The Pearl Library Binding – Feb 1 1993
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From Library Journal
February 27 marks the great Steinbeck's 100th birthday, and the publishing world is celebrating appropriately. The Library of America volume collects the author's little-known 1942 novel The Moon Is Down along with popular standards Cannery Row (1945), The Pearl (1947), and East of Eden (1952). If you prefer individual copies, Penguin is also releasing top-quality paperback Centennial Editions of several of Steinbeck's titles, which in addition to those listed above and those in the Library of America collection include his travelog Travels with Charley in Search of America (ISBN 0-14-200070-1) and the Pulitzer Prize winner The Grapes of Wrath (ISBN 0-14-200066-3), perhaps the greatest American novel of the 20th century. Penguin, which publishes Steinbeck's 26 works, reports that the volumes still sell more than one million copies annually. Happy birthday, big guy!
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“[The Pearl] has the distinction and sincerity that are evident in everything he writes.”The New Yorker
“Form is the most important thing about him. It is at its best in this work.” Commonweal
“[Steinbeck has] long trained his prose style for such a task as this: that supple unstrained, muscular power, responsive to the slightest pull of the reins.”Chicago Sunday Times--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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Originally a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl, is simply more than a straightforward story of a man who finds a pearl. The Pearl is a powerful parable of inner struggle, greed, jealously, oppression, bravery and so much more. Steinbeck carefully weaves into his folk tale his own creative and personal style using vivid descriptions and strong metaphors. This book is a novel we should all live by. I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages.
Steinbeck sets the stage with a short, two-paragraph preface introducing the main characters: "Kino, the fisherman, .. his wife, Juana, and ... the baby, Coyotito." Steinbeck describes the story as "a parable" in which, "perhaps everyone takes his own meaning from it and reads his own life into it."
Kino, Juana and Coyotito are poor and and live in a simple thatched house. The baby is bitten by a scorpion and Kino and Juana become concerned for his life but have no money to pay a doctor. Kino miraculously finds a pearl of great worth and the couple dream of a better life. But from the outset, the pearl provokes jealousy and violence and leads to great unhappiness for the little family.
I was moved by the figures of song and music that appear throughout the story. We are told at the beginning that Kino's people "had been great makers of songs so that everything they saw or thought or did or heard became a song." Kino hears in his heart various songs throughout his book, the most important of which is the "Song of the Family" or the "Whole" which celebrates his life with his wife and baby.Read more ›
The pearl is an interesting book which contains a lot of literary elements.It has a lot of foreshawing which makes it more interesting and facinating.Im going to give to it 3 starts because from there I learned that we should never like a thing,person,etc too much because it will make us do things that we would not expect.so try to read the book and you would see that this book is really good.
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I had to read this as part of a book club. I'm not usually picky but this was not my cup of tea.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a reminder of what really matters most in life.
It shows how greed can take over a person's life;
how material possessions can change people. Read more
It is a jewel of a book.... everything that Steinbeck wrote is worth reading... as a matter of fact, I am rereading East of Eden and Grapes of Wrath because as you get older, you... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Claudette Hamel
This book was not any average happy ending fairytale anecdote. It was one that showed the true hardships in life, the violence, cruelty, and betrayal of the human race. Read morePublished 18 months ago by vasukie asirwatham
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. Read morePublished on June 15 2014 by SnowPharoah
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2013 by Rodge