community like the one in Bless Me Ultima.I thi [...]

  3. Actual rating 2.5 stars.This is a hard review to write I read Bless Me, Ultima because it is frequently challenged, often banned, sometimes even burned I read it because it has been banished from Tucson classrooms and school libraries I read it because I live in a majority Mexican American community in a part of Arizona that until relatively recently was still part of the state of Sonora, Mexico And I read it because many readers have praised it.Anaya wrote his novel in 1972 Copies were confisca [...]

  4. How do I begin writing a review for this book I guess I ll start with a story of how I came to read Bless Me Ultima and why I ended up reading it again in recent considerations 2013.I read Bless Me Ultima for the first time in my AP Literature and Composition class My teacher at the time had a list of books we could choose to do reports on and this was one of the choices that jumped out at me It also surprised me that it was banned from many curriculum in different schools and districts wasn t b [...]

  5. Post listen reviewIf you like really poetic and flowery language to describe the most mundane of details then this is the book for you This book has murder, revenge, redemption, witchcraft and school bullies in it yet it was able to pretty much bore me the entire time.Now I know that some people really enjoy a poetic book and I think that in some stories it works very well but in my opinion this is not one of them The story centers around a boy named Antonio who is struggling with faith and fami [...]

  6. Bless Me, Ultima is set in a small village on the edge of the plains the llano of New Mexico during the 1940s It is a coming of age novel from the Hispanic perspective Six year old Antonio must grapple with many conflicts as he strives to grow into a man in a multi faith, multi cultural setting.Antonio has been born into a Catholic family and looks forward to his first Communion, but he has many questions about his natal faith Paganism is native to this area of the Southwest and Antonio finds mu [...]

  7. This is a delightful story written by a Mexican American who is widely read, Rudolfo Anaya The book won the Premio Quinto Sol, national Chicano literary award It is the story of six year old Antonio Marez who bonds with Ultima, a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic Under the guidance of this wise woman, Antonio examines family ties that bind him and tear him apart and discovers himself in the magical past Antonio is strongly influenced by the church, a curandera named Ultima, witches, [...]

  8. Reaction I thought thatwas a wonderfully creative novel Also, I felt like I got lucky when I picked this from the A.P God s reading list, beacuse it was a very moving book Usually when I read a novel I tend to not finish them on account of a schedule filled with numerous other things As for this book, I actually was engaged and determined to finish As a whole the book was a rather quick one to finish and easy on the brain in terms of comprehension for following the stroy, plot, etc.earned 4 out [...]

  9. An encounter with a good book is occasionally as mystical as the story within it As I prepared to move to New Mexico, several people told me I had to read Bless Me, Ultima I had never heard of it.Then, during the Great Yard Sale, it happened I spread my books out over several tables and crates, saying goodbye to hundreds of comrades who had been with me for so long And there, on the top of a box that I could have sworn were all cookbooks I was letting go of, I saw Rudolfo Anaya s novel.What can [...]

  10. From my mother I had learned that man is of the earth, that his clay feet are part of the ground that nourishes him, and that this is the inextricable mixture that gives man his measure of safety and security Because man plants in the earth he believes in the miracle of birth, and he provides a home for his family, and he builds a church to preserve his faith and the soul that is bound to his flesh, his clay But from my father and Ultima I had learned that the greater immortality is in the freed [...]

  11. I found this to be one of those books where the ending was stronger than the beginning But it could also be argued that the narrator, Tony matured and thus the depth of his storytelling developed as well A quick trip to New Mexico prompted me to dust off this shelf sitter Glad I had it on hand There s nothing like being able to mesh your reading with your vacation Can t say I experienced Tony s culture, but I was certainly able to place myself in the setting and love that child character If onl [...]

  12. This is a beautifully written coming of age story that I listened to as an unabridged audiobook I don t typically seek out this sort of book but the blurbage from the SYNC program caught my eye last summer and, well, it was free and I m all about the free.I regret reading many a book but my only regret here is that it took me a full year to actually take the time to listen to Bless Me, Ultima It tells the story of a young boy named Antonio Tony whose family takes in an elder named Ultima, as is [...]

  13. Bless Me, Ultima is the story of a young boy s coming of age within a cultural tapestry that includes Spanish, Mexican, and Native American influences, and in which many of the major cultural forces conflict with one another The young boy, Antonio M rez, must navigate a number of conflicts between farmers and cowboys, Spanish and indigenous peoples, and English speaking and Spanish speaking peoples that collectively structured the cultural life in rural New Mexico during the 1940s The novel is a [...]

  14. This novel is the current One Book, One Boulder, so at first I thought I was reading it for class Then, once I reminded myself for the fourth time that I did not have to read the book if I didn t want to combined with a stimulating conversation I had with a co worker, I was inspired to stick with it, and was rewarded for doing so in the end One of those books that just kept getting better, plus Anaya is an excellent writer This book was also banned by a high school in CO, prompting a sit in orga [...]

  15. I read Bless me, Utltima as part of the Big Read going on in my city As a naturalist, I enjoyed the natural thread that runs through the book The novel s story line takes place in New Mexico just after World War II and follows the maturation of grade schooler Antonio, the youngest son in the M rez family As Tony ages, he witnesses several tragic events and is forced to deal with complicated moral issues He also must choose between the agrarian, devout heritage of his mother and the largely lawle [...]

