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The Pearl by John Steinbeck
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Apr 30, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction-mainstream

Steinbeck, John. THE PEARL. (1947). *****.
Steinbeck was well-schooled in Mexican culture and traditions and in this short novel he tells the tale of a family’s dreams. Kino and Juana had an infant son, Coyotino, for whom they had high hopes and expectations. Most of the dreams were passing fancies, though, because they were extremely poor. Kino was a pearl fisherman and lived on the sales of the small pearls he was able to find in the oyster beds. One day he comes across a giant oyster that contains the largest pearl he ever saw: the Mother of all pearls. Kino knew that this pearl was the way out of poverty and a way of realizing his dreams for his family. He soon discovers, hoever, that many of the people in his village – including the pearl buyers – will go to any lengths to steal the pearl from him. Steinbeck manages to infuse his story with a high level of tension. The parable ends on what we know as a Chinese adage: “Be careful what you wish for.” Highly recommended.
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Carlos I read this book many years ago (It was a must in school) and didnt remember why I liked so much. Now, reading your review I remember why: family, poverty, dreams... Thanks.

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