The Hummingbird's Daughter (2020)

The Hummingbird's Daughter Luis Alberto Urrea The Hummingbird s Daughter It is and civil war is brewing in Mexico A year old girl Teresita illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Dom Tomas Urrea wakes from the strangest dream a dre
  • Title: The Hummingbird's Daughter
  • Author: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • ISBN: 9780316013819
  • Page: 418
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The Hummingbird's Daughter Luis Alberto Urrea 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 Dom Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream a dream that she had died Only it was not a dream.
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  1. Perry

    Bella Melod a Mexicana de Santa de Cabor4.25 starsMexican author Urrea s mystical mural of a tale following a female saint, known as the Mexican Joan of Arc Everything the government does morally wrong Born the love child of a young wealthy Mexican rancher and a poor Indian girl named Hummingbird, who abandoned her shortly after birth, she was raped, beaten and apparently died at age 15 and came back to life.Thereafter, she has near messianic powers of healing as well as precognitive visions Dub [...]

  2. Joe

    This was an outstanding book in every measurable way great writing, great story, highly imaginative, and not shy in tackling substantive issues of life and death in turn of the century Mexico A professor once defined sublime as a combination of the beautiful and the horrible, and I think the Hummingbird s Daughter fits this definition to a t The story is both beautiful in its telling and horrifying in its description of the cruelty people bring to one another in pursuit of religion, nationalism, [...]

  3. Cara Lee

    The Hummingbird s Daughter quickly made my list of 25 favorite books ever Every one of the 20 years Luis Alberto Urrea spent on this story was worth it There are few books I consider perfect, and this is one Urrea deftly makes every word, comma, character nuance and plot twist seem straightforward and simple, yet there s so much going on here He takes the barely sketched history of his aunt Teresita the Saint of Cabora who helped inspire the Mexican revolution and breathes life into a brave, com [...]

  4. switterbug (Betsey)

    This is a phenomenal, picaresque story Teresa Teresita Urrea, the Hummingbird s daughter, possessed me, made me want to dig my bare feet in the earth and rub rose petals and lavender all over my body She is now my beloved hero of contemporary literature Strong, courageous, formidable, guileless, beautifully vulnerable, compassionate, quick witted, and luminescent, Teresa is a modern day saint without the dismal, pious sobriety of one She is like a noble iconoclast She hikes up her skirts and ri [...]

  5. Lisa Vegan

    I really slogged through this I m not sure why I had such a difficult time reading it I m glad that I did I ended up enjoying it but I wasn t wild about it It s well written, I liked some of the characters including Huila and Teresa many of the characters were interesting, although often infuriating I read as a skeptic but that shouldn t have detracted from my enjoyment as it hasn t with other similar themed books The book was disturbing, violent and depicted many atrocities that humans commit u [...]

  6. Lila

    This is a marvellous book that I would recommend to everyone who Is a fan of Magical RealismIs interested in Mexican HistoryIs intrigued by Catholic sainthood and Wants to learn about curanderas healers or medicine women Although parts of it, like descriptions of the extreme poverty, are very difficult to read, there is so much beauty in the book to balance it out This compelling novel is based on the real life person Teresa Urrea, who was the great aunt of the author Luis Alberto Urrea Urrea sp [...]

  7. Chrissie

    This review has been revised on completion Teresita, the Hummingbird s daughter, existed She is an acknowledged saint In this book you learn about her life in Mexico, until she was forced to leave at the age of 19 You learn about Mexico food, lifestyle, religious beliefs and customs and about the Mexican Civil War that took place in the last decade of the 1800s You learn about her role in this war Teresita was a distant cousin to the author Although based on known fact, it is a novel This book i [...]

  8. Richard Derus

    Rating an irritated single star.Someone needs to explain to me why this book is great I don t think it s even good It s The Song of Bernadette for the 21st century, written in prose as flat and featureless as the deserts it describes.So very, very, very not recommended.

  9. Zach

    The thing that struck me most about The Hummingbird s Daughter was its campfire quality I imagined it being told by a particularly gifted grandfather Urrea is no grandfather yet, but his pure storytelling ability is second to none He creates beautiful rhythms in simple language Each of his chapters is structured as its own little tale He dispenses comedy and heartbreak in equal measures And he doesn t hold back, trusting his natural instincts to tell the story as the story itself begs to be told [...]

