Gary Soto, Author Harcourt Children’s Books $17 (p) ISBN 2 Though the “”buried onions”” analogy of the title is a tad overworked–Eddie. When nineteen-year-old Eddie drops out of college, he struggles to find a place for himself as a Mexican American living in a violence-infested neighborhood of. In Buried Onions, what did Mr. Stiles do at the end of Chapter 6? At the end of Gary Soto. A Summer Life. Gary Soto. Small Town with One Road. Gary Soto.

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But it leaves us wanting a narrator who is more believable and who is capable of more growth than simply coming to terms with his own sorrow.

I liked Eddie’s perserverance but also the frank manner in which he approached his situation, and it gave me an appreciation for how difficult it is for Nineteen year old Eddie is attempting to escape the barrio life he was raised in, but a lot of bad luck seems to follow him, and no matter what he does it seems he gets dragged down deeper into a lifestyle he is trying to escape. Eddie is living alone in the treacherous war grounds that the barrio in Southern Fresno.

I would recommend it for more mature students who are advanced or persistent readers. Jackie Waldman Limited preview – The young man seemed like a good guy who was kind of trapped in bad circumstances. He continued to run away from his problems until the very end.

I also have to take issue a bit with Soto’s portrayal of female characters.

His life depresses him, at times even enrages him. Some of my more struggling and at-risk students. But being grown he’s trying to stay out of trouble. The whole setting was darkened by the smoke from the crematorium stacks, there was no natural beauty, no hope in love, no nothing.

Gary Soto’s stories take me down unexpected paths, and I’m never disappointed with where I end up. Till this day I think about it, till this day people try to remind me of it, showing me there is no such thing as an escape.

He leaves behind the crying world of the barrio for something else…who knows what.

Buried Onions by Gary Soto

And at the same time he’s afraid to leave the only life he’s known. To ask other readers questions about Buried Onionsplease sign up. He lives in Fresno, California, a rough part of California.


He thinks everyone in Fresno is so sad because there are onions buried underground, providing a constant source of tears.

He “ran” with gangs but never hung out with them all the time. Another could be how African Americans often blame their struggle on the white man.

It taught me the hardships of not fitting in and, at the same time how not fitting it can also be a good thing. It made a lot of sense to me and I was able to easily envision what the garry character was going through during his life. Buried Onions will tickle the interest of anyone who happens to love a fictional tale once in a while. I believe the characters were believable, especially Eddie. They are very realistic, and still filled with the emotional tension that writers love to glorify.

Gary admires people who have done great service for others. Jan 07, Trinity rated it liked it. Soto captures Eddie’s hopelessness as he tries to escape oppressive gang life.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. In addition, female characters play only a superficial role in this text as a one night love interest, nagging aunt, or a cash strapped mom in another city.

Eddie always smells the scent of onions in the air–the sharp bitter odor of hopelessness and anger that haunts the poor side of Fresno. He’s finding that no matter how straight he tries to live, Fresno’s environment will always drag hi At 19, Eddie has successfully avoided getting involved in gangs in his hometown of Fresno, although many of his old friends and family members have not.

Although these is some action and struggle, I don’t think it’s enough to hold most of my students’ attention, since most of it is later in the book, and the students have to wade through the first few chapters first.

But also, the bag of scavenged — or salvaged? The fact that burie can never escape your past is a theme of this book but why should anyone take this advice to heart? They were relatable because a lot of them were family, went to the same high school, did bad things together, or knew each other somehow through a bad thing and wanted to stay away from each other.


Trivia About Buried Onions. He gets in a gang fight with a gang member he knows, Angel. Ggary characters were almost all relatable.

Eddie’s also trying to make a living and realize the American Dream, although he’s beginning to think that’s just a fairy tale people tell their kids. The entire journey brought up surprises and twists but overall was not very interesting, although the writing was beautiful.

Soto is also trying to tell his readers to follow your dreams.

Soto has more poetic imagery than other books I’ve read recently. Throughout the book, he constantly runs away from his problems. In huried end, with his money gone gafy a dangerous gang member stalking him, Eddie’s only choice is to Eddie always smells the scent of onions in the air–the sharp bitter odor of hopelessness and anger that haunts the poor side of Fresno.

Also, there are no main female characters, unless you count Eddie’s mother and aunts, who are simply created for a supporting role. The violence makes Fresno wallow in tears, as if a You should rise above it and make your way in a good life. Everyone in the story knew what the other was going through. I think there are a lot of lessons you can gray from this story that applies to kids and young adults. He says that is because onions are buried underneath the city.

Buried Onions

It wonderfully captures the life a man attempting to live a “straight” life, attempting to get out of the Fresno rut created by the gangs and criminals oniohs.

An example of this being slavery, the white man believed they were superior compared to all other races, and this racial difference caused a divide. His personal thoughts and beliefs helped me connect to his situation, left me crying over his losses, and cheering over his success. Eddie has the aura of a defeated man. There’s a glossary in the back, but for non-Spanish-speaking students, the abundance of foreign words could still be an impediment.