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The Pearl reader ï Paperback ê John Steinbeck ê Like his father and grandfather before him Kino is a poor diver gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the kings of Spain and now provide Kino Juana and their infant son with meager subsistence Then on a day like any other Kino emerges from the sOn with meager subsistence Then on a day like any other Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull’s egg as “perfect as the moon” With the pearl comes hope the promise of co In the town they tell the story of the great pearl how it was found and how it was lost againAn amazing piece of literatureBeautiful wordsJohn Steinbeck's The Pearl is a simple story about simple people with beautiful words A must read

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Mfort and of securityA story of classic simplicity based on a Mexican folk tale The Pearl explores the secrets of man’s nature greed the darkest depths of evil and the luminous possibilities of lo So John Steinbeck and his editor walk into a bar disclaimer I'm making this up and John's editor says John it's so bor ing being your editor 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 fictionJohn lights a smoke takes a slug of beer grunts Reports from the war hum from a radio at the bar and his editor finds the courage to continue Well 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 themes Keep your characters limited AND oh yeah here's the real kicker keep it under 100 pagesJohn looks up from his beer wonders if he can hear a score on the game He looks over briefly at the editorYeah I'll do her Got any cigarettes?

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The PearlLike his father and grandfather before him Kino is a poor diver gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the kings of Spain and now provide Kino Juana and their infant s Innocence turning to greed and how people react to another man's good fortune is the major theme of John Steinbeck's popular novella The Pearl set apparently in the early 20th century the author is rather vague on the subject in the then small sleepy town now a major city of La Paz Baja California Mexico near the tip of the astonishing long peninsula 775 miles Our main character is Kino a young poor Mexican man in his early 20's of Indian extraction living in a remote part of the uiet city on the beach in the Gulf of California or the Sea of Cortez Senor Cortes would not recognize the anglicized spelling pick your choice His under the mangroves flimsy brush house has three inside the pearl diver his wife Juana not official their first an only child a son the baby Coyotito he loves his family and the neighbors an uneducated superstitious group as destitute as he yet a great generous tribe who have been exploited for 400 years by the European conuerors A tragic almost fatal occurrence happens and the very concerned parents go on a desperate uest to see the only local doctor a rare visit they know his reputation a racist that considers the indigenous animals doesn't work for free will he treat their much cherished boy ? The whole neighborhood follows including his older brother Juan Tomas and wife Apolonia it is uite a sight the whole town stares at the procession mesmerized by the strange parade of the impoverished in the early morning lightArriving and the expected no money no medicine so the couple comes back home and pray for the best to Jesus or the gods Juana does both Life must continue however Kino and Juana push their old much repaired canoe that was his grandfather's into the calm warm green gulf waters swiftly jump in and paddle vigorously until they reach the pearl beds belowKino can stay under for two minutes he has a knife for prying open the oysters and two ropes one attached to a basket for the would be precious mineral and the other a rock to send the skilled diver to the bottom of the ocean uicklyIt will change the way people treat the poor Indian later his astounded friends will call it The Pearl of the World a huge iridescent object as big as a seagull's egg men have killed for less they try to cheat Kino steal deceive destroy his whole family he must leave and seek a honest person to buy the pearl in a large city Coyotito needs to go to school be baptized fine clothes for Juana get married in the Church a rifle for himself away from the evil surrounding him the happy songs will not be sung the little family walks away into an uncertain destiny the black night grows thicker and the evil will followJohn Steinbeck's wonderful fable simple in plot with a few characters involved in the story yet they are enough to articulate his views of the corruption of the individual when avarice consumes a man's soul and the endless cruelty inflicted on others to achieve his unsavory goal sad but true