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 . Barrio Boy Summary & Study Guide includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, Barrio Boy by Ernesto Galarza Order our Barrio Boy Study Guide.

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Life in the Lower Part of Town pp. There are many poignant moments in the book. On the Edge of the Barrio pp. Nov 23, Bob Newman rated it it was amazing. Amelia Hastings rated it it was amazing Oct 09, I also enjoyed how his writing style is different from other books.

Estelle Mae rated it it was amazing Oct 01, Although the jury is s I read this book thinking I might be able to use it in my classroom, but what I found was a story that gave me yet another perspective on immigration. From reading this book I learned a good amount of stuff.

This book is shit? Along the way, they lived in many different small towns and that is the way the book is split up. I would not recommend this book. I was pretty disappointed in this book. The story leaves off as he is about to enter high school, so the recollections are of early childhood and boyhood only.

He even mentions my hometown, Truckee, where the uncles go to work at the lumber mill.


When his family finally settles in Sacramento, young Ernesto encounters new experiences and influences that will forever shape his outlook and broaden his horizons. Ernesto was an excellent student.

Barrio Boy

Jun 19, Lori McMullen rated it it was amazing. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Jeremy Gallo rated it it was amazing Jul 08, 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. While this effort failed, it created the foundation for the United Farm Workers Union of the s.

This is not my usual read but quite an astonishing story. See 1 question about Barrio Boy…. Unfortunately, life in America offers its own sets of problems.

Others like the description of the journey to the United States and his innocence as a kid was something I could relate to coming from parents who are old school like his seemed to be. Contact Contact Us Help.

It’s a humorous story of a kid growing up in a remote Mexican mountain village, moving to town, then to a city, while Mexico thrashed in the throes of the great revolution that lasted for ten bloody years. This is a true ernnesto based off of Galarza’s life.

Barrio Boy Summary & Study Guide

I expected to read a lot on Galarza’s galara in the U. Part One, Section 2 through page Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Ernesto Galarza was a prominent labor leader who worked to publicize the labor conditions of the bracero program. Kindle Edition40th Anniversary Editionpages.


While he doesn’t completely understand the factors behind the revolution, he is forced to deal with the consequences. Part One, Section 8 to page Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. When he moves to sacramento with his family, he starts going to school and does well in it. In many ways, it reminded me of my own childhood in Mexico–living in poverty, in a shack, dealing with floods, making my own journey north.

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Galarza came back to California, where he tried to organize unions for farm laborers. View the Study Pack. I really wish he would have wrote about himself receiving his PHD though.

Barrio Boy Summary & Study Guide

Jun 26, Karisa Austin rated it it was ok. Sep 24, Rodrigo is currently reading it. There are moments that ernesgo exciting things happening, but he relays them in the same, slow, descriptive way he relates everything else. Dec 07, Donna Kubiak rated it really liked it. The only disappointment in the book is that it does not go on for another couple of volumes to recount its author’s rare career in redefining America.

A somewhat interesting read.

I wanted to get to the meat of the story, but by the time he arrived in the US, I was done. Kimberly Judson rated it it was amazing Dec 25,