Anaya, Rudolfo: Bless Me Ultima

Warner Publishing, 1994 ISBN 0-446-60025-3

This is from the jacket description: "Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. She is *curandera*, one who cures with herbs and magic. Under her wise wing, Tony will probe the family ties that bind and rend him, and he will discover himself in the magical secrets of the pagan past--a mythic legacy as palpable as the Catholicism of Latin America. And at each life turn there is Ultima, who delivered Tony into the world....and will nurture the birth of his soul."

I loved this book, both magical and down to earth. The author so draws you in that you almost become Antonio...This is a wonderful book for young men too, a real rite of passage story, and what I really liked is that is is truly a story of American paganism, our melding of cultures and our wonderful opportunity to draw from those many cultures to create our own particular flavor of paganism in this's an exerpt...

"Her eyes swept the surrounding hills and through them I saw for the first time the wild beauty of our hills and the magic of the green river. My nostrils quivered as I felt the song of the mockingbirds and the drone of the grasshoppers mingle with the pulse of the earth. The four directions of the ILANO met in me, and the whit sun shone on my soul...."

Review by An Dream {{{{{ thank you! }}}}}