Bless Me, Ultima Study Guide

Bless Me, Ultima Study Guide

Original title:
Bless Me, Ultima
April 1st 1999 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1972)
United States of America New Mexico (United States)
ISBN 0446675369 (ISBN13: 9780446675369)

“Bless Me, Ultima” is a book written in 1972 by Rudolfo Anaya. It is a leading piece of literature in the Chicano literary genre. The story might not be the reader’s first choice among the coming-of-age books selection, but it is definitely the best fit for discovering the multicultural aspect of the globalized world. It is rich in special language mix, vivid descriptions of the nature and lifestyle in New Mexico, examples of unique rituals and customs.

The author of the book is a native of an ethnic group in the USA, called Chicano, which has a mix of American and Mexican origins. The plot is his story and memories of his childhood, his family, his surroundings both on the outside and inside of his own soul.

Imagine an old town that breathes its soul with every wind movement, that can be crossed in a couple of minutes, yet it is so big that it’s easy to get lost there. It's mysterious just like an aged sorceress Ultima who knows the story of each and every herb that grown around. The lady is followed by her friend owl who represents a continuation of her soul and mind. The author grows a special kind of connection with the lady and she teaches him many valuable lessons.

Some might complain that the book doesn’t have a defined plot, a developed character list or a particular idea. But neither does the life when the person tries to discover it in the very moment of its happening. The author managed to emerge the reader into the confusion and uncertainty of daily life of a boy who goes back and forth between different religions, values, and ideas.

After publishing, “Bless Me, Ultima” was then followed by two more books that serve as the continuation of the same ideas and writing style. Rudolfo Anaya has received numerous awards and prestigious nominations and made the whole world talk about a new era in American literature. It’s time you discovered it yourself!

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