The Question and Answer section for Bless Me, Ultima is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I personnally like Narciso. Yes, he's a drunk, but he's also a good and understanding man. He bothers no one, loves his home, and tends to his garden. Unfortunately, it is his caring nature and sense of loyalty to his friends that gets him killed....
What "ministrations" are you referring to in particular? .
The area that is compared to a "land of milk and honey” is California. It is warm, and lush where fruit grows and there is more opportunity for people.