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The Pearl (1947)

by John Steinbeck

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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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 75 Books Challenge for 2012: Steinbeckathon 2012: The Pearl21 unread / 21wookiebender, December 2012

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A good short story by Steinbeck that shows the overall value of knowledge for humanity, but also the effect of greed. It has a shocking ending, but it really sucks you into a small world of indigenous living without using too much description. ( )
  chip1o1 | May 22, 2024 |
A Classic "Must Read"

This novella is a parable in which a simple, hard-working pearl diver learns that finding untreated of wealth is the cause of unexpected evil and sorrow. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Apr 11, 2024 |
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book written by John Steinbeck. I had forgotten how much I enjoy his writing. I’m not sure why this has low reviews. I thoroughly enjoyed this short story and was heartbroken with the ending. It really is a simple story of innocence and greed and great loss. It’s a wonderful short story. ( )
  jbrownleo | Mar 27, 2024 |
This is a sweet, simple fable and I liked some aspect of the writing, but the 'moral to the story' spoiled any enjoyment. The concept that is is wrong to strive for change and improvement in one's lot on life should not be preserved in literature IMHO.

I did love the imagery and Kino's way of experiencing life through music.

I loved Cannery Row and will read other Steinbeck books, but I'm giving his books a rest for now. ( )
1 vote RuthInman123 | Mar 26, 2024 |
Eine grauenhafte Geschichte, meisterhaft geschrieben, voller Spannung und ein heftiges, unerwartetes Ende. ( )
  BuecherDrache | Feb 13, 2024 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Steinbeck, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baldiz, FranciscoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Coppolani, Renésecondary 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
Wagner-Martin, LindaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Kino woke up early in the morning.
Kino awakened in the near dark.
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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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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.

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