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Eddie's father, two uncles, and best friend are all dead, and it's a struggle for him not to end up the same way. Violence makes Fresno wallow in tears, as if a huge onion were buried beneath the city. Making an effort to walk a straight line despite constant temptations and frustrations, Eddie searches for answers--and discovers that his closest friends may actually be his worst enemies. Includes a reader's guide and a glossary of Spanish words and phrases.

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Buried Onions by Gary Soto. On the mean streets of southeast Fresno, nineteen-year-old Eddie is just trying to get by. All he wants is to forget his violent past, hold down a job, and walk a straight line. But after his cousins murder, Eddie finds himselfslowly but inexorablydrawn back into the cycle of violence. Set against the backdrop of a city sweltering in the grip of poverty, crime, and u On the mean streets of southeast Fresno, nineteen-year-old Eddie is just trying to get by.

Set against the backdrop of a city sweltering in the grip of poverty, crime, and unfulfilled dreams, this is the unforgettable story of a young man struggling to survive in a world spiraling out of control. A valuable tale, its one that makes no concessions. Kirkus ReviewsSotos clear, finely honed poets voice shines in this tale of barrio life in Fresno, California ALA Booklist Get A Copy.

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To ask other readers questions about Buried Onions , please sign up. See 1 question about Buried Onions…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Buried Onions. I'm not sure why I'm putting this on the children's shelf. If I had discovered the book differently, I doubt it would have occurred to me that this is a YA book. The book is bleak, unrelenting, and beautifully written. In the first person, the narrator's language at times seems too lofty for his character, but it works.

The narrator is a 19 year old fuck-up in Fresno, CA. He was smart enough to get into college, but dropped out. Earlier in life he was more interested in sniffing glue, inhaling sp I'm not sure why I'm putting this on the children's shelf.

Earlier in life he was more interested in sniffing glue, inhaling spray paint, and hanging out on the fringe of very violent gangs. Now he's too old for any of that, but he doesn't have anything else to look forward to. 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.

He lives in a squalid apartment, and is taking to thinking of the roaches as his "homies" Violent death has surrounded him. His first cousin was stabbed, and everyone he knows seems to expect him to kill someone in revenge, though no-one knows who did the stabbing. That doesn't seem to matter all that much, so long as someone dies for it.

There are a bunch of people who say they know who did it, but its pretty clear that none of them can be trusted, and even if they could be trusted, their knowledge is suspect. The narrator tries to make things better for himself, but its one step forward and three steps back. He wants to get out of his world, but can't seem to find a way. And at the same time he's afraid to leave the only life he's known.

Trapped, it seems like a violent end is the only way out for him. And yes, in the midst of all this despair, there is some beautiful writing and some good characterization.

View 2 comments. Feb 24, Jeanna rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Eddie lives in a tired barrio, filled with gang violence and poverty. However, he dreams of getting out. Just when he gets a good job with Mr. Stiles, who trusts him, Mr. Again Eddie is thrust into hard times. His friend Jose suggests a way to get out—joining the military.

While Eddie would not have thought of that himself, because he is als Eddie lives in a tired barrio, filled with gang violence and poverty.

While Eddie would not have thought of that himself, because he is also in danger from Angel, a former friend, Eddie eventually decides to join up. He leaves behind the crying world of the barrio for something else…who knows what. This book had beautiful imagery, not only with the onion metaphor, but also just with the way the author paints the pictures of the world around Eddie. It is painful but beautiful.

Jan 17, Carly rated it liked it. The book is written in the first person. His mind is filled to the brim with similies, metaphors, analogies and parallels. You can tell from the first page that Eddie is reflective and thoughtful. He has an excellent imagination which he puts to use most noticeably in his idea about onions that people bury to make themselves cry.

He begins by saying how many people he cared for are dead. People he knows are in prison. Everyone he knows is stuck in some way or another, in their mundane life of boredom and squalor, and none more so than he.

The book is full of reminders for him that he is imprisoned by his poverty and ignorance, and the poverty, ignorance, and malevolence of those around him. All he can do is keep himself from becoming completely like the people around him. His life depresses him, at times even enrages him.

He has no outlet for his feelings, but he is strong enough not to take them out on other people. He only does so twice, but they were acts of desperation, and he holds no real malevolence.

This is most obvious by his lack of the desire for revenge. He never even finds out. His lack of malevolence shows in many other places, for example the way he avoids Samuel and his miniature gang rather than beating them and showing them their place. It just hurts people who are already hurting, and will just die anyway, same as everyone else.

Eddie has the aura of a defeated man. He has little willpower, and things happen to him, rather than him going out and making things happen.

As I mentioned, character interractions are a great strong point in this book. They are very realistic, and still filled with the emotional tension that writers love to glorify. It was done realistically, subtly, and emotionally, an excellent combination. Furthermore the dialect and voices of the characters matched the speakers and the setting, a problem I sometimes notice in my own writing.

Characters have distinct voices. One of my favorite scenes was the one where Eddie finally talks to coach about his problems. It was described and acted out very realistically.

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