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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 sea gull's egg, as "perfect as the moon." With the pearl come ...more
Paperback, 95 pages
Published July 2000 by Bibliotex (first published 1947)
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Duane Well... I think nowadays we're supposed to apply situational ethics here, aren't we? To wit... :

If Steinbeck was a Liberal, we're supposed to excuse…more
Well... I think nowadays we're supposed to apply situational ethics here, aren't we? To wit... :

If Steinbeck was a Liberal, we're supposed to excuse him by saying that"he was a man of his time", (like Woodrow Wilson belonging to the KKK, etc.).

But if he was a Conservative, then we're supposed to immediately write him off completely as being a racist sexist bigoted homophobe, etc.

Did I get that right? My PC-Ometer hasn't been calibrated recently so it may be a little rusty...
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Laura Herzlos Unless they totally have to, I would not recommend it. There are much better books, better written than this one. Depending on how fast they read and…moreUnless they totally have to, I would not recommend it. There are much better books, better written than this one. Depending on how fast they read and their vocabulary level, it can even be read in 3-4 hours, even, so I'd say a few days is more than enough.
But seriously, unless it's mandatory, I'd go for something better.(less)
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Brina
Dec 18, 2016 Brina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Steinbeck's chilling novella The Pearl is the short story selection in the group catching up on classics for January 2017. In his retelling of a Mexican folktale, Steinbeck tells the tale of a fisherman named Kino who finds the pearl of the world on one of his dives. Showing how money is the root of all evil, Steinbeck delivers a poignant tale.

First published in 1945, The Pearl is the story of Kino, Juana, and their baby Coyotito who one day discover a giant pearl on one of their fishing e
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Henry Avila
Mar 07, 2017 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Innocence turning to greed, and how people react to another man's good fortune, is the major theme of John Steinbeck's popular novella, The Pearl, set apparently in the early 20th century, ( the author is rather vague on the subject) in the then small, sleepy town, now a major city of La Paz, Baja California, Mexico, near the tip of the astonishing long peninsula, 775 miles ...Our main character is Kino, a young, poor Mexican man in his early 20's of Indian extraction, living in a remote part of ...more
Dolors
Jul 22, 2013 Dolors rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seekers of pearls of wisdom instead of riches
Recommended to Dolors by: A bookseller in Monterey
Shelves: read-in-2014
“They had made songs to the fishes, to the sea in anger and to the sea in calm, to the light and the dark and the sun and the moon, and the songs were all in Kino and in his people – every song that had ever been made, even the ones forgotten.”

Can you hear it?
A melody shrouded in ancestral mystery can be heard amidst the roaring waves lapping at the shores of this pulsating narration. Summoning songs of despair and songs of hope, soothing lullabies and wrathful incantations, this folkloric tale
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Cindy Newton
Jan 09, 2012 Cindy Newton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a deceptively simple Mexican fable. It's written by Steinbeck, so of course, it's written beautifully. The story is pretty straightforward--poor, uneducated peasant finds monster pearl and now has everything previously denied to him within his grasp. Or does he?

*** SPOILERS AHEAD ***

Kino is happy despite his poverty and his low position on the social scale. He and the other natives in his village are under the control of the wealthy Spanish people who have taken up residence in the nicer
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brian
goodreads david writes this: I'm convinced that the general besmirchers of Steinbeck are fucktards, asswads, and vibrating pustules.

it's nice as a reader (bad, i guess, as a reviewer) when a writer achieves can-do-no-wrong status. reading steinbeck i feel less distance between the writer -> his words -> myself than with nearly any other writer. his prose stylings can't touch his contemporaries, his structure and pacing can be sloppy, he's sentimental, preachy, overly didactic, and his them
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Mario
Nov 08, 2011 Mario rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, it's just not very good. I keep debating whether I should rate it one star or two, but ultimately the Goodreads definition of the two-star rating, "it was ok," pushes me over the edge. It wasn't ok; nothing about this was ok.

The writing style is bad, though I haven't read enough Steinbeck to know whether his stilted, awkward prose is just an affectation for this work (in an insulting attempt to illustrate that his main characters are poorly educated), or whether he is just always like t
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Fernando
Sep 09, 2015 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Qué hermoso libro. Una historia sencilla, narrada en forma clara, sin rodeos ni términos difíciles. Steinbeck logra atraparme siempre con sus libros. Al igual que como con "De Ratones y Hombres", "La Perla" nos muestra una historia en donde apreciamos la naturaleza humana al desnudo, las emociones a flor de piel en situaciones límites. No he leído "Las Uvas de la Ira" ni "Al Este del Edén", pero siento que Steinbeck es poderoso en este tipo de novelas cortas. En este libro todo gira alrededor de ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

Read it and philosophize while you read it and weep.

