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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 (111)  French (3)  Catalan (2)  Portuguese (Portugal) (2)  Italian (2)  Norwegian (1)  Swedish (1)  Spanish (1)  Finnish (1)  All languages (124)
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I read this is school and remember enjoying it. ( )
1 vote Bruce_Deming | Feb 5, 2016 |
Audio book read by Hector Elizondo, wonderful way to pass the time from Redmond to Portland and back. Reminder of what a great writer John Steinbeck is. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
This parable is a classic, and with good reason.

Kino, Juana and their baby Coyotito enjoy a hard but satisfying life in their village. But they are "kept in place" by the Europeans who run the town (they live in a grass shack on the beach). Then Kino finds The Pearl, and their fortunes change - for the worse. Like The Old Man and the Sea there is much to discuss in this short novella.

I first read this when I was in high school (mid 1960s), and re-read it when my book club partnered with an all-girls Middle School 8th Grade English class. Not only did the girls come prepared to discuss, but they had worked with their art teacher to prepare posters depicting their favorite scenes from the book. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jan 25, 2016 |
At first, I thought this was very different from Steinbeck's other novels I've read that all take place in the 30s depression. In the end though, it had a similar theme and feel to it. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
At first, I thought this was very different from Steinbeck's other novels I've read that all take place in the 30s depression. In the end though, it had a similar theme and feel to it. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
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John Steinbeckprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baldiz, FranciscoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elizondo, HectorNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goedegebuure, JaapIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Muller, FrankNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Orozco, Jose ClementeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Veltman-Boissevain, E.D.Translatorsecondary 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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