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The Pearl by John Steinbeck
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Jul 30, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: anyone
Read in July, 2007

This is a very powerful book that's mostly about deceptive treasures - finding certain things that are out of reach to be of utmost importance, or getting to excited about material goods. I really liked how this book shows us that family and our own ways of life are to be appreciated and maintained for their sake, that we shouldn't cast aside the way we want to do things and pursue earthly treasures or the ways that others (in this book, the white folks) do things. Kinda like a story about pulling away from external pressures, and I can see how it could be looked at anew in the context of America pushing its culture around the world. Umm okay my imagination got a little too far out there... anyway, it's a really well written book, as I expect from Steinbeck, and it's short so it's easy to get wrapped up in from cover to cover, if you've got a couple hours.
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Neha I totally agree!

Cecilia Osornio I completely agree with you Steinbeck has done it once again he turned this classic Mexican tale of a Pearl into an amazing parable about human greed. Indeed this novella is about treasures and family ties, but it is also about hope for a better tomorrow and how those dreams can easily be crushed by other people.

Laura Herzlos "our own ways of life are to be appreciated and maintained", yes, let's keep the poor uneducated folk poor and uneducated... because it's wrong to pursue earthly treasures such as, you know, education! *smh*

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