Bless Me, Ultima

  • by Rudolfo Anaya
  • Narrated by Robert Ramirez
  • 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With hundreds of thousands of copies in print, Bless Me, Ultima has been called the most widely read Mexican-American novel in the English language. Richly evocative, it has earned its place among the classics of modern literature, even drawing favorable comparisons to Herman Melville's legendary Moby Dick.

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What the Critics Say

"Besides winning the Premio Quinto Sol national Chicano literary award, this novel of a young boy in New Mexico in the 1940s has sold more than 300,000 copies in paperback since its 1973 debut....LJ's reviewer asserted that 'the novel has warmth and feeling'." (Library Journal)

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Bless me for finishing this book.

Perhaps it is because I am not of Latin or Hispanic descent, or perhaps I am the wrong age, but I had a very hard time with many aspects of this book. The tirades about religion went on too long while there was not enough character development of Ultima. She was much more interesting than Antonio but we really do not find out much about her. This surprised me since her name is in the title.
I did not enjoy the tales of teenage boys spitting and pissing and having epileptic fits and being cruel and unthinking toward each other. Perhaps I am too old to appreciate a "coming of age" book. I also thought the use of vernacular perpetuates the use of bad grammar and poor English. I do not think this sets a good example for young people.
The narrator did well and I found it to be easy listening; it was the story that I did not like.
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- Padma devi

Mysticism, Catholicism, Naturalism

This is one of the books that establishes the "mystic" tradition in Latino culture - along with Castaneda's Don Juan books. I've always thought that this aspect of Mexican/Mexican American culture is overemphasized. However, this book wraps the mysticism around an entertaining plot that builds slowly to a dramatic denoument. The ending binds up all of the book's spiritual themes into an epiphany of sorts. Certainly an essential part of any anthology onthe American Southwest.
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- Clodhopper "I'm a geologist and I use Audible books to while away long hours on the road... My pickup truck is my reading room!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-17-2007
  • Publisher: Recorded Books