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Bless Me

next in line is Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima. when i started to read it, knowing that it deals with magic, i immediately thought of Eliade. but these two authors share nothing in common, especially when it comes to style. only, perhaps, the idea that the sacred elements of life are deeply hidden in the profane ones and are waiting to be discovered, revealed.

what i have noticed from the beginning of the novel is the fact that the author seems to deliberately explain every single detail to us. he exposes his culture with all its customs and beliefs and translates them to us; he translates the meaning hidden behind the tradition (the past) of his culture.

one event following another, we join Antonio in action; we accompany him in his journey of initiation and we, too, feel the protective soul of Ultima. Like every protagonist of a bildungsroman (or a rite-of-passage novel), Antonio experiences an epiphany: "Take the llano and the river valley, the moon and the sea, God and t…