  16. Wow What a stunningly beautiful book I hope to reread this someday just for the descriptions of the natural world Ultima may now be one of my most favorite fictional charactersoh and how I wish I knew about her In many ways she reminded me of my own grandmother I love the way she listened to the earth and I loved her for her quiet strength Antonio reminded me so much of myself and the questions I began asking a young age, the questions I still ask I loved Antonio for his awe in the face of beau [...]

  17. Five stars are not enough for this timeless classic I would give it one hundred stars if I could Bless Me Ultima is one of those tales, part coming of age story, part magical realism, that I could read time and time again and never grow tired of It never fails to touch me deep in my soul.

  18. In the novel Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, One of the main character, Ultima is accused many times of being a witch Ultima is a curandera who use herb and medicine to cures people She goes to live with Antonio Marez, a young boy who lives in the illano with his parents and two sisters due to the fact that she cannot live by herself and had nowhere to stay Although many people think she is a witch, her use of herbs, medicine, and scapular show that she is merely just a curandera With her use [...]

  19. I was very moved by this book Antonio s journey to coming of age was fraught with danger, violence, and deeply spiritual questions I fell into Antonio s world and had a hard time pulling myself out of it His family, friends, and especially, Ultima profoundly affected him, and in turn made me think and ask questions There were parts of the story that were stressful to read, but it was definitely worth it.

  20. Bless me another way If this book i had to read for classI would drop the class It s good for the most part but is bogged down with a lot of unnecessary imagery and words.

  21. This novel of a childhood at the edge of New Mexico s Llano Estacado, or Staked Plain, is as good as anything I have read this year and I have read a lot of good books Different from many other childhood memoirs, Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya does not merely tell of a series of childhood events, but of a war between the forces of good and the forces of evil.Antonio Marez lives in a world in which there is the Catholic Church, but there are also brujos and brujas warlocks and witches , but al [...]

  22. Rudolpho Anaya s, Bless Me, Ultima, is considered a classic of Chicano literature The book is set in New Mexico in the 1940 s during World War II The story is told from the point of view of a six year old boy The book is a coming of age story of Antonio, as he struggles with identity issues, direction for the future, and tragedies in his life Tony is torn between two worlds the world of his mother and the world of his father His mother wants him to grow up and be an educated priest something non [...]

  23. Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me, Ultima Tonatiuh, 1972 Bless Me, Ultima has gotten itself a lot of attention over the past decade or so It seems like every time the book makes it onto a school reading list, someone, somewhere, challenges it It s ironic that the book also landed on Laura Bush s list of the ten best novels for people of all ages, since the ones who challenge books are oftentimes the same ones who follow mindless, slavish devotion to the Bush regime That s the sort of thing that attracts m [...]

  24. A masterpiece of storytelling Incredible pacing and evocative scene construction The final pages were read through tears What it is about the relationship dynamic of an old woman and a young boy that I respond to so viscerally Berenice Sadie Brown nd John Henry West in The Member of the Wedding, Miss Sook and Buddy in Capote s A Christmas Memory, Mrs Oldknow and Tolly in The Children of Green Knowe and Luke and Grandmamma in Dahl s The Witches It touches me to my core Ultima and Antonio have joi [...]

  25. This book will make the synapses in your brains tingle It is powerfully imaginative, lyrical, and has unforgettable characters The episodes contained within the plot are exciting and suspenseful This coming of age story is so rich and beautiful that it makes me feel sorry for today s children, whose worlds are not nearly as vivid, and whose lives appear shallow by comparison When she came the beauty of the llano unfolded before my eyes, and the gurgling waters of the river sang to the hum of the [...]

  26. I first read this novel when in high school and remember being swept into the magical world of Antonio, a young boy whose life is forever by curandera Ultima When reading this, I can almost imagine sitting in front of a camp fire while the tale is being told to me Sadly, I didn t like it as much this time as I did as a 14 year old For one thing, the protagonist feels just too old He speaks almost too wisely for a 9 year old Perhaps a way to look at it is as a man telling the story of his childho [...]

  27. I read this book aloud to my husband while we were on vacation in New Mexico it was a recommendation of a woman working at Collected Works in Santa Fe I loved that we got to read it while traveling in that landscape Beyond that, I appreciated Antonio s accessible and incisive treatment of the inherent practical what will I do and intellectual what do I believe conflicts of growing up I think I would have found a great deal of solace in this book if I had read it in junior high.My husband wants t [...]

  28. This was the Big Read this year The language was filled with the F word in both English and Spanish The brother visited the whore house on a regular basis God had no real power, but the power to bring guilt and fear He couldn t even bring as much comfort as a golden carp in a river BUT the healer who used voodoo and dark magic, could perform miracles with her good magic I cringe to think that some schools across the nations used this as reading in their curriculum Who chooses these books The onl [...]

  29. So this is one of those free audiobooks I got from Sync YA Literature I really don t know that it s a book that I would have otherwise picked up but I m glad I did I found it to be a very interesting coming of age story I thoroughly appreciate the way that Anaya blended myth and legend with reality and also the Spanish and English languages It was a very interesting and well written book.

  30. Bless me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya is a powerful story of a young boy named Antonio who is trying to find his identity in a Mexican American community He faces many difficult situations that begin to change his perspective on life, his culture, and his family s traditions He is confronted by many expectations from his family members and has to make difficult decisions that a normal boy should not be making One of the most difficult is of choosing whether or not to follow his maternal bloodline an [...]

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