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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My opinion of the book is that it was a kind of moving story, just because of all the struggle Eddie goes through. Given what the author wants us to believe garg Eddie, poetic is not particularly one of the characteristics we see in onikns, and yet Soto forces hyper-stylized language to gurgle from his narrator’s mind.

I also have to take issue a bit with Soto’s portrayal of female characters. But after his cousins murder, Eddie finds himselfslowly but inexorablydrawn back into the cycle of violence. Eddie is involved in situations that include robbery, gunshots, blood, drugs, and both running from Snapshot: The first paragraph of chapter 3 is my favorite. I like how he compared it to Bazooka bubblegum, which has connotations of being common, cheap, and childish. Buried Onions is a book about a mexican guy named Eddie, who lives in the run down part of Fresno, California.

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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. As I read, I could feel and smell the onion fumes mixed with heat and concrete and dust that come through every page of the book; the book’s oppressive atmosphere weighed down on me.

Am I just used to books like that, having devoted so much of my life to reading literature by Zainichi Korean Koreans in Japan? Referring back to it for each Spanish word will help younger students get into the habit of checking sections of the book for more information on the text. A conversation with another BTR resident, who said that this book was completely lacking in hope, got me thinking.

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Student s in mind: A very well written, intriguing story, Mr. The setting took place in Fresno, California in the 21st century. This book is about a guy named Eddie who is Hispanic, wasn’t wealthy and lived in a bad neighborhood.

I believe the characters were believable, especially Eddie. The story seemed as if it was going through the motions not really giving enough depth and personality to its characters.

In the book it never gives an exact date, but it seemed very modern and the book was written in so I come to believe it was around While hell-bent on avenging her son, Eddie’s Aunt relentlessly endeavors to convince him to work with a childhood friend so they can repay Jesus’ murder in kind.

His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly, Poetry International, and Poetry, which has honored him with the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson Award and by featuring him in the interview series Poets in Person.

Gary Soto’s stories take me down unexpected paths, and I’m never disappointed with where I end up.

What does the military symbolize to the residents in South Fresno? The main area of improvement was that there was minimal character development. Dec 10, Adam Steffensmeier rated it it was amazing. Then I was also able to catch it as a negative approach.

Latino boys who prefer action over description. Instead, he eeks out a living by spray painting house numbers on curbs, and doing odd jobs for people if he can persuade them to let him work for them. Soto’s imagery and attention to detail should pull in visual learners, as his prose are the next-best thing to actual illustrations. 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.

Why does Solomon suddenly want to beat up Eddie?

Is it because he was attending community college? There’s a glossary in the back, but garg non-Spanish-speaking students, the abundance of foreign words could still be an impediment. You can tell from the first page that Eddie is reflective and thoughtful. His life depresses him, at times even enrages him.


It is painful but beautiful. One thing that I liked throughout the book was the language. He tries to find a new beginning for himself and start over. Soto’s poetic use of language he is, after all, a poet by trade sometimes feels ham-handed. I felt guilty and ashamed of what I had done and from that point on no matter how I tried to make it right, no matter how much I tried to forget, somehow I would always remember. Where I feel it derailing a bit is in the Soto’s tone.

Oniosn Onions by Gary Soto. Any of my male sophomores who think they’re tough stuff should also check out this story, as it may convince convince them that violence is often not the answer, as it only escalates the situation while solving nothing. Jul 14, Jennifer rated it liked it. Buried, yes, “a huge onion buried under the city Mar 10, Kris rated it it was amazing Shelves: Suddenly, we find Eddie ogling her bikinied breasts and kissing her neck–and then the scene ends.

There was so much buildup within the book I was slightly disappointed with the ending.

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I think this is totally worthwhile, but I wonder how many of these words would be looked up and how many just skipped. So he decides to enroll in the navy. Loneliness appears throughout the book mainly with Eddie.

Eddie doesn’t want to cause anymore violence or get involved with gangs anymore. His tries for himself to start over are ambitious, as he learns how harsh life can really make things when situations are already very bad, and are beginning to seem as if they were getting worse.