May 21, 09
Read in May, 2009
May 20, 2009
This book, The Pearl, was nothing special. The book was a parable, so it did have a lesson, to be careful what you wish for, but many stories do. In this book, a poor family living in Mexico has a stroke of luck by finding what comes to be known as “The Pearl of the World”. It is described to be about the size of a seagull’s eye, which is quite big for a pearl.
The style of the book seemed very repetitive in each sentence, especially repeating words in the same paragraph. I wish the author would have used a slightly different style to write this book. In my opinion, I believe it would be better if it was written in say, first person, with the main character telling the story rather than the narrator simply explaining the events as they occur. My least favorite part was the tragic ending. I feel that if you have a story with a lesson, you might as well have learned from that and gone on with life, not have your first infant son die.
John Steinbeck has a reputation of being one of the best classic novel authors, so this was a large disappointment to me. I had heard from peers that this novel was sub-par, but it was still a bit of a shock. I hope that others have different opinions on this piece of literature; otherwise it may no longer sell in my age group.