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The Hummingbird's Daughter (2005)

by Luis Alberto Urrea

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I really enjoyed this book. It is It is a fictionalized account of the real life of Teresita Urrea, who lived in Mexico in the late 1800s. She had healing powers and the gift of clairvoyancy, and was known as the Saint of Cabora. She was seen as a rebel by both the Mexican government and some higher ups of the Catholic church, although she preached much about the teachings of Jesus.

There were a number of things I really liked about this book. I loved the differing perspectives of the characters that were newly arrived Europeans, those of European descent who had been in Mexico for generations, and the indigenous people. There were a few passages that were interesting perspectives on the unique blend of religion and culture.

I loved the depiction of Teresita in the novel. Towards the end of the novel she was spiritual and profound, but well balanced with wit and humor. I really liked some of her techniques of active non-violence towards the end of the novel as well.

Overall, a very good read. ( )
  klburnside | Aug 11, 2015 |
Excellent book. Very happy read. ( )
  shazjhb | Apr 19, 2015 |
This book is beautifully written and I had the added pleasure of listening to the unabridged audiobook read by the author. This meant that each Mexican name or word was perfectly pronounced and the pace and timing of the poetic prose was set forth before me just as it was intended to be heard. As Urrea explains in an interview, this book is a blend of nonfiction (years and years of research), poetry and storytelling. This exquisite combination brings Teresita, soon to become the Saint of Cabora, magically to life in Nineteenth Century Mexico. ( )
  kellifrobinson | Nov 24, 2014 |
Luis Alberto Urrea weaves a story around the life of his ancestor, Teresa Urrea, sometimes called the "Saint of Cabora." Teresita is an interesting character and her fictionalized growth from precocious child to confident woman is nicely described and her transformation into healer/saint is a fascinating one, especially when you know it's based on historical documents. The only quibble I have is a small one and is perhaps because the writer is a relative: he doesn't fully get under the skin of his characters - perhaps because he's too concerned with imagining what they were actually like, rather than making them fully fictional. He may have gotten closer to Santa Teresita had he let go a little more of fact and made her more fiction. Nevertheless, it's a great story of a truly fascinating person living in an interesting time and place, one I now want to know more about. ( )
1 vote -Eva- | Mar 23, 2014 |
I may have been predisposed to really love this book, as I harbor an interest in Latin American history and literature. This story, based on a real person in the author's family history, is loaded with a palpable sense of the mixed up colors, natures and faiths that result from the collision of indigenous cultures and European colonials. It's a complex emotional story and no one is the bad guy, save maybe the administration of Porfirio Diaz. Like many stories of Latin America, it has its magical realist elements. One thing this book really got right was conveyed in a particularly moving way: Teresita's sense of god in everything and a very, very sincere faith. For a reader who is also a major doubter, the author managed to get it right. Can't wait to pick up the sequel! ( )
  karrinina | Nov 13, 2013 |
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Truth is everything. Of truth I have no fear. In truth I see no shame. -- Teresita Urrea
Truth, for tyrants, is the most terrible and cruel of all bindings: it is like an incandescent iron falling across their chests. And it is even more agonizing than hot iron, for that only burns the flesh, with Truth burns its way into the soul. -- Lauro Aguirre
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The prizewinning writer Luis Alberto Urrea's long-awaited novel is an epic mystical drama of a young woman's sudden sainthood in late 19th-century Mexico.It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream--a dream that she has died. Only it was not a dream. This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from death with a power to heal--but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the Saint of Cabora.THE HUMMINGBIRD?S DAUGHTER is a vast, hugely satisfying novel of love and loss, joy and pain. Two decades in the writing, this is the masterpiece that Luis Alberto Urrea has been building up to.

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When sixteen-year-old Teresita, the illegitimate daughter of a late-nineteenth-century rancher, arises from death possessing the power to heal, she is declared a saint and finds her faith tested by the impending Mexican civil war.

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