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Unlike gold and diamonds, a pearl needs no finishing, and yet its allure arises from its imperfections: the shifting elusiveness of the watery light it exudes, the unexpectedly grainy surface, the not-quite spherical shape, and the glowing warmth it imparts to eye and skin.

Fortune shines. Wealth brings power, and power tends to corrupt. The possession possesses him. Ultimately, this is a story of sacrifice - specifically, of choosing what and when to surrender.

Make the wrong choice, and you risk losing everything. Story in Song The people of the Gulf of California had songs for everything, though maybe only Kino hears them now.

Kino and Juana blend belief systems: ancient magic invocations, Hail Marys and prayers, and a resentful faith in the knowledge and consequent power of white settlers.

Transfiguration is not always for the better. And the Moral Is Unlike a traditional parable or morality tale, there is no explicit teaching point, not even a clear ending.

Just a new, stark, and very uncertain beginning. Licensed under CC By 2. The Bible was certainly part of his heritage, but broader, non-sectarian social justice permeates his works.

And it was. Its warm lucence promised a poultice against illness and a wall against insult. It closed a door on hunger. This is how we walk and talk and function View all 31 comments.

Overall, it's just not very good. I keep debating whether I should rate it one star or two, but ultimately the Goodreads definition of the two-star rating, "it was ok," pushes me over the edge.

It wasn't ok; nothing about this was ok. The writing style is bad, though I haven't read enough Steinbeck to know whether his stilted, awkward prose is just an affectation for this work in an insulting attempt to illustrate that his main characters are poorly educated , or whether he is just always like t Overall, it's just not very good.

The writing style is bad, though I haven't read enough Steinbeck to know whether his stilted, awkward prose is just an affectation for this work in an insulting attempt to illustrate that his main characters are poorly educated , or whether he is just always like this.

His treatment of his characters is truly awful. Steinbeck strikes me as the worst kind of liberal; he's full of compassion for the circumstances of his characters, but that compassion never rises above the level that any of us would have for a sick animal.

At least in this work, he seems like the kind of person who loves the poor, but only for the fact that they're poor.

In short, he doesn't seem to think of his characters as people, just creatures buffeted by terrible circumstances. And the moral of the story is nearly reprehensible, to the extent that it makes any sense.

The reason bad things are happening to these poor creatures? They wanted a better life. Steinbeck seems to be saying, "don't try to do anything to improve yourselves, and you certainly should never dream.

Be satisfied with where you are, because trying only leads to failure. His choice is a stark "poor and miserable" or "poorer and more miserable.

If you like heavy-handed stories with a poor moral sense and bad writing View all 23 comments. Jan 09, Cindy Newton rated it really liked it Shelves: classic-lit-american.

This is a deceptively simple Mexican fable. It's written by Steinbeck, so of course, it's written beautifully. The story is pretty straightforward--poor, uneducated peasant finds monster pearl and now has everything previously denied to him within his grasp.

Or does he? He and the other natives in his village are under the control of the wealthy Spanish people who have taken up residence in the nicer This is a deceptively simple Mexican fable.

He and the other natives in his village are under the control of the wealthy Spanish people who have taken up residence in the nicer part of town. The wealthy Spanish people live comfortably in their brick and plaster houses, exercising an iron control over the laws and economics of the town, while Kino and his ilk live in brush huts.

Kino, however, is happily married to Juana, and they are both content in their relationship and with their beloved first-born son, Coyotito. The serpent enters their tropical Eden in the form of a scorpion that stings the baby--a possible death sentence.

When the Spanish doctor refuses to treat him because of their poverty, Kino goes pearl-diving, laboring under tremendous emotional agony. He finds a large, obviously old oyster, and it yields a magnificent pearl--the pearl of the world.

It is at this moment, when Fate drops a fortune into Kino's hands, that his real troubles begin. Okay, so as we follow Kino through the increasing complexity of the problems that develop as a result of his ownership of this pearl, many issues are raised.

What, exactly, is Steinbeck saying? The old adage, "Be careful what you wish for," comes to mind, and is certainly apropos.

I have read that some see this as a critique of capitalism and the American Dream. Certainly Kino seems to have achieved the American Dream when that pearl drops into his hand.

But that dream, his good fortune, is ruthlessly hunted and destroyed, piece by piece, by faceless individuals who could be anyone--his friends, his neighbors, or the greedy members of the wealthy community.