  10. Deborah

    This book sucked me right in mostly because I loved the fact that Teresita, the young girl who becomes revered as a local saint in pre revolutionary Mexico, was actually a relative of the author, Urrea The way he imagines Teresita s life, and the lives of those around her, reminds me of hypertext you re reading along, absorbed in a great character whose thoughts and actions are totally unique and amusing and endearing and rage inspiring, and suddenly there s this whole other person branching off [...]

  11. Jill

    Certain authors excel at crafting gritty and realistic recreations of the world we live in others are expert at transforming our world into a magical and fantastical one Luis Alberto Urrea, in an astounding feat of alchemy, does both Within the novel s sprawling 499 pages, his depiction of Teresita Urrea his real life great aunt, anointed the Saint of Cabora becomes increasingly intoxicating and unputdownable.In a sprawling yet controlled epic, we meet Teresita the illegitimate daughter of a te [...]

  12. Jessica

    I still dream of this book And a year later, I am still looking for this book, remade Like an old girlfired or a wife now dead that will be the ideal all other women in a man s life are compared to Damn can I describe thisMy last two years of undergrad, I focused primarily on Female Medieval Mystical Writers I love how these women brought their faith into their bodies, and write from there.ging god into themselves as a lover, a layer of skin, a wealt I love their absolute conviction that there a [...]

  13. Linda

    Luis Alberto Urrea can read to me any time he wants to Oy What a voice and how well he reads This book becomes magical with his voice Although presented as a book of fiction, there is much truth told from 20 years of research and family tales of a distant relative who became known as the Saint of Cabora A story that mixes pre revolutionary Mexico with folk tales and a touch of magic realism A wonderful ride.

  14. Jeanette"Astute Crabbist"

    This is a very interesting story about a real woman who lived in Mexico in the late 19th century She was the author s great aunt, and he grew up hearing stories and legends about her Beginning in 1985, the author began twenty years of research leading to this novel Teresita was considered the Saint of Cabora, although she did not think of herself in that way She was born the bastard daughter of Don Tomas Urrea At birth, she had a strange triangular mark on her forehead The curandera said this wa [...]

  15. Nick Iuppa

    The Hummingbird s Daughter by Luis Urrea is the true story of a strong willed, teenage Mexican girl in the 19th century She was said to have miraculous healing powers, inspired the common people to value their native identity, and in the end helped bring about the Mexican Revolution Can t get over it A poetic page turner.

  16. Chris Donaldson

    I ve just written a review and it s vanished into the ether, so this is a second try.First of all, I didn t finish this book and this is extremely rare for me Normally, I feel like I have to stick it out to the last page but this one was too much for me I know now, having looked at what other people have said, that so many people love this book that I am in a tiny minority But truly, I disliked it enough to leave it about one third of the way through It was recommended by a friend and I read it [...]

  17. Caroline

    Urrea pulls together two decades of personal research into the compelling story of a great aunt who became a sainted icon of the indigenous rebellion against the Porfiriato in late 19th century Mexico The Hummingbird s Daughter paints a vivid, earthy, fearless picture of the insular rural world of the hacienda of his people, as well as of the nameless masses of the People, his term for the Indian underclass that populate the background of the story and eventually swell like the tide Urrea deserv [...]

  18. Carl R.

    Maybe I should recuse myself because I m so partial to magical realism, but I think from any perspective whatsover, The Hummingbird s Daughter is a joy of a book Luis Urrea is dealing here not just with history, but the history and politics of his family and of his family s native land.So, family saga historical fiction, politics, religion Even worse than politics, says one Captain , revolution, and A rich mix that would defeat a lesser writer, but Urrea is unquestionably up to the challenge.We [...]

  19. Paige

    It always seems that I have to say about books I m criticizing than books I loved I suppose it s because I usually begin with high expectations, and when a book lives up to those expectation, there isn t much to say, but when it doesn t there has to be a reckoning This book is one of those great books about which I do not have much to say.This book struck the perfect balance of realistic and dreamy Urrea brought the setting to life for me, so real it felt like I could touch it He weaves magical [...]

