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The Hummingbird's Daughter (2005)

by Luis Alberto Urrea

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Urrea spent two decades researching the “history” of his distant relative – Teresa Urrea, the Saint of Cabora and “Joan of Arc” de Mexico.

This fictionalized biography of Teresa has many fantastical elements. She was a curandera and known to have prophetic dreams, as well as the healer’s gift. Even as a young girl she was in demand as a midwife because she could ease the mothers’ pains.

Urrea clearly loves the subject and writes poetically. There is a large cast of characters, though, and the reader should pay attention. But, then again, these stories have been told around campfires and kitchen tables for more than a century and who knows where the truth ends and the legend begins? The result, however, is that some characters appear without reason and disappear rather suddenly. Whatever happened to Millan? What happened to Gaby? What about Loreto? And, really, what happened to Teresa for the rest of her life?

Urrea uses a lot of Spanish in the text, as well as some indigenous Indian words. He tends to translate the latter, but not the former, so the non-Spanish speaking reader will be at a distinct disadvantage.

Like most folk tales, the book has more than its share of humor, as well as tragedy, suffering, and larger-than-life magic. It is a quintessentially Mexican story. ( )
  BookConcierge | Mar 5, 2016 |
This book was everything one wants in a book, history, love, passion, holiness. I recommend this to anyone who want to lose themselves in the past and dream of a future. ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jan 30, 2016 |
This book was everything one wants in a book, history, love, passion, holiness. I recommend this to anyone who want to lose themselves in the past and dream of a future. ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jan 30, 2016 |
This book was everything one wants in a book, history, love, passion, holiness. I recommend this to anyone who want to lose themselves in the past and dream of a future. ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jan 30, 2016 |
This book was everything one wants in a book, history, love, passion, holiness. I recommend this to anyone who want to lose themselves in the past and dream of a future. ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jan 30, 2016 |
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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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On the cool October morning when Cayetana Chavez brought her baby to light, it was the start of that season in Sinaloa when humid torments of summer finally gave way to breezes and falling leaves, and small red birds skittered through the corrals, and the dogs grew new coats.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316154520, Paperback)

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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