This book just wasn't for me. This is a hard review to write. I read Bless Me, Ultima because it is frequently challenged, often banned, sometimes even burned.
Ultima was first published in by a small press, then grew in popularity through the decades — and has been the subject of banning at schools due to profanity. The book has been made into a movie that will be released this year. The book is told through the eyes of 6-year-old Antonio Marez, who lives in rural New Mexico with his family in the s.
His mother wants him to become a priest, hoping for a more stable life than his brothers and some of the other villagers.
The family invites Ultima, an elderly curandera, to live with them and she makes an instant connection with Antonio. Antonio begins having visions as his town experiences some tough situations — including a shooting he witnesses.
Some townspeople are angry at Ultima, accusing her of being a bruja who places curses on others. But Ultima also heals people.
As he undergoes his First Communion, Antonio begins to question his Catholic faith. I had been thinking how the medicine of the doctors and of the priest had failed. In my mind I could not understand how the power of God had failed.
Anaya also balances the dramatic passages with funny scenes at a Christmas pageant and Holy Communion. Bless Me, Ultima features some of the most prominent elements of Latino literature and the universal themes such as the importance of family and the toughness of growing up. More about Rudolfo Anaya: He went on to write many other books, including Alburquerque and the Sonny Baca mystery seriesand he is considered the father of the Chicano literary movement.
I checked this book out of the library. This is the first in my series of reviews of great Latino novels.
The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges.Classic book review: Rudolfo Anaya’s “Bless Me, Ultima” It’s easy to see why Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima has become one of Latino literature’s greatest classics and a well-read book in the classroom.
Nov 16, · Anaya shows the need to support your family in a very realistic family setting for the time period of the book. Anaya also put New Mexico on the literature map of the world with Bless Me, Ultima.
This is a big contributor to it being an A-list book, before Anaya not very many phenomenal books came from New Mexico. Jul 25, · Rudolfo Anaya Interview Bless Me, Ultima Movie - Duration: Book Review and Discussion: Bless Me, Ultima! - Duration: Richard Bailey 84, views.
Bless Me, Ultima Only a few books dare to discuss the confusion surrounded by a religious awakening. In Bless Me, Ultima, Richard A. Anaya, challenges standard religion and brings in differnet ideas through the perspective of a young and confused boy.
Classic book review: Rudolfo Anaya’s “Bless Me, Ultima” It’s easy to see why Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima has become one of Latino literature’s greatest classics and a well-read book in the classroom.
Bless Me, Ultima is about the social-psychological maturation of a Mexican-American, or Chicano, boy living on the eastern plains of New Mexico during the s. The novel begins with Ultima, a curandera, or folk healer, going to live with the Márez family during the summer that Antonio is six years old.
Bless Me, Ultima is a novel by Rudolfo A. Anaya that was first published in Jul 25, · Rudolfo Anaya Interview Bless Me, Ultima Movie - Duration: Book Review and Discussion: Bless Me, Ultima! - Duration: Richard Bailey 84, views. At the end of the novel, on her deathbed, Ultima treats Antonio as her spiritual heir, asking him to bury the owl that has symbolized her life force throughout the book. Though Ultima dies, her spirit and her influence will guide Antonio throughout his life.