Author: John SteinbeckPublisher: 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.
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.