Barrio Boy Summary & Study Guide includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, Barrio Boy by Ernesto Galarza Order our Barrio Boy Study Guide. Barrio Boy by Ernesto Galarza is a memoir about the author’s move from a small village in Mexico to a barrio in America. A barrio is the area or district of a town. Barrio Boy [Ernesto Galarza] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The author recalls his childhood journey from revolution-torn Mexico to the .

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When the turmoil precip. When the turmoil precipitated by the Mexican Revolution begins to escalate, the family leaves their tiny village in search of safety and work in a nearby city. Subsequent moves introduce the boy to the growing turbulence of the Revolution and the uncertainties of city life. He experiences firsthand the difficulties in finding work in a strife-torn nation, securing an education, and keeping a close-knit family intact.

When his family finally settles in Sacramento, young Ernesto encounters new experiences and influences that will forever shape his outlook and broaden his horizons. With vivid imagery and a rare gift for re-creating a child’s sense of time and place, Galarza gives an account of the early experiences of his extraordinary life that will continue to delight readers for decades to come.

The only disappointment in the book is that it does not go on ernestk another couple of volumes to recount its author’s rare career in redefining America. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Barrio Boy by Ernesto Galarza. Barrio Boy by Barro Galarza.

Barrio Boy is the remarkable story of one boy’s journey from a Mexican village so small its main street didn’t have a name, to the barrio of Sacramento, California, bustling and thriving in the early decades of the twentieth century.

When the turmoil precip Barrio Boy galaraz the remarkable story of one boy’s journey from a Mexican village so small its egnesto street didn’t have a name, to the barrio of Sacramento, California, bustling and thriving in the early decades of the twentieth century.

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Lists with This Book. Jun 26, Karisa Austin rated it it was ok. I was pretty disappointed in this book.

I expected an in depth description of his life in Mexico and then his transition to the U. I thought his narrative would go a lot deeper over the differences between the two cultures and his experience to understand them both.

More than half of the book was only focused on his life in Mexico and he barely touched upon the culture differences between Mexicans and Americans and ernestl experience dealing with the change.

In my opinion, he gives a lot of detail I was pretty disappointed in this book. In harrio opinion, he gives a lot of details about things people don’t care about renesto then skips over the stuff that people would care about. His mother dies and he spends about 2 sentences describing that. He is separated from his sisters and he doesn’t talk about that at all.


The book also ended in a weird way. The story did not come to a close and it ended with him just entering high school.

I would not recommend this book. Dec 22, Lizandro Torres rated it really liked it. This is not my usual read but quite an astonishing story. This novel does get quite moving at some times because i have overcome some obstacles such as Ernesto Galarza has.

This overall is a great novel if you like motivating stories I’m sure this will be the one that will motivate just about anyone. As a teen i really liked how Ernesto Galarza has wrote about his childhood and life as a teen striving to be a better him. I really wish he would have wrote about himself receiving his PHD though. Nov 27, Esther Dushinsky rated it liked it. It is an interesting story worth telling.

But the author shared way too many insignificant details that made the book a long read without so much substance. The minute details of the areas, galwrza homes, and every other aspect made it way too tedious. I wanted to get to the meat of the story, but by the time he arrived in the US, I was done.

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The details took over the facts of the story. Feb 19, Susie rated it it was ok. I felt the book was lopsided. I wanted to know what life was like in the US, and then hear about Mexico by way of comparison. I much preferred Of Beetles and Angels or even the fictional account of immigration in Dragonwings.

Oct 23, Linda Doyle rated it really liked it.

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One thing that struck me as I read Barrio Boy is how a writer must have a phenomenal memory–or a well-documented journal–to write an autobiography.

Galarza describes the village he lived in as a boy and everything else he comes across as he and his family struggle to escape the Mexican Revolution and come to settle in Sacramento, California.

But these detailed descriptions are also the problem with this otherwise important book. While the author recreates in great detail the daily life in the One thing that struck me as I read Barrio Boy is how a writer must have a phenomenal memory–or a well-documented journal–to write an autobiography. While the author recreates in great detail the daily life in the villages and later in the barrios where he grew up, there is less emphasis on the emotional significance of his experiences as a refugee and later as an immigrant.

In the final chapter, I started to get a feel for Galarza’s passion for his life’s goals, but it came too late. Nevertheless, Galarza’s book should be read for its historical depiction of a young Mexican boy’s escape from revolutionary Mexico to his new life in the U.

Aug 11, consuelo rated it it was ok Shelves: I read an excerpt from this book at school and I wanted to read it SO bad and it was SO disappointing. Books of this length usually take me days to finish–maybe even 1 day if I’m really going at it.

I’ve been reading it for 5 days and I was barely on page I can’t bear to actually finish the thing. I like when writers add details to their writing, but this is too much.

Barrio Boy by Ernesto Galarza

It seems weird to me that this is apparently required reading in schools, because what are you going to analyze? It’s like eating a bone with a single chunk of meat on it. I’m sure it was an important piece of literature when it was published, but there’s so much more books from Mexican authors these days about our experiences. If you have it as assigned reading, you’re honestly best off reading something off eNotes. Oct 12, Benjamin Alvarez rated it really liked it.


If I had to sum up the main character in one word it would be hardworking because, in the village he lives he works hard does all his chores and takes care of all his pets. When he moves to sacramento with his family, he starts going to school and does well in it. The climax of the story is that one day the secret police come to the mains character village to draft able body man for the revolution so him and his family fled to sacramento.

One thing the writer makes me curious about is the little “village” where barrio boy lives. That “village” is basically one street without any name. Barrio boy is likely to never be timid or shy about his roots. Actually, Ernesto Galarza is very proud about his childhood. Jul 10, Samantha Kerr-Vanderslice rated it it was ok.

While the story of Ernesto’s journey is interesting and his descriptive writing well done, the story lacks action or pacing. There are moments that have exciting things happening, but he relays them in the same, slow, descriptive way he relates everything else.

May 17, Jeff S rated it liked it.

A somewhat interesting read. Just the story of someone’s life.

Apr 21, Christina rated it liked it Shelves: By Ernesto Galarza Pages: This is a true story based off of Galarza’s life. Explaining the troubles and hardships that his family dealt with during this time makes up most of the book.

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He explains the difficulty in finding a job in the By Ernesto Galarza Pages: He explains the difficulty in finding a job gwlarza the new city.

Galarza was determined to find a job to support his family financially, he also wanted to have an education to have a sucessfull future. The final place that his family settled on was California. Along the way, they lived in many different small towns and that is the way the book is split up. There are five different sections, galaeza are different places his family settled in for a short period of time.

I would reccommend this book to highschool students. We learn a little bit about the Mexican revolution in school, but this story goes in depth of the conditons and ways bartio were treated during this time. You are really able to see first hand how Galarza and his brother had to find jobs and do hard labor just so they could survive and help their family out. Galarza begins the story before The revolution had begun and he explains how life was before the revolution and the constant moving and afterwards when he was settled in one place and able to reconnect with his family and have a steady education.

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