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The Pearl (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) Hardcover – Jan 1 1993


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812416430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812416435
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (394 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,999,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By SnowPharoah TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 15 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Fables allow us to tell simple stories that resonate in complex situations. The Pearl tells the tale of a poor pearl diver who finds a pearl of incredible value. He knows that the pearl is useless unless he can sell it. To sell it, he must be able to protect it and sell it at its value price. Otherwise, all is for not. Instantly, there are different individuals and groups who either want the pearl and are willing to go to great lengths to get it, or other groups, who also want it but will instead devalue it. And there is also what goes on in the hearts of Kino, the diver, his wife and those who love them. The pearl is a way out, but also a way in, to broken hearts and to the reality of our harsh world. The pearl is a place and an object of contrasts, of potential pleasure, of certain pain. A wonderful, thought provoking story, that provides much impetus for thought about what we search for, how we think about the happiness that we search, and the workings of our world.
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By Rodge TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 3 2013
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Steinbeck proves that morality tales don't have to be preachy and annoying in this fine, short work. The discovery of a highly valuable pearl unleashes a sequence if ugly events. The parallel to the American Dream is obvious, but the story has a simple, unflinching power that will stay with you.
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By JP Morency on Feb. 16 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Thank you for the fast shipping and the great condition. The book is great, very useful with my students! They've learned a lot!
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By Oliver TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 12 2009
Format: Paperback
The Pearl is essentially a morality tale about how the pursuit of wealth can lead to unhappiness. Perhaps that is unfair; putting it that way conjures up images of preachiness and boredom. The Pearl is neither preachy nor boring. It is a simple, short story, well told. It is well worth the short time it will take you to read it.
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By Ken Lin on Jan. 2 2003
Format: Paperback
The Pearl by John Steinbeck was set at a little village called La Paz in Baja California, Mexico. In this book the main character Kino has Live in this small village with his wife, Juana and his son, Coyotito. Although that they are poor, they all has a great life, until Coyotito had been bitten by the scorpion. Kina had no money to pay for the doctor to treat his son. So they went to the gulf to try to find a pearl, so that he can pay the doctor to treat his son. Fortunately he had found the pearl, and it is not just a little pearl, it is "The Pearl Of The World. "It is as perfect as the moon and as big as the sea gull's egg". First Kino thinks that this pearl will bring a good future to him and his family, but instead this pearl is the root of all the evil. It has brought fear and evil and also a lot of problems to Kino and his family. Will Kino and his family overcome all the problems or will the problems get them?
I think the book "The Pearl" is a very nice book and also a helpful book for everyone, and I will rate it with five stars. I think that everyone should read this book, because it is a very interesting book and it has all kinds of conflicts. And most important is that it tells people never to be greedy, when people are greedy, or want a thing too much, they will never get those things that they want. Instead, they will get something evil.
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By Will Kern on Dec 6 2002
Format: Paperback
The Pearl
By: Will Kern
Boring! That's the one word that I can use to describe this true but uneventful book. I mean it still had events, but lets just say they did nothing to make this book a good read. The book was also too predictable. You knew exactly when something bad are good was going to happen in the book. If something bad were going to happen then a "song of evil" would begin to play. If something nice was going to happen there either wasn't a song or it was a calm song that he would hum.

It is nice that he would write a story that had been passed down for generations in this small little village, but he picked the wrong one. He should have picked one with more action and adventure to it. It was also unfortunate that in the end Kino becomes the bad guy, but learns a lesson that money is not always everything.
John Steinbeck makes a mistake in making the family to blind in what is going on around them. Like when the doctor says the effect of the scorpion sting will come later and may cause Coyotito to become blind. So the doctor gave the baby a white powder in a gelatin capsule. The baby takes the pill, and the doctor says this will stop the pain although the baby seems to have no more pain. He says he will come back in an hour. So he does and for some reason gives the baby water with ammonia. Kino is unable to pay him at the time, but once he sells the pearl he will repay him. He makes a big mistake at that time. The doctor says that he should keep with him, in his safe. At that time Kino looks down at the floor where he has buried the pearl. The doctor realizes it and has a plan. He comes the night to steal it, but wakes Kino and is nearly stabbed.
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Format: Paperback
Although this book may be slim and thin, it gives a powerful and straight forward teachings of the natures of men. Kino, the main character, goes through a tragic event of being unable to afford his son's visit to the doctor as the wound from the poisonous scorpion kept on getting worse. To save his beloved son, he dives into the waters and finds a pearl that seemed to posess the shape and the size of a full moon. When the words quickly spread about the mysterious pearl, he soon finds him self stranded between the greedy who devastatingly want to purchase his beautful item. Unluckly, as the story progresses towards the end, Kino faces many depressing results. However, to those who love short and heart thrilling novels, I highly recommend this book... READ IT TODAY!
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