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The Pearl by John Steinbeck
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Sep 09, 08

bookshelves: fiction-and-humor
Read in January, 1972

The Pearl is one of those books that can be understood on many different levels. When I first read it as a teenager, it spoke to me, but I wasn't sure why. Later, I appreciated its value as pure literature, for the sheer beauty of the wordsmithing. Yet later, I began to see lessons in the fable, and even later, fables in some of the lessons.

The single most powerful insight that has remained with me over the years is the absolute destructiveness of grasping for material wealth, whether our own or that of others. Simplicity is its own reward, and being solidly grounded in a clear knowledge of what is most important in life is supremely important...indeed, it is the only thing that will prevent one from skating from one side to another, rather than moving ahead.

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