Sometimes I have to wonder what the people who write the back blurbs of these books are thinking (or smoking). The back says "THE PEARL is a book to be read many times and cherished forever." What they're talking about, I can't imagine. If you choose to get pissed over and over again, then by all means keep reading this tragic story.

I get what Steinbeck is saying in his beautiful writing voice - to be content with what is had and to not let th
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Julie
Oct 19, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, John Steinbeck and his editor walk into a bar. . . (disclaimer: I'm making this up) and John's editor says, "John, it's so bor-ing being your editor. I mean, you've written the Great American novel, you've won the Pulitzer, you've fought for the poor man, you've made your fiction read like non-fiction and your non-fiction read like fiction."

John lights a smoke, takes a slug of beer, grunts. Reports from the war hum from a radio at the bar and his editor finds the courage to continue.

"Well.
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Connie
Jan 02, 2017 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Steinbeck adapted a Mexican folk tale into a novella about fate, evil, the perils of greed, and the plight of oppressed people. The infant son of Juana and Kino, a fisherman and pearl diver, is stung by a scorpion. The doctor refuses to treat the baby because Kino does not have the money to pay him, and because the affluent Spanish colonialists look down at the natives. Kino dives for pearls in the hope that he could afford to pay a doctor, and comes up with a huge, valuable pearl--the "Pea ...more
Madeline
Poor pearl diver in South America finds giant-ass pearl, decides to sell it and use the money to buy medicine for his baby, who just got bitten by a scorpion. The mierda hits the fan, people die, everything generally goes to hell in a handbasket, and it all happens in about the space of time it took you to read this review.

Verdict: meh.

Read for: 10th grade English
Nilesh Kashyap
It was a big mistake I made 3 days ago, I was going to start 'Charlotte's Web' but instead I started 'The Pearl' thinking it was written before ‘Of Mice and Men’ and on just finishing I found it was written much later. All I remember is my decision to read books in sequence they were published. Anyway it can’t be undone.

The Review:

“In the town they tell the story of the great pearl” how it was found and how it was lost again. They tell of Kino, the fisherman, and of his wife, Juana, and of the
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Kaya
Jan 27, 2015 Kaya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Steinbeck's book I've read, though it won't be the last, despite the horrible first impression. I hate everything in this book - from it's anticlimactic writing to its incommodious characters. There is nothing worth praise in here. After I reached the end, I've been so angry and almost ready to punch something.

Poor Indian, who lives in the South America with his wife and their baby, finds giant pearl, decides to sell it and then use the money to buy medicine for his child, who
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Carmo
A Pérola é provavelmente de todos os livros que tenho, o que li mais vezes. É uma história comovente cheia de simbolismo. Desde o inicio da narrativa que se sente a tragédia a pairar sob as personagens. Kino e Juana não têm mais nada na vida além da canoa que utilizam para apanhar ostras. Acalentam a esperança de um dia a sorte lhes sorrir e encontrarem a pérola que lhes permita dar ao filho, Coyotito, uma vida melhor.
E precisamente quando mais precisavam encontraram. Uma pérola enorme, que num
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Heba
Feb 26, 2016 Heba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ارمها بعيداً يا كينو...دعنا نحطمها بالأحجار ..قم بنسيانها...
دعنا نُرميها ثانية إلى البحر ..سوف تُدمرنا
هنالك شيطان يقبع في اللؤلؤة...

تُري احقاً كان شيطان يقبع بها..؟
أم كان هؤلاء المحتالون والمخادعون الذين يحيطون ب" كينو" هم من يتمثل الشيطان بهم؟
وكيف يرميها بعيداً وقد رأى على سطحها جميع أحلامه وإنها فرصته الوحيدة في أن يذهب ابنه إلى المدرسة يوماً ويتعلم القراءة ويكسر ذاك المستنقع الذي رُيط فيه والداه...
ما نظنه سيكون سبب سعادتنا يكون هو السبيل الذي نسلكه لتعاستنا وشقاءنا...
هل كان عليه أن يتخلى ع
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Ler com Lobos
Jan 22, 2016 Ler com Lobos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5*

No Verão passado cheguei a levar este livrinho (que tem 79 páginas, menos do que pensava) comigo para a praia mas nunca o cheguei a ler o que foi uma pena porque seria uma experiência ainda melhor visto que a história se passa nesse ambiente e temos descrições fantásticas das paisagens e da natureza no geral.

