Bless Me, Ultima

Bless Me, Ultima

The Classic Novel

Paperback - 1999
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Chronicles the story of an alienated New Mexico boy who seeks an answer to his questions about life in his relationship with Ultima, a magical healer.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 1999.
Edition: First Hachette Book Group Trade Edition.
ISBN: 9780446675369
Characteristics: xi, 290 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 12, 2020

Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya, is an amazing coming of age story about a young boy named Antonio who is mentored by his loving cuaderna, Ultima. Anaya does an amazing job of portraying the loving and caring Ultima, who appears to readers as similar to the biblical figure of Mother Mary, through her knowledge and compassion for young Antonio. Also, through reoccurring motifs, such as fish, readers are able to delve deeper into the persona of young Antonio and better understand the challenging experiences he faces on his journey to understanding himself. I rated this book a 4 out of 5 because of exciting and suspenseful events that Antonio faces keep readers on the edge of their seats the entire time. Anaya's eloquent style of writing makes the novel very comprehendible to readers and allows them to relate themselves to Antonio as he struggles to define himself in his everchanging world. I would highly recommend this novel to others while keeping in mind there are certain aspects of violence that readers may dislike

May 27, 2020

Very interesting book. Includes a lot about Catholic religion, but also Old customs & beliefs that are so not Catholosism!

May 16, 2020

Antonio, a six-year old Mexican boy, is approaching first communion in his farming village's church. He grapples with evil in the world, a force combatted by good people and a mystic aunt.

May 08, 2019

I found the review by slothsrule an excellent description of this classic 1972 book. I'd heard of it & wanted to 'listen' to this cultural depiction by a 'Chicano' writer of great esteem & respect. I wasn't disappointed in his portrayal of the young man changing to adulthood.

It is simplistic, not simple, & very descriptive of ancient beliefs are merged with christianity, not much different from the way christians merged pagan time periods into their own. Lack of capitalization intentional. I also chose the book due to interest of the authors name. While doing ancestry I found tracing Hispanic lines very difficult, i.e., Rodolfo Rodolfo. With a dictionary handy to help with words I didn't know I certainly learned some new ones I probably can't use. I think it helps to have an interest in another era, another culture unfamiliar with one's own & learn something new.

I think Bless Me, Ultima is a good book for teens to read. The novel was about a young boy named Antonio growing up and he witnessed the acts of both good and evil. I like what I read because I can relate to how growing up is difficult and reality can ruin the expectations.
- Jennifer, Age 16

Hillsboro_BarbaraO Nov 07, 2018

Seven year old, Antonio Márez learns valuable lessons from Ultima, the old "curandera" or folk healer who comes to stay with him and his family in their small house in Guadalupe, New Mexico in the mid-1940's.

Jan 24, 2018

Excellent. Nothing but praise for this book.

slothsrule Dec 30, 2015

A coming of age classic set in beautiful New Mexico depicting a young Mexican American boy and the dividing forces of his family and his love for a pagan healer named Ultima who comes to live with the family. The young boy Antionio experiences many beautiful and dark things in his boyhood. The story is poetic and beautifully written and took me to a time and place that I knew little about.

CMLibrary_JLytal Dec 12, 2015

This was truly a beautiful book. Anaya has a wonderful way of writing that makes the book come alive. He handles the complex interplay between ancient native traditions and the Catholic traditions that have become almost equally ingrained very well, despite presenting them through the eyes of child. This is one of my all time favorite books.

Apr 30, 2014

I can't imagine why anything in this book would gross anyone out. I think it was beautifully written. The main character is a young boy with an open heart, discovering his heritage & trying to embrace what is real as far as his religious/spiritual beliefs. Loved it!

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Jul 12, 2013

“Understanding comes with life. As a man grows he sees life and death, he is happy and sad, he works, plays, meets people - sometimes it takes a lifetime to acquire understanding, because in the end understanding simply means having sympathy for people. ”


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