Friday, November 27, 2009

November Novella - The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Title: The Pearl 
Author: John Steinbeck
Publisher: The Viking Press, Inc.
Hardcover, 56 pages
Dated Published: 1953

Description (Taken from Goodreads)
A retelling of an old Mexican folk tale involving the discovery of a great pearl and the ensuing misfortune of the fisherman who found it. 
In essence, The Pearl is a story about family. It is about the things a man will do to protect and to strengthen his family, but also about the evils that work to destroy it.

Kino and Juana, a poor couple with a young baby, are struck with bad luck when their son is stung by a scorpion. They discover the most beautiful pearl that appears to be fated to save their lives, as well as their son. The pearl brings about all the hidden emotions and the evil within human beings. Kino is forced to become someone he never wanted to be and the luck that was associated with finding the pearl becomes a damnation.

The Pearl is a classic story of family and evil that exists in the world. Steinbeck is a pro at delivering some of the most fundamental human issues and The Pearl is definitely one of those stories. It is a powerful, cautionary tale.
 4.5

2 comments:

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

I must admit I haven't read much Steinbeck. You've inspired me to give it more of his books a try!

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Nikki (A Haunt of Ancient Peace) said...

Thanks Alyssa!! I hope you get around to reading some Steinbeck because what I've read, I've loved.

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