I was looking for a book to read the other week, and saw Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya. I knew that the book had been through at least 2 cross country moves, and it seemed to be one that had been on our bookshelves forever, but I never picked it up. I'd assumed it was one of my husband's from college, and shelved it accordingly. I asked him if it was any good, and he looked at me as if I were crazy, and said he'd never read it. He thought it was one of my books.
The receipt in the front cover proved him right. I, or someone in my family, purchased it for $12 at the Barnes & Noble in my hometown, in 1995. It was right before the school year started, what would have been my sophomore year in high school. I don't think it was assigned in either of my English classes for that year (Banned Books*, and Great Villains), I didn't take Spanish, and I can't think of any other class where it would have been assigned. And the book had never been cracked open, best I could tell.
So I did finally read it, and enjoyed it. The day after I started it, I saw a newspaper article about the upcoming movie based on the novel. It's strange how that seems to happen; as soon as you learn about something, it pops up in all sorts of places. I am interested in seeing the movie, but will probably wait until it comes out on demand. Our movie nights are limited here, given the lack of a babysitter!
*Ok, I went and looked at the trailer for the movie, and apparently the book was banned in several areas when it was published. So I guess the book could have been on the list for my Banned Books class. I know we never did read it though. Perhaps we just ran out of time. Anyway, the trailer for the movie looks awesome, and I may try and drag my husband to see it.