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This book is LITERATURE, but it has quite a sad ending........
It does show what the thought of possible wealth can do to someone.
l do recommend it to people with a love of rich writing $.$
personally, l didn't really enjoy it, but it is something lots of other people would like ^-^
I marvel at Steinbeck's genius. Sure there are possible philosophical themes. But you can just enjoy his writing.
The writing is incredibly lucid and potent, which alone makes this novella worth reading. The film lacks in depth in places but tries to feign depth with its subject matter. The final chapters especially end up feeling a bit silly for some reason, probably because Steinbeck tries so hard to be poignant with the narrative. I enjoyed reading the book, and I understand why it is a required reading in many high schools, but even Steinbeck's beautiful use of language cannot save this narrative from trying just a bit too hard.
"The Pearl" serves as a reminder about what is important in life. Like "Of Mice and Men", it is also beautifully sad.
straight forward writing style without a lot of character development. Steinbeck takes to a Mexican village quickly and sets forth the impact on a man of the greed from acquiring wealth. worth a read
This book was entertaining and a quick read. Although it was quite a disappointment and I better stop before I say anything worst. A good book if your waiting in multiple offices during appointments through out the day. LOL
This book was really boring, and I made no connection with the main character, Kino, whatsoever. A waste of time, if you ask me.
This is LITERATURE. The whole book happens in two days. The author will introduce you to a different culture and characters, put in a situation far from normal where may be they cannot handle it.
Is money a blessing for the better future of your loving ones? Or it comes with too much of a sacrifice? Is it worthy to fight for a better future or not?
If you do not connect with Steinbeck either you have not a soul, either you are not ready for Literature, go back to the shelf of junk novels for your mind to feed on them. Come back for Literature when you are ready.
This is the first Steinbeck book I've read that didn't have a bunch of drunks, a suicide, and/or a killing as an ending. For this reason alone, the author and book earn two stars. After that, nothing else really describes how one can devote 100 pages to a pearl... Ho hum, I could have had two hours of sleep and been more entertained..
The theme of this book is neither pearls nor pearl divers, as the library subject headings would have you believe. It is about Greed. And the clash of a simple ancient culture in La Paz, Mexico, with a dominant, conquering, money-motivated culture. Beautifully written, simply written, and yet profound. Originally published in a magazine; short enough to read in an afternoon.
I love the way this book is written. Every time I read Steinbeck I enjoy his writing more. Just beautiful.
I just finished reading this book for my school's summer reading and I highly recommend it. It is full of morals represented in the conflict between innocence ( Kino, Coyotito and Juana ; the Song of Family ) and evil ( avarice, the Song of Evil or the Song of the Pearl ). Kino, the poor fisherman, was happy for finding the Pearl of the World that would save his ill child and solve his problems, and he thought that everyone in his town would feel the same. However, the people's greed and avarice destroyed his innocent dreams and the Song of the evil became stronger than the Song of the Pearl.
Not too much going on in the story. Although I'm no literary connoisseur, I can't fathom why this book is considered such a classic.
The Old Man and the Sea is about the same length, but manages to pack in much more substance than The Pearl.
this book is a grreat book to read i highly roccomend it becasue i have read it in my school but it is a great book regardless
John Steinbeck’s The Pearl tells the story of a young Mexican couple, Kino and Juna who, although poor, live a simple but happy life with each other and their baby, Coyotito. Kino is a pearl diver and when upon a dive he discovers “the pearl of the world” their lives change forever. Expecting to receive great wealth and a better way of life from this pearl, the little family discovers only misery and death.
This very short story packs a powerful punch. Steinbeck writes in a simple almost terse style and yet he is able to touch the readers emotions as the story unfolds. Feeling all the emotions that Kino and Juana are going through makes this story come alive. Not a terribly happy tale, but this rather morose tale of sorrow, loss, and redemption has definite value, even though I admit it left me feeling slightly depressed at the futility of their lives
Was a little bit difficult to read because of the style, but still a classic with cultural stories folded in.
Powerful story, really makes you think about humanity in general. However, John Steinbeck's works all make me feel rather depressed and wonder if there is any good in people and society.
This a great little book. I think that there is a wonderful message. I was interested from the beginning. Very cute little story.
When do I get get the book 'Pearl' ?
I put in a request since Feb./2009.