So Steinbeck could be saying that the American Dream is a myth, that the system is stacked against those who need it the most. What about capitalism?

Under the principles of capitalism, Kino should have been rewarded for bringing such a rare, desirable object into the marketplace.

Instead, it is treated with contempt by those who should have been most interested in acquiring it. In reality, true capitalism was never really at play.

There was no competition; the market was controlled by one person. So is Steinbeck saying that capitalism, too, is a myth? That human corruption will always interfere with the free and unimpeded flow of the marketplace?

Greed is condemned in all forms, and everyone seems to feel it. After the news of Kino's find circulates, various people all start calculating how his profits can personally affect them.

The doctor belatedly hurries to the side of the baby, eager to charge exorbitant fees for his assistance; the priest begins to mull pressuring Kino to donate to the church for repairs; and even the town beggars begin to anticipate Kino's generosity to them.

But is Kino guilty of greed, as well? Is he reaching for too much, demanding too much, of life? He is certainly punished for attempting to have more.

I teach my students that in order to determine the themes of a text, you look at what happens to the main characters.

By any interpretation, the themes of this story are bleak. Either Kino allows the pearl to give him delusions of grandeur that cause him to attempt to fly too close to the sun, and, like Icarus, tumble to his doom, or Kino is an example of how a poor, uneducated person has no chance of prevailing against the system and bettering his life in any way.

Not only will he not be permitted to move up, but he will be severely punished for the attempt. I personally believe it is the latter theme that is best supported by the text, but I don't believe it is a true statement about the condition of the American Dream in our country today.

While breaking free of poverty is difficult to do and is a complex issue, I do not believe that people attempting to do so are faced with certain defeat, as Kino was.

There are people who accomplish it, so it is doable. Steinbeck, like Charles Dickens, used his writing to fight fiercely for the rights of the poor and downtrodden, and I think that the enduring nature of their works are a testament to how very effective they were.

View all 25 comments. Aug 02, brian rated it liked it. View all 21 comments. Oct 19, Julie rated it it was amazing. So, John Steinbeck and his editor walk into a bar.

I mean, you've written the Great American novel, you've won the Pulitzer, you've fought for the poor man, you've made your fiction read like non-fiction and your non-fiction read like fiction.

Reports from the war hum from a radio at the bar and his editor finds the courage to continue. So, maybe, you know, it would be funny ha ha ha , if you could take a story, a legend you know, and make it real.

Take a legend, maybe from an ancient people, and make it a vehicle for the entire human condition.

Throw in all of the good stuff: light versus dark, good versus evil, man versus man, man versus God. Add a few archetypes, some symbolism, a few more themes.

Keep your characters limited AND, oh, yeah, here's the real kicker. He looks over briefly at the editor. I'll do her. Got any more cigarettes?

View 1 comment. Jul 22, Dolors rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Seekers of pearls of wisdom instead of riches. Shelves: dost , read-in A melody shrouded in ancestral mystery can be heard amidst the roaring waves lapping at the shores of this pulsating narration.

Summoning songs of despair and songs of hope, soothing lullabies and wrathful incantations, this folkloric tale unfolds between oscillating paeans to love and hate, repression and freedom, good and evil and ponders about the thin line separating the power of dreams from blinding ambition.

A pearl of unparalleled beauty disrupts the life of a humble fisherman and his family and leads them to a fatal outcome following the style of classical tragedies.

The impossibility of defeating fatum , that adverse destiny that enslaves mankind with the manacles of greed and pride and nurtures self-destruction is the beguiling voice and true protagonist of the story.

For it is in the nacreous surface, in the seductive roundness of the pearl where the real dilemma arises. Is purity of beauty more deadly than the venom of a scorpion?

Is man unworthy of divine exquisiteness? Can you hear the echo of deception that hides behind the mask of flawless perfection?

Steinbeck did. It is only the reflection of his own shadows that he is after. Can you hear it? Steinbeck could. View all 61 comments. Jan 27, Kaya rated it did not like it.

This is the first Steinbeck's book I've read, though it won't be the last, despite the horrible first impression. I hate everything in this book - from it's anticlimactic writing to its incommodious characters.

