Gary Soto’s first book for young readers, Baseball in April and Other Stories, won the California Library Association’s Beatty Award and was named an ALA Best. Buried Onions [Gary Soto] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. For Eddie there isn’t much to do in his rundown neighborhood but eat, sleep. This page guide for “Buried Onions” by Gary Soto includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 9 chapters, as well as several more in-depth.

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He wants to get out of his world, but can’t seem to find a way. Feb 27, Debbie rated it liked it Shelves: Turning against the world of drugs and violence, Eddie vows to take the straight and narrow path, even if it means struggling at temporary manual labor jobs. In the beginning chapters, friends and relatives coax him to pick up guns and avenge his cousin’s death.

He is harder aoto relate to than to other characters in other books because the life that he is going through is nothing compared to mine and his life is a lot more dangerous and he is set up to fail. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Buried Onions

Soto’s imagery and attention to detail should pull in visual learners, as his prose are the next-best thing to actual illustrations. Jul 11, Amanda added it. Trying to avoid gang life. Some of my more struggling and at-risk students.

The ending was also very negative when it seemed to be that Eddie failed at achieving his dream and that he turned out to be like a normal citizen in that area of Fresno.


The protagonist has burid his cousin to violence, and one of his best friends is stabbed in the story. Facing his own ennui, he often feels there is no hope. I would have liked for there to be more of a solid conclusion.

This book can touch literally anyone in any situation. He never even finds out.

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One of the rich white guys trusts him and let him drive his truck, and it gets stolen when Eddie steps inside for a second. Many people can relate to Eddie in a variety of ways.

He has little willpower, and things happen to him, vy than him going out and making things happen. Return to Book Page. They are all either flirtatious sex-dolls or nagging nuisances. Dec 09, Austin Nauman rated it it was amazing. I’d ask also about the main character’s choices, the foreclosure of choices, and what they think the author is trying to communicate through depicting the choices that Eddie makes at the end of the book. Browse all BookRags Study Guides.

Do gagy think Eddie makes the right choices? Jackie Oniions Limited preview – Stiles’ truck and onjons by his appartment and the truck gets stolen. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Nevertheless, Eddie is a pretty lonely guy, he even reaches a state Buried Onions is about Eddie, a soda drinking, number painting, cholo. He has no direction in life and feels trapped in a city of sorrow, poverty, omions loneliness.

Soto captures Eddie’s hopelessness as he tries to escape oppressive gang life. I also enjoyed the English translations in the back of the book, which really assisted my understanding since I am not a Spanish speaker.


Stiles includes a discussion of several vehicles which Eddie uses to get around: How does this connect to the theme of the story, and what is his purpose for doing so?

He lives in Fresno, California, a rough part of California. Ignorance, bburied, malevolence, hopelessness, violence, drugs, boredom, and a sense of imprisonment all mix together to form the emotional atmosphere that could squeeze the skto and love out of anyone stuck in it.

It taught me the hardships of not fitting in and, at the same time how not fitting it can also be a good thing. The entire journey brought up surprises and twists but overall was not very interesting, although the writing was beautiful.

After what happened to his cousin, he is constantly accosted by his aunt to avenge his death. Is this a book of character onionw than a book of incident, to use the terms we’ve been discussing for short stories?

Eddie gets arrested by the cops and finally deci Eddie has a hard life. Everyone in the story knew what the other was going through. He imagines, per the title, that there must be onions buried under his whole town, the sorrow is so ubiquitous.

In his free time he likes to play tennis, tend his garden, attend musical concerts, and travel.