Gostei imenso disso e da escrita do autor (já tinha lido o Ratos e Homens e achei o mesmo). É mais simples do que esperava mas sem deixar de ser poética, bonita e cativante.
E depois há v
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Erin Clemence
Sep 03, 2016 Erin Clemence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in high school (doesn’t everyone?) and then recently re-read it, surprising even myself. Initially I had picked it up because it was such a small book, and the 89 pages were just long enough to get me through the day. I normally try and avoid massive literature greats like Steinbeck, as the easy reading I normally do helps me to escape my reality without a huge deal of thought.
Anyway, Steinbeck’s story (for those who don’t know) tells the tale of Kino, his young bride Juana and
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Cathrine ☯
Apr 03, 2016 Cathrine ☯ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a sense of adventure
4+★
This short novella (90 pages) brings to mind the biblical parable of The Pearl Of Great Price. Like the parables, the telling juxtaposes contrasting motifs of good and evil and what defines them or makes them so. How sudden wealth can corrupt depending on one’s choices, needs, or morals. Is it better to let things be or risk irreperable change for possible transformation or benefit? The reader has much to ponder throughout the pages which turn beautifully. I could hear the sounds of water, sm
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Aj the Ravenous Reader

This is one of the first novels I have ever read. The story is simple but very genuine. The plot is interesting and the messages the story contains are timeless and universal. It is also a very quick read.
Shannon (leaninglights)
Greed is a dangerous thing.
Luís C.
Aug 29, 2014 Luís C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an allegory of money or, at least, a parable on the theme of physical possession.
All is symbol in this book, the pearl, object coveted by bead researchers, like money, sought by those who do not, are in the center.
The story takes place in Mexican California, near the end of the peninsula. The protagonists are poor (as seems to me at Steinbeck) and one of them will find, so to say, the gem. I'll let you see what can happen to the poor who die of a magical stroke let fly fortune ... T
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Duane
Steinbeck's tragic novella is about a poor pearl diver, Kino, and what happens to him and his family after he finds "the pearl of the world". This great pearl should bring incredible wealth to it's owner, but the ways of the world are not set to benefit Kino which he quickly learns. This book is likable and easy to read, even for people who are not generally fond of Steinbeck's writing, I would think.
Betsy Robinson
Aug 02, 2015 Betsy Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can’t help it. I’m seeing everything I’m reading these days through the metaphor of our insane political culture. Maybe that’s because we are in the midst of iconic metaphors—the stuff of Shakespeare, Aristotle, and more recently John Steinbeck.

The Pearl, based on a classic Mexican folk tale, tells the story of Kino, Juana, and their infant son. They are simple people, whose life explodes with a scorpion bite. Poison! Poison leads to a need to pay for a bogus antidote, which leads to the disco
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Richard Derus
Dec 11, 2016 Richard Derus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4* of five

A beautiful fable of life's central issue: greed. How awful it felt to write that sentence.

Particularly important to read in this horrendous passage in American history.
Stephen
Nov 09, 2007 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sad tale of a happy, young family whose discovery of a pearl of great wealth brings only death and misery.

A fisherman, Kino, discovers a large pearl while harvesting oysters with his wife. Believing they are now rich, the fisherman formulates plans that will allow him and his family to live a better life. The plans are modest and include sending their baby son to school, formally marrying his wife in a church, and buying a rifle.

The Plot
A young fisherman discovers a large pearl. Believing the
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Jon
Oct 30, 2016 Jon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Pearl is an adaptation of a Mexican folk tale and deals with themes related to materialism, greed, and man’s capacity for evil. The plot is simple: Kino, a poor, Mexican pearl diver, finds a huge gem one day and dreams of bettering his life and the lives of his wife and infant son, but the pearl soon brings him only tragedy.

It’s Steinbeck, so the writing is excellent and the book offers a sympathetic portrait of Kino and his family. In keeping with Steinbeck’s support of the exploited and o
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Kim
Nov 12, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

A jewel of a novella, short, suspenseful and moving, The Pearl is the re-telling of a Mexican folk tale. It's the story of Kino, a poor pearl diver, who finds an enormous pearl. He sees it as the path to dignity for his family and an education for his son, but it brings tragedy instead. Essentially a parable, a central message of the work is to be careful what you wish for. The message is obvious from the text and there's nothing subtle about the way in which it's presented. On the other hand, S
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Carol
May 04, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, read-2013
This short, but powerful Steinbeck novella is packed with emotion and many topics for a great bookclub discussion. Greed, violence, and evildoers progress along to a (view spoiler)
Gautam
Nov 16, 2015 Gautam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another deeply moving novella from Steinbeck. A great read.

Brian
A scorpion stings a baby and the parents take him to a doctor. They don't have enough to pay so the doctor refuses. The dad goes to the river to look for a pearl and finds The Pearl of the World. This pearl becomes the object of tragedy. Steinbeck may conflict with some modern readers but for literary and classic lovers his writing brings great pleasure. His descriptions and choice of words amazes the mind. He writes as if he tells a legendary story to a family knowing it for centuries. He calls ...more
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John Steinbeck III was an American writer. He wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories.

In 1962 Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Steinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley
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