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Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
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Aug 27, 11

bookshelves: latino-author, teen, adult-fiction

** spoiler alert ** less Me Ultima, is a coming of age novel by Rudolfo Anaya, that is focus around Antonio, a young boy, that is torn between two worlds, as his mother wants him to become a priest and his dad wanting to be like his people of the llano that roam and work the land. As he seeks his path, a curandera named Ultima, comes to stay with his family. Soon Tony, becomes very close to Ultima, as he starts to be mentored by her. Ultima gives Tony guidance to help him navigate difficult situations like his parents' conflicting expectations, his first days of school, and the death of two of his friends. Though he is only six years old, Ultima's guidance makes him wise beyond his years, and in the end, when Ultima is killed, Antonio realizes that her spirit - in the form of her owl - will be with him forever.
Rudolfo Anaya’s theme of the coming of age is heavily presented in Bless Me Ultima, not only with the main character, Tony, but also with other support characters. For Tony, not finding God when he does the first communion makes him question his belief, especially when he witnesses was the curandera, Ultima, can accomplish with her powers. One of Tony’s friends, Horse, who is a young boy that always races across the bridge, changes as he becomes older as one day Tony actually beats him across, but when Toy turns around he notices that Horse never ran, because he was walking with a girl. Tony’s older brother goes against his family values and seeks out the company of a woman at a local brothel. All these characters experience things that chip away at their innocence, which they can never get back. I believe that many young people would relate well to this book because it depicts a journey that many of us have taken, even though people take their own paths, we still end up as grown ups.
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