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The Pearl (original 1947; edition 1970)

by John Steinbeck

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Title:The Pearl
Authors:John Steinbeck
Info:Pan Books (1970), Edition: New Impression, Paperback, 96 pages
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The Pearl by John Steinbeck (1947)

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I first read this one back in high school. With all the other Steinbeck I've been reading lately, I was feeling nostalgic.

Poor Kino and Juana. They only wanted a better life for their child. That shouldn't be so bad, should it?

The way Steinbeck explores good and evil in The Pearl is a thing of beauty. The "Song of the Family" and the "Song of Evil" vying for dominance in Kino's head. Did the doctor intentionally make Coyotito sick just to make himself useful (and to get some money off these poor rubes, knowing of their recent good fortune)? Is everyone suddenly out to get Kino or is he simply tilting at windmills? These questions are up to the reader to answer for themselves. It will probably come down to your own life experience.

I've always loved this story. Glad I decided to read it again. ( )
  regularguy5mb | May 8, 2015 |
The storytelling was good but I just didn't care much for the story. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
A brilliant tragic allegory. Almost a fairy tale or folk tale with mystical overtones. Be careful what you wish for. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 22, 2014 |
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This is the tale of Kino and his wife Juana they are very poor, Kino pearl diver finds the biggest pearl ever they think their luck has changed for the better but it doesn't. Easy to read sad story. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Oct 14, 2014 |
The allegorical novella about a pearl diver who is bestowed with an invaluable pearl. Little does he know, this pearl causes his world to come crashing down. But the real question is, is the pearl evil or is it merely a pearl and the value that he assigned it, evil- thereby making him evil? Read the book. ( )
  Rosenstern | Sep 14, 2014 |
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Baldiz, FranciscoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elizondo, HectorNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goedegebuure, JaapIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Orozco, Jose ClementeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It is said that human beings are never satisfied, that you give them one thing and they want something more. And this is said in disparagement, whereas it is one of the greatest talents the species has and one that has made it superior to animals that are satisfied with what they have.
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In this short book illuminated by a deep understanding and love of humanity, John Steinbeck retells an old Mexican folk tale: the story of the great pearl, how it was found, and how it was lost. For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to the tragedy.

For Steinbeck, Kino and his wife illustrate the fall from innocence of people who believe that wealth erases all problems. Originally published in 1947, The Pearl shows why Steinbeck’s style has made him one of the most beloved American writers: it is a simple story of simple people, recounted with the warmth and sincerity and unrivaled craftsmanship Steinbeck brings to his writing. It is tragedy in the great tradition, beautifully conveying not despair but hope for mankind.

The Great Books Foundation Discussion Guide for The Pearl is available at www.greatbooks.org.

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For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to tragedy. Kino and his wife illustrate the fall from innocence of people who believe that wealth erases all problems.… (more)

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