The only reason I made myself finish this book is because I knew that some of our young people were also being made to read it and I wanted to know what to say if anyone asked me about it. This novel portrays a slice of Chicano culture and rural life; reading it is like being given a glimpse of a certain time and place that seems very special in many ways. No one knows the answer, but is a good thing to ponder. The most-often cited reason is that it contains profanity, violence, and sexuality. It was my second reading of the title at that time, and I was as entranced the second time as I was the first.
There were times that I went to bed feeling so numb from the commentary my experience was primarily verbal bullying that I could not cry. I hope to reread this someday just for the descriptions of the natural world. It sang to me the night my brothers came home from the war, and in my dreams I sometimes saw it guiding their footsteps as they stumbled through the dark streets of their distant cities. In the first dream, it mentions of another power, describing it as the presence of the river. The author uses the dream as a way to access the recurring themes of the book. I love the way she listened to the earth and I loved her for her quiet strength.
In the book when Ultima moves in with the Marez family, an owl follows. His grandmother is a healer that is seen as a witch in his community. I have seen this book around. 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. You'll be reading but pondering over the symbols in your mind. What insight can I add to the banks of book reports written by students forced to read this by wise teachers? Antonio is strongly influenced by the church, a curandera named Ultima, witch This is a delightful story written by a Mexican-American who is widely read, Rudolfo Anaya.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I recommend you to read this book because it has some drama, and magic in it. I liked this quite a bit. Summer 1945 Ultima comes to live with the Márez family. No idea if it is any good but the last book I was listening to recommended this one so I hope it will be good. One by one, Ultima encounters and breaks a spell, increasing Antonio's respect and curiosity of Ultima's powers.
I was drawn into the story. I was at the river, and I heard someone calling my name. . If so, can anyone truly call their lives their own? According to a Nobel Speech made by Gabriel Garcia Marquez an While not mysterious, I believe Bless Me, Ultima does have an interesting origin story. In the book Bless me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya, Anaya illustrates the idea that people must choose for themselves because it is what they want and not what others want them to be. This becomes a main part of the book, since….
His native tongue is Spanish. In Antonio's mind as well, he could see it as a guiding spirit, because it provided a sense of hope and longing. This just pushes Tony to question his faith even more. I give it an extra half-star for Robert Ramirez's well-presented narration of it in the audio version. This book has murder, revenge, redemption, witchcraft and school bullies in it yet it was able to pretty much bore me the entire time. I read Bless Me, Ultima because it is frequently challenged, often banned, sometimes even burned.
Although many people think she is a witch, her use of herbs, medicine, and scapular show that she is merely just a curandera. 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. As Tony ages, he witnesses several tragic events and is forced to deal with complicated moral issues. He learns the English language and Anglo culture at school and is such a quick learner that he is promoted directly from first to third grade after his first year at school. I had to pray an Act of Contrition for his departing soul, like I prayed for Lupito. He is fascinated with everything related to Ultima.
When his brothers ask him to save them they also know the power of the carp. Antonio did not change simply because he aged throughout the duration of the novel, but due to experiences he encountered that influenced his changes. A fellow book club reader stated she would have liked to have read this in a class with a professor to fill in some of the things she may have missed due to cultural or time period differences and I heartily agree with that sentiment. The book won the Premio Quinto Sol, national Chicano literary award. It made me shiver, not because it was cold but because the roots of everything I had ever believed in seemed shaken. Six year old Antonio must grapple with many conflicts as he strives to grow into a man in a multi-faith, multi-cultural setting. It is a powerful force, full of magic and myth, integral to his writings.
Througout his years he experienced many… Bless Me, Ultima is about a young boy, Antonio, telling the story of his coming-of-age with the guidance of his Ultima or grandmother. In the book Bless Me, Ultima, Ultima is an old woman who was invited to stay at our protagonist house, Antonio, to live the remainder years of her life with the Marez family. Antonio's parents are opposed in their backgrounds and in their visions and aspirations; religions are opposed in their viewpoints and demands on the individual; cosmic forces are opposed in the forms of good and evil; and forms of nature are opposed in their dry and fertile manifestations. That said, I don't personally put one's experiences of pain or hardship on a scale to rank or juxtapose against others, but rather I recognize the situations themselves, the origin, their impact on said person s , and how to translate them. The young boy, Antonio Márez, 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. There are many things happening in this book.
This is a hard review to write. Anaya wrote his novel in 1972. Usually when I read a novel I tend to not finish them on account of a schedule filled with numerous other things. Ultima may now be one of my most favorite fictional characters. It is the story of six-year-old Antonio Marez who bonds with Ultima, a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic. I could not have been more entranced if I had seen the Virgin, or God Himself… I felt my body trembling as I saw the bright golden form disappear.