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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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English (128)  French (3)  Spanish (3)  All (2)  Italian (2)  Catalan (2)  Norwegian (1)  Swedish (1)  Finnish (1)  All (143)
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Finally got around to reading it, and well worth it. A classic story about rich and poor, good and evil, and how unimaginable fortune can change a family's life forever, for better or for worse.
Kino, the pearl fisherman, has found the Pearl of the World - the marvelous, beautiful, great pearl that pearl fishers search for all their lives! He has magnificent dreams for this fortune; he will sell it and marry Juana, his common-law wife and educate his little son Coyotito.
However, there is danger in the pearl. It is both a symbol of evil and of great fortune. Bad men want to steal it from Kino and his family. Evil men scheme to cheat him of the wealth it will bring.
Near the beginning of the short novel, the sting of the scorpion presages disaster for this family. ( )
  FancyHorse | Feb 2, 2017 |
This is a beautifully written but rather horrible tale, which starts with a man content with his family life in a brush hut by the sea. When his child is stung by scorpion, Kino's life begins spiralling out of control.

I would like to hear the original Mexican folktale to know what Steinbeck added. One thing I'm sure he added was sound: of nature, of his wife, of the Song of the Family, of the pearl's song...Steinbeck obviously has a keen ear. He also has a deceptively slow, quiet manner of telling a story. There are moments of seeming stillness followed by disturbing action. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 14, 2017 |
2.5 stars ( )
  KendraJ. | Dec 29, 2016 |
I can't believed he died that was a really dumb story, I wish they kept going to the city and defied the pearl sellers. ( )
  Brinlie.Jill.Searle | Nov 22, 2016 |
I think this is highly underrated. ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
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Baldiz, FranciscoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elizondo, HectorNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goedegebuure, JaapIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Muller, FrankNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Kino woke up early in the morning.
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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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