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The novel opens with a mature Antonio narrating and recalling that period of his youth when Ultima

The novel opens with a mature Antonio narrating and recalling that period of his youth when Ultima

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The novel opens with a mature Antonio narrating and recalling that period of his youth when Ultima,  an old folk healer and midwife, came to live with his family. The night before Ultima arrives, Antonio  dreams about the night of his birth, hearing again the loud, angry arguing between his mother's  brothers and his father's relatives. His mother, Mar í a, is from a family of farmers living in El Puerto de  los Lunas, and his father, Gabriel, is from a family of plains cattlemen in Las Pasturas. His mother's  people revere the earth; they are rooted to it and depend on its crops. His father's family are restless  and nomadic, inclined to be rootless and adventurous. Within Antonio flows the blood of two vastly  different lifestyles. Which one will claim his soul? Antonio perceives that only Ultima, the woman who  delivered him, knows the secret to his destiny.
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