”Bless me, Ultima” is a novel of a famous American author Rudolfo Anaya, the founder of contemporary Chicano literature. It was highly popular since the first publication and was used by teachers as a tool of making a multiculturalism conception within the class. The novel describes the Chicano culture in the 1940s in New Mexico. Some elements of landscapes, folks and other rituals give a reader a sense of being absorbed by the mystery of the story. "Bless Me, Ultima" was awarded with a Premio Quinto Sol. Later it became one of 12 most popular novels recommended for The Big Read. It is also considered to be one of those challenging books because of the adult language, some violent scenes and sexual content.
"Bless Me, Ultima" is a social-psychological story of a half Mexican, half American boy Antonio living on the picturesque plains in New Mexico in the 1940th. The novel begins with introducing Ultima a local healer and a wise member of the Chicano community. She is the spiritual guide for Antonio in his childhood. Ultima is aware of the ways of the indigenous spiritual practices over which she is master. Ultima knows the philosophy and the morality of the ancient peoples of New Mexico. It happened so, that Antonio gets under the supervision of old Ultima and then begins the inner struggle of the Tony’s identity. He becomes worried with the questions about the life and death, good and evil, his destiny. Sometimes, he gets confused and dissatisfied, however old Ultima always provides guidance when little Antonio loses confidence. She tells him stories and legends of ancestors, which help him to realize that the history of the old folk stirs in his blood and has an immersive impact. Thanks to Ultima, he started to understand the nature, its laws and relations with human. Tony discovers a chance of existing of other gods.
By the end of the novel, Tony has no illusions about his faith and he realizes that he didn’t achieve the knowledge he wanted. He starts to raise the question about the value of a church again, he concentrates on the God and the Virgin Mary and all in all he fails to find the answer. Nonetheless, he discovers a oneness with nature. He feels as he fits perfectly between the landscapes, river valley of the town, and there is no use to choose the way of living one over another. At last he finds the balance. “Take the llano and the river valley, the moon and the sea, God and the golden carp—and make something new... Papa, can a new religion be made?”
”Bless me, Ultima” is a novel of a famous American author Rudolfo Anaya, the founder of contemporary Chicano literature. It was highly popular since the first publication and was used by teachers as a tool of making a multiculturalism conception within the class. The novel describes the Chicano culture in the 1940s in New Mexico.