Make this your next book club selection and everyone saves. Get 15% off when you order 5 or more of this title for your book club. Simply enter the coupon code STEINBECKPEARL at checkout.This offer does not apply to eBook purchases. This offer applies to only one downloadable audio per... show more
Make this your next book club selection and everyone saves. Get 15% off when you order 5 or more of this title for your book club. Simply enter the coupon code STEINBECKPEARL at checkout.This offer does not apply to eBook purchases. This offer applies to only one downloadable audio per purchase. 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.
Publish date: January 8th 2002
Pages no: 87
Edition language: English
This was a novella from Steinbeck that was honestly very depressing. Without giving any of the story away, the book looks at depressing poverty and the influence that the chance of riches can have on a family's life. Worth the read for any fans of Steinbeck.
Review to come later when I've thought more about it...
I found the style rather forced, and the overflowing didactism wouldn't have gone well even if I could agree with the message. Which is, let me tell you: don't try to better yourself, if you were born poor and without education don't try for an education for your kids, 'cause for that you need money...
TW: domestic violence Wow, Steinbeck doesn't pull punches. I did not see that ending coming. This is a short novel (87 pages) that was creepy, dark, and thrilling. I have so much to say, but since it is a short novel, I don't want to give away the entire book. Yeah, this is probably one of the b...
This book is a reminder of what really matters most in life.It shows how greed can take over a person's life;how material possessions can change people.How strong is your integrity? Your belief? Your happiness?Would it change you?