  20. Ariela

    Set in late 1800 s Mexico amid the political turmoil of General Porfirio Diaz s regime The Hummingbird s Daughter recounts the real life story of Urrea s great aunt Teresita The illegitimate daughter of the patron and one of the indios working his ranch, Teresita eventually became known as Santa Teresa, the Saint of Cabora Apprenticed to the colorful curandera healer Huila at an early age she eventually became known for her midwifery skills, healing powers and supposed return from the dead Event [...]

  21. Lacy

    I first became fascinated by the Mexican healer Teresita Urrea when I heard a UTEP professor give a brief profile of her life She recommended this novel, written by a descendant, and it s one of the most beautiful, fascinating, compelling books I ve ever read The plot covers her early life up through her exile to the U.S It s an epic nearly 500 pages long and frankly, I d have been happy if it had gone on several hundred .

  22. Astrid

    The world of reason must be a lonely place This is a historical novel mixed with a generous dose of magical realism Luis Alberto Urrea s imaginative telling of Teresita s life and the colorful characters who surrounded her seeped into my dreams I have lived and traveled throughout Mexico and studied the nuances of Mexican Spanish which made this book especially vivid.

  23. Linda

    This is one of the finest works of fiction I have ever read Mr Urrea is an extraordinary story teller, and the Hummingbird s Daughter is an extraordinary story This book is sometimes horrifying, sometimes hilarious, but beautifully written and utterly captivating Five stars.

  24. Shaun

    Sometimes I wished there were stars with which to rate a book This is one of those times This book is worthy of far than five measly stars Much The Hummingbird s Daughter is about an actual person well known in the border area of the great North and Central American desert Southwest Teresita Urrea, Santa de Cabora Teresita is no ordinary girl Born to an illiterate, poor Indian mother, she knows little about her past or her future Teresita has no idea that her father is Don Tomas Urrea, the wi [...]

  25. Abigail Bok

    In the second half of the nineteenth century, a little girl is born to a laborer on a large ranch in Sinaloa, Mexico Her father is unknown and her mother soon abandons her, but she scrambles her way to survival under the eye of her aunt and a favored servant at the patr n s house Huila, the local curandera The curandera, believing her marked with spiritual potential, begins to teach her what she knows.Thus begins an extraordinary tale at once mundane and magical It draws in politics, history, an [...]

  26. David

    If you have read 100 Years of Solitude and are looking for a dam good story in the vein of magical realism yes its still alive , I highly recommend this book if you want a good peak into Mexican history around the end of the 19th century, this is a good start.This is the story of Teresita Urrea, La Santa de la Cabora , who was not only a real person from Mexican history but an actual relative of the author, Luis Alberta Urrea Yet, in Urrea s fictional style, I kept thinking what a great yarn But [...]

  27. Corinne

    This book is haunting I think that s the only word I can find for it right now The characters are swirling around in my mind and I am trying to make sense of them Teresita is a child born into poverty, given up by her mother, raised on a rancho in Mexico She soon begins to learn the arts of a curandera a healer and she also discovers that she is the child of a fling between her mother and the head of the rancho.I loved following her life as she learns the art of childbirth and healing, I believe [...]

  28. Joyce Lagow

    Teresa Urea was a historical figure who was born Sinaloa, Mexico, in the mid 19th century She became nationally known as a healer curandera and vigorous defender of the rights of The People the indigenous tribes of Mexico She was widely held to be a saint the Saint of Cobera, where she lived until she was 19 Her father, Tom s, was a wealthy landowner in the state of Sonora.The author, who is related to Teresita, has written an absolutely remarkable novel around what facts are known of this young [...]

  29. Nick

    In The Hummingbird s Daughter , the Mexican born writer Luis Alberto Urrea takes up the story of his great aunt, the half Indian seer who became known by the people, not the Church, as Santa Teresa of Cabora Teresa lived during in Northwest Mexico, then one of the most disconnected regions of her poor, sprawling country, across the border from the harshest part of the Old West As a girl, she emerged from a trance with gifts she cured the desperately ill with herbs and the laying on of hands and [...]

  30. Suzanne

    Based on the legend of Urrea s sainted cousin, the author uses historical fiction to bring 16 year old Teresita to life, during a period of violence and political upheaval in Mexico, near the end of the 19th century.What I liked about the book learning about Mexican culture, the civil war and some of it s causes, Teresita s early life and her relationship with her father I am fascinated with the lives of saints, and was excited to learn that The Hummingbird s Daughter would chronicle such a life [...]

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