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Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
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May 13, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy

I first heard of this book from The Big Read. Now that I have read it, I wonder how such a beautiful and amazing book could escape so many people's attention. This may be one of the most under rated books I've ever read. Six year old Antonio is questioning his world and is taken under the wings of Ultima, a curandera who lives with his family. What entails is a both a simple story in plot and a complex one in themes that has Antonio wondering about Gods, good and evil, and his future role in the world. Antonio may seem a bit too smart for his years at some times but the tale rings true about boyhood in a isolated area of rural New Mexican farmland that is slowly catching up with post-war modernism. This is the working class empathy of Steinbeck combined with the magical realism of Latin American literature. Truly a classic of later 20th century literature.

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