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The Pearl
The Pearl
Author: John Steinbeck
A book of great beauty and simplicity, The Pearl can be appreciated on an aesthetic, ecological, or sociological vein. This is a story about a great pearl, a Mexican community, and great dreams and powers in a novel of largesse and quiet profundity.
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ISBN-13: 9780140177374
ISBN-10: 014017737X
Publication Date: 4/6/2000
Pages: 96
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  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 181 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
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Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the Gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sead gull's egg, as "perfect as the moon." With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security. A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, THE PEARL explores the secrets of man's nature, the darkest depths of evil and the luminous possibilities of love.
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Steinbeck classic. Kina, a poor pearl diver, finds a huge pearl and thinks all his dreams will come true.
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A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrest of man's nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.
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Kino, a poor Mexican pearl fisher, finds a valuable pearl. Yet instead of bringing blessings, the pearl acts as a harbinger of misfortune to Kino and his wife, Juana. Ultimately, it is returned from whence it came. Steinbeck's parable, originally published in 1947, is a well-written retelling of an old Mexican folktale. Hector Elizondo, with his fine voice and great diction, reads with sincerity, keeping this simple, tragic tale moving toward its inevitable conclusion. Highly recommended for all collections.
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Quick read. Good story about being careful what you wish for.
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This great old, old tale is one I find I want to/need to read every decade or so...just to remind me of the essential truths contained in the old legend, not to mention enjoying the way a master like Steinbeck tells the tale.
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This has a nice life lesson in the story, but I didn't like it as well as other books by John Steinbeck.


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