Thursday, February 23, 2006

Book review

Well more of a recommendation really .It is hard to find unusual books and we are not exactly big fans of Jane Austen here. In fact we find a lot of English literature rather dull . We had a fairly good secondhand bookshop and one wonderful day ( I must have been around 9) we found a collection of excerpts of Hispanic- American authors. Mum fell instantly in love when one of the quotes was from a book about a boy who noticed that everyone said he came from the "lower" part of town .He had to ask his mum why because geographically they were not in a low area . After that she started looking up authors and found Rudolfo Anaya ( probably considered radical in the U.S ) anyhow today I shall tell you a little about "Bless Me Ultima"
It is set in New Mexico during W.W.11 . The blurb on the back will give you a good idea "Antonio Marez is six-years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico .She is a "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 hinself in the magical secrets of the Pagan past -a mythic legacy as palpable as the Catholicisim of Latin-America ( note imposed by the Spanish .H.C ) .And at each life turn there is Ultima ,who delivered Tony into the World and will nurture the birth of his soul.
Professor Anaya has written books for adults too ,"Alburqueque" is Mum's favourite.


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