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The Pearl by John Steinbeck

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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The Pearl by John Steinbeck; (5*); The Classics; hardcopy; IN WASHINGTON; ROOT; island native pearl divers; poverty; families;

Another wonderful Steinbeck.
"The Pearl" is one John Steinbeck's smallest books. It is also an intense book, but it is very fluid and easy to read. It is about an island man who, like so many others, goes diving daily with no air, down to the depths of the sea to find pearls to help them eke out a very poor living for their families. These poor people live in little shacks and eat the same gruel day after day and their lives are the same day after day. But they seem a happy people none the less. This is the story of the man who finds "the pearl" of every diver's dream and what happens to him and his family after finding the "pearl".
It is also an "if I could just" story. One always thinks that if this or that were "just to happen" in their lives, things would be wonderful. If you have just one teensy tiny bit of that rolling around in your brain... or not...), you should read this book. It is magnificent!~!~!
I highly recommend it. ( )
4 vote rainpebble | Jul 11, 2017 |
Great story that was based on a Mexican tale, I believe. Another fine example of the human condition and how pride and fortune can destroy us if we're not careful. ( )
  omgully | Jul 6, 2017 |
The hungry ghost of early summer has turned in to the hungry guest in the case of this book. Still untethered, I spent the past week with some friends in London to look for work and learn a town. Being a good guest cuts miserably into reading time, but by the end of the week when the excitement wore off I had a few more hours to myself and made up for lost time. This book is one of Zach's favourites and he spoke to me about it while he and Chris and I were canoeing here at the lake. So on Saturday afternoon I took this book and another to read and that's probably all the biography a book review needs.

Zach's notes were written into it, and I read it with his perspective already there in my head. Comments about how not a word was wasted and the perfect tragedy of the ending. A scribbled note at the beginning about how Steinbeck gives names to the characters, realizes them by it, which at least takes off some of the edge off the introductory worry of Steinbeck appropriating a culture's story. But of course, Steinbeck understands the structures of oppression, and he makes them real again, makes them apparent, makes you mad about them. I remembered reading [b:The Grapes of Wrath|18114322|The Grapes of Wrath|John Steinbeck|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1375670575s/18114322.jpg|2931549] in the space of two days and how upset I was about the problems of the "Oakies" and asking everyone why we weren't doing more about it. Today. However in the case of The Pearl I think that the inequalities depicted really persist, even as the times have changed. ( )
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
For anyone who hasn't read many books by Steinbeck, this novella based on a Mexican folk tale is a great one to start off with. The exception would be if you really love wearing pearl jewelry or believe all people are basically honest and equitable, as the story may influence your feelings about that. Also, pay special attention to the Rod-Serling-like epigraph at the beginning, as that sets the tone for the entire story. ( )
  Lisa805 | Mar 21, 2017 |
The Pearl is about a man, Kino, who finds a large pearl that he hopes will sell for enough money that it will change the life of his poor family. Meanwhile, he lives in an impoverished region of Mexico where the pearl dealers have colluded to rip off the native population by giving them low-ball offers for pearls.

I love Steinbeck, but I thought that this one was a little flat for me. In trying to write about a people that I'm not sure that he truly understood, I thought that Steinbeck sucked the humanity out of these characters. They were a white man's interpretation of what a native must be rather than a group of people who changed, grew, and felt emotions that all people feel. Additionally, there was something odd about the cadence of the writing that felt forced to me. The whole thing just felt a little off. It was good for most, but it was disappointing for a Steinbeck novel. ( )
  fuzzy_patters | Feb 5, 2017 |
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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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Penguin Australia

4 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141185120, 0141332913, 0143566415, 0241952468


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