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The Pearl

27 Ratings: 2.9
A John Steinbeck novella.

The Pearl is a novella written by John Steinbeck, published in 1947. The story tells of a poor pearl diver whose son falls ill. When the family cannot afford medical treatment, his father searches for and finds a large pearl. The rest of the novella … see full wiki

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Author: John Steinbeck
Genre: Historical Fiction/Drama
Publisher: Viking Press, William Heinemann
Date Published: 1947
ISBN: 0-14-017737-X
6 reviews about The Pearl
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
This is one of the most depressing things I've ever read. Steinbeck's style is excellent but the story is less than uplifting.
Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
Read this in high school. Hated it.
review by . June 30, 2010
Purpose – John Steinbeck wrote this parable in an attempt to capture humanity’s essence. Through the main character, Kino, he shows how easily a man's vision can be clouded by empty promises. Through Kino’s wife, Juana, he shows the strength of feminine will. Steinbeck uses his character's experiences to show the reader how easily someone's world can fall apart and a warning against one’s aspirations.   Structure of novel – Steinbeck divided The …
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
An enduring classic.
review by . December 22, 2009
Kino is a pearl diver in La Paz, Mexico, eking out a meager subsistence living for his wife, Juana, and their infant son, Coyotito. When Coyotito is stung by a scorpion, Kino is both embarrassed and angered by the fact that the arrogant, self-centered town doctor is unwilling to help because they are unable to pay. Diving long and deep, perhaps to cool off his anger or perhaps to find an extra pearl or two so that he might have the money for his son's care, he emerges from the Gulf of Mexico with …
review by . December 17, 2008
The Pearl, in my opinion, is one of Steinbeck's best novels. It tells the tale of a poor pearl diver whose son falls ill. The diver cannot afford treatment for his son, so he sets off to find a large pearl. After endless searching, he finds a huge one, enough to provide for his son's needs and for the rest of his family.     But as soon as the cash starts flowing in, the problems start. Steinbeck describes the effects of rocketing out of your social and economic position, and …
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