|Onion John (1959) [Novel]|
by Joseph Krumgold
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"Onion John" is a misfit immigrant with a strange accent who has made his living in a shack in the town dump of Serenity, New Jersey, for as long as twelve-year-old Andy has been alive. This is the story of their meeting, and the friendship between them that comes to an active fruition after Andy discovers he can understand what Onion John is saying; just by listening to the flow of his speech, not making an effort to understand, but as if watching clouds floating in the sky. Andy's growing familiarity with John's earthy Eurasian beliefs and philosophy, weird but strangely sensible, prompts benevolent impulses towards John from the people of Serenity, who are happy to embrace the outcast in their midst, but only if he will adopt their ways. The book is illustrated throughout by Symeon Shimin.
Original title: Onion John
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult