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The Pearl [Paperback]

John Steinbeck
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26 Jan 2012

'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 baby, Coyotito. And because the story has been told so often, it has taken root in every man's mind.'

The Pearl is Steinbeck's heartbreaking short parable about wealth and the darkness and evil it can instill in even the most generous of men's hearts.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (26 Jan 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0241952468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241952467
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 11.1 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is no more impressive writer on either side of the Atlantic (Time and Tide)

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Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. His complete works are published by Penguin.

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A stark, powerful allegory, written so well that it passes swiftly in a few readings. The theme is Steinbeck's perennial concern: the crushing of good by evil - and yet life is enhanced.

Though many love this novella, it does not quite work well enough for me because the personalities of the people are cursory, almost cliched. This is no doubt deliberate, but it gives a flatness to the story: I did not care strongly what happened to Kino and Juana, because their responses and emotions were so formulaic.

A minor quibble is that the narrative voice occasionally sounds intrusive, breaking the spell of the tale (eg commenting on page 17 that the native remedy was 'probably better than [what] the doctor could have done').

What worked well was the sense of doom and the pathos of Kino and Juana's situation. Also, the physical details of their stark lives were deftly illuminated by brief, powerful descriptions of the natural scenery.
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Set in an indigenous fishing village at the turn of the century, this is a simply-structured tale of betrayal, fear, envy and hate. The plot moves like a melody to a vicious and abrupt finale. Only a short story, this is a fantastic example of the power of Steinbeck’s ability to describe and decipher the deepest human emotions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So well written 12 Mar 2013
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This is a well written if depressing story. Would have given it five stars only for the sense of dread, for Kino and his family, on every page.
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