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The Pearl (original 1947; edition 1970)

by John Steinbeck

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The Pearl by John Steinbeck (1947)

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English (94)  French (3)  Portuguese (Portugal) (2)  Italian (2)  Norwegian (1)  Swedish (1)  Finnish (1)  Spanish (1)  Catalan (1)  All languages (106)
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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 |
"And he could not take the chance of pitting his certain ignorance against this man's possible knowledge. He was trapped as his people were always trapped, and would be until, as he had said, they could be sure that the things in the books were really in the books."

Yup, still in love with Steinbeck. Using the outlines of a Mexican folktale, he demonstrates the futility of singly rising up against injustice and the often corruptive nature of wealth. Kino, an impoverished pearl diver, finds "the pearl of the world" after being turned away by the town doctor when his infant is bit by a scorpion. He envisions security for his family and an improved station in life for his son and his village. But life is not fair, at all in this case.

"For it is said that humans 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."

"Who do you fear?"
Kino searched for a true answer, and at last he said, "Everyone." ( )
  dandelionroots | Jul 20, 2014 |
“It is not good to want a thing too much. It sometimes drives the luck away. You must want it just enough, and you must be very tactful with Gods or the gods.”

This is a sad and powerful “parable" about the dangers of sudden wealth that befalls a poor family in a fishing village. Or pearl fishers as they also are.

While one of the children in the family are very sick after a scorpion bite the miracle happens. The husband catches the biggest pearl ever to be seen. But the sudden joy of the catch quickly turn into a nightmare as their situation is exploited by everyone around them. From the slimy doctor, to the money-hungering priest, the greedy pearl-business men in town, and the envious eyes of the villagers.

From the moment the pearl is in the fathers hand everything is just one big descend. Mistrust, envy, fear, loneliness and loss of freedom. It is a painful read - it is also a very true depiction of the destructive power of mammon. ( )
2 vote ctpress | Jun 28, 2014 |

ÛÏFor it is said that humans 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.‰Û

The Pearl a lustrous tale of greed, good vs. evil, family and power, let's not forget to mention gender. Juana signifies wisdom, doubtful of the pearl, she is aware of its evil aura. Kino suspicious of others, fearful, too many are trying to steal the pearl. Juan Tomas is the solid voice of reason and caution. Steinbeck elegantly writes a powerful reminder of desiring more often carries a price, perhaps less is really more.



‰ÛÏAnd, as with all retold tales that are in people's hearts, there are only good and bad things and black and white things and good and evil things and no in between anywhere.‰Û
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  Melinda_H | Apr 22, 2014 |
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John Steinbeckprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Elizondo, HectorNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goedegebuure, JaapIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Orozco, Jose ClementeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Veltman-Boissevain, E.D.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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