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Amigos Book Club "Bendíceme Última" Session 2 of 4

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The Amigos Book Club meets at Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 S. Palm Ave.and CreArte Latino, 8251 15th St. East, Airport Mall.

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The Amigos Book Club meets at Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL and CreArte Latino, 8251 15th St. East, Airport Mall Plaza, Suite L, Sarasota, Florida. Meetings alternate between locations, all meetings are at 6:00 p.m. We will be discussing Bendíceme Última by Rudolfo Anaya.

Meetings dates are:

  • May 13: Bookstore1Sarasota
  • May 27: CreArte Latino
  • June 10: Bookstore1Sarasota
  • June 24: CreArte Latino

El Club de Lectura Amigos Book Club es una asociación cultural entre CreArte Latino y Bookstore1, que busca promover la lectura de libros en español entre las diferentes comunidades interesadas en la literatura hispana y en el aprendizaje y perfeccionamiento del idioma.

The Amigos Book Club is a cultural association between CreArte Latino and Bookstore1 that seeks to promote reading books in Spanish among the different communities interested in Hispanic literature and the improvement of the Spanish language.

Purchase of the book at Bookstore1 or at our online store required for participation. Se requiere la compra del libro en Bookstore1 o en nuestra tienda online para participar.

Descripción/Description Bendíceme Última / Bless Me, Ultima:

Bendíceme, Última,de Rudolfo Anaya, trata sobre el orgullo y la asimilación, la fe y la duda. El verano antes de que Antonio Juan Márez y Luna cumpla siete años, una anciana curandera se vaa vivir con su familia. Hay algo de mágico y místico en la historia de Anaya sobre el viaje hacia la adultez en el Nuevo México de después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. La novela retrata un mundo en el que la vida cotidiana todavía está impregnada de sueños, leyendas, plegarias e idiosincrasia.

Bendíceme, Última es una novela sobre la pérdida de inocencia de un muchacho y su camino hacia la madurez. Pero también trata los temas de la tradición y la educación, de la fe y la duda, y del bien y el mal. Y si Antonio no encuentra una verdad absoluta ensu bÚsqueda, llega a creer con su padre que “a veces toma toda una vida para adquirir la comprensión, el entendimiento, porque al final la comprensión significa sencillamente sentir amor por la gente”.

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First published in 1972, this semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age novel is one of the most critically acclaimed Chicano novels of all time. Set in rural New Mexico in the 1940s, the novel tells the story of a boy who learns to navigate the changing American landscape during World War II with the help of a curandera (spiritual healer) who guides him through the cultural, religious, and moral contradictions he faces in his community of farmers, priests, cowboys, and soldiers. Like his protagonist, National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellow Rudolfo Anaya grew up in a New Mexico community heavily influenced by both Catholicism and spiritual healers, with a vaquero (cowboy) father and three older brothers who went off to war in their youth. Anaya is an “extraordinary storyteller” that has “always written unpretentiously but provocatively about identity. Every work is a fiesta, a ceremony preserving but reshaping old traditions that honor the power within the land and la raza, the people”

Bless Me, Ultima is a coming-of-age novel about a young boy's loss of innocence and approach to maturity. But it also deals with tradition and education, faith and doubt, and good and evil. And if Antonio doesn't find an absolute truth in his search, he still comes to believe with his father that "sometimes it takes a lifetime to acquire understanding, because in the end understanding simply means having a sympathy for people."

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Líder del club de lectura/Book Club Leader Claudia Lozano :

Since she was four years old, she learned to read under the guidance of her grandfather. She discovered the wonderful world that books opened in her mind. Today she declares herself as an accomplished reader. Claudia loves writing poetry because it amplifies emotions and gives them pulsation and cadence. She has participated in the meeting of poets and writers organized by the cultural organization El Alma Hispana in the city of West Palm Beach. She also participated in poetry readings in public libraries in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Claudia currently lives in the Bradenton-Sarasota area and alternate her interest in literature with her career as a psychotherapist.

Desde que tenía cuatro años, aprendió a leer bajo la guía de su abuelo. Ella descubrió el maravilloso mundo que los libros abrieron en su mente. Hoy se declara como una lectora consumada. A Claudia le encanta escribir poesía porque amplifica las emociones y les da compás y cadencia. Ha participado en la reunión de poetas y escritores organizados por la organización cultural El Alma Hispana en la ciudad de West Palm Beach. También participó en lecturas de poesía en bibliotecas públicas en los condados de Broward y Palm Beach. Claudia vive en el área de Bradenton-Sarasota y alterna su interés por la literatura con su carrera como psicoterapeuta.

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