8.37 Gary Soto Buried Onions

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Buried Onions

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Paperback. Pub Date: December 2006 Pages: 176 in Publisher: Graphia For Eddie there is not much to do in his rundown from neighborhood but eat the sleep watch out for drive-bys and just try to get through each day. The His father. two uncles. and his best friend are all dead. and it's a struggle not to end up the same way. The violence makes Fresno wallow in tears. as if a huge onion with its ubiquitous vapors were buried beneath the city. Making an effort to walk a straight line despite constant temptations and frustrations. Eddie searches for answers after the death of his cousin and discovers that his closest friends may be his worst enemies. 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 Fresno. California.

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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.
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Eddie can always smell onions in the air--the sharp bitter odour of hopelessness and anger that haunts the poor side of Fresno. "I had a theory about those vapours, which were not released by the sun's heat but by a huge onion buried under the city. This onion made us cry. Tears leapt from our eyelashes and stained our faces." Eddie tries to escape from the poverty and gang society that surrounds him by taking vocational classes and staying away from his old "cholos", (gang friends). But when his cousin is killed, his aunt urges him to seek out and punish the murderer. To avoid the pressure building in his neighbourhood, Eddie takes a landscaping job in an affluent suburb. But this too goes awry when his boss's truck is stolen while in his care. In the end, with his money gone and a dangerous gang member stalking him, Eddie's only choice is to join the military and hope that they can give him a better future than the one Fresno seems to offer.

There is no tidy closure--certainly no happy ending--to this bleak novel. But that is exactly what gives Buried Onions its strong, acidic flavour. Teens with a low tolerance for any type of pretence will appreciate Gary Soto's honesty in not trying to force a fairy tale ending. In spare but always striking prose, Soto has written an unrelentingly grim story that teens will savour because it rings true. (Ages 13 and older) --Jennifer Hubert, Amazon.com

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