The Pearl

The Pearl

Book - 1994
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"There it lay, the great pearl, perfect as the moon."

One of Steinbeck's most taught works, The Pearl is the story of the Mexican diver Kino, whose discovery of a magnificent pearl from the Gulf beds 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 Juana cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to tragedy. This classic novella from Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck examines the fallacy of the American dream, and illustrates the fall from innocence experienced by people who believe that wealth erases all problems.

This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by Linda Wagner-Martin and original illustrations by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, c1994
Characteristics: xxvii, 97 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
ISBN: 0140187383
Alternative Title: The pearl of the world


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Apr 22, 2019

has a really sad ending.

Apr 14, 2019

I marvel at Steinbeck's genius. Sure there are possible philosophical themes. But you can just enjoy his writing.

Andrew Kyle Bacon
Nov 01, 2017

The writing is incredibly lucid and potent, which alone makes this novella worth reading. The film lacks in depth in places but tries to feign depth with its subject matter. The final chapters especially end up feeling a bit silly for some reason, probably because Steinbeck tries so hard to be poignant with the narrative. I enjoyed reading the book, and I understand why it is a required reading in many high schools, but even Steinbeck's beautiful use of language cannot save this narrative from trying just a bit too hard.

Oct 13, 2015

"The Pearl" serves as a reminder about what is important in life. Like "Of Mice and Men", it is also beautifully sad.

Jul 26, 2015

straight forward writing style without a lot of character development. Steinbeck takes to a Mexican village quickly and sets forth the impact on a man of the greed from acquiring wealth. worth a read

Jul 25, 2014

This book was entertaining and a quick read. Although it was quite a disappointment and I better stop before I say anything worst. A good book if your waiting in multiple offices during appointments through out the day. LOL

Feb 05, 2014

This book was really boring, and I made no connection with the main character, Kino, whatsoever. A waste of time, if you ask me.

Jan 26, 2014

This is LITERATURE. The whole book happens in two days. The author will introduce you to a different culture and characters, put in a situation far from normal where may be they cannot handle it.
Is money a blessing for the better future of your loving ones? Or it comes with too much of a sacrifice? Is it worthy to fight for a better future or not?
If you do not connect with Steinbeck either you have not a soul, either you are not ready for Literature, go back to the shelf of junk novels for your mind to feed on them. Come back for Literature when you are ready.

Dec 28, 2013

This is the first Steinbeck book I've read that didn't have a bunch of drunks, a suicide, and/or a killing as an ending. For this reason alone, the author and book earn two stars. After that, nothing else really describes how one can devote 100 pages to a pearl... Ho hum, I could have had two hours of sleep and been more entertained..

Aug 29, 2013

The theme of this book is neither pearls nor pearl divers, as the library subject headings would have you believe. It is about Greed. And the clash of a simple ancient culture in La Paz, Mexico, with a dominant, conquering, money-motivated culture. Beautifully written, simply written, and yet profound. Originally published in a magazine; short enough to read in an afternoon.

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