There is nothing worth praise in here. After I reached the end, I've been so angry and almost ready to punch something. Poor low-class man, living with his wife and their baby, finds a giant pearl, decides to sell it and then use the money to buy medicine for his child, who just got bitte This is the first Steinbeck's book I've read, though it won't be the last, despite the horrible first impression.

Poor low-class man, living with his wife and their baby, finds a giant pearl, decides to sell it and then use the money to buy medicine for his child, who just got bitten by a scorpion.

The selling part didn't go well, shit gets real, people die without any real purpose and it all happens in about 90 pages.

In between, there are large amounts of racism, bigotry, and misogyny. The reason bad things happen to this poor family is that they wanted a better life and the guy didn't want to let anyone stop him from getting it.

Basically, his wife is superstitious, tells him the pearl is evil, he doesn't listen, so tragedy happens. Steinbeck is actually telling us to be satisfied with what we are and not try seeking better options because we're inevitably going to fail in the end.

Maybe I should've tried more to read between lines but this was too much for me. Try and see it for yourself. The narrator literally has no personality, so I don't know how I'm supposed to empathize with any of his struggles.

He had some abrupt reactions, but when it comes to recognizable emotions he's pretty blank. I hate it when I can't connect to the main characters or ANY of the characters.

And their difficulties were severe. View all 28 comments. She was as remote and as removed as Heaven. The Pearl is a beautifully written tale of avarice and the power of ignorance.

There are a few novels I consider perfect and The Pearl is one of them. The symbolism is built up layer by layer, like an oyster coating a grain of sand, and the result is a flawless tale, smooth and clear, like the Pearl of the World.

This is the story of the dawn of consciousness: The story human beings have been telling themselves since human beings started telling stories.

The story of us, what we are, and how we There are a few novels I consider perfect and The Pearl is one of them. The story of us, what we are, and how we came to be.

The perennial story. Steinbeck tells it as well as the best of them. In the beginning, there is peace.

La Paz. The little family lives in harmony with nature. Kino wakes up in the morning and hears the song of the family.

He looks at the world around him. The crowing rooster. The rooting pigs. The waves lapping on the shore. The dog curled up at his feet. In his primitive idyll, Kino is both animal and God.

Hoping to protect their son, Kino and Juana rush him to the doctor in town. Later that same morning, Kino and Juana take their family canoe, an heirloom, out to the estuary to go diving for pearls.

Kino lets out a triumphant yell at his good fortune, prompting the surrounding boats to circle in and examine the treasure.

Kino names a list of things that he will secure for his family with his newfound wealth, including a church wedding and an education for his son.

Toward evening, the local priest visits Kino to bless him in his good fortune and to remind him of his place within the church.

Shortly thereafter, the doctor arrives, explaining that he was out in the morning but has come now to cure Coyotito.

He administers a powdered capsule and promises to return in an hour. In the intervening period, Coyotito grows violently ill, and Kino decides to bury the pearl under the floor in a corner of the brush house.

The doctor returns and feeds Coyotito a potion to quiet his spasms. When the doctor inquires about payment, Kino explains that soon he will sell his large pearl and inadvertently glances toward the corner where he has hidden the pearl.

This mention of the pearl greatly intrigues the doctor, and Kino is left with an uneasy feeling. Before going to bed, Kino reburies the pearl under his sleeping mat.

That night, he is roused by an intruder digging around in the corner. Terribly upset by this turn of events, Juana proposes that they abandon the pearl, which she considers an agent of evil.

The next morning, Kino and Juana make their way to town to sell the pearl. Indeed, all of the dealers conspire to bid low on the pearl. Kino indignantly refuses to accept their offers, resolving instead to take his pearl to the capital.

Kino silences her, explaining that he is a man and will take care of things. Three powerful novels of the late s focused on the California laboring class: In Dubious Battle , Of Mice and Men , and the book considered by many his finest, The Grapes of Wrath Early in the s, Steinbeck became a filmmaker with The Forgotten Village and a serious student of marine biology with Sea of Cortez He devoted his services to the war, writing Bombs Away and the controversial play-novelette The Moon is Down Cannery Row , The Wayward Bus , another experimental drama, Burning Bright , and The Log from the Sea of Cortez preceded publication of the monumental East of Eden , an ambitious saga of the Salinas Valley and his own family's history.

The last decades of his life were spent in New York City and Sag Harbor with his third wife, with whom he traveled widely.

Steinbeck died in New York in Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America's greatest writers and cultural figures.

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