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The PearlNts leading to tragedy This classic novella from Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck examines the fallacy of the American dream and illustrates the fall from innocence experienced by people who believe that wealth erases all problems 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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Download The Pearl Epub ✓ 96 pages ñ [Reading] ➶ The Pearl By John Steinbeck – Steinbeck's classic cautionary tale now in an accessible new Spanish language translationOne of Steinbeck's most taught works The Pearl is the story of the Mexican diver Kino whose discovery of a magn Steinbeck's classic cautionary taSteinbeck's classic cautionary tale now in an accessible new Spanish language translationOne of Steinbeck's most taught works The Pearl is the story of the Mexican diver Kino whose discovery of a magnificent pearl from the Gulf bed John Steinbeck's chilling novella The Pearl is the short story selection in the group catching up on classics for January 2017 In his retelling of a Mexican folktale Steinbeck tells the tale of a fisherman named Kino who finds the pearl of the world on one of his dives Showing how money is the root of all evil Steinbeck delivers a poignant tale First published in 1945 The Pearl is the story of Kino Juana and their baby Coyotito who one day discover a giant pearl on one of their fishing expeditions All of a sudden their entire village measures time against when Kino found his pearl Even though fish and pearls are the source of Kino's livelihood each member of the village desires part of his newfound wealth Rather than congratulating him on his prized discovery each villager offers their uniue suggestion as to how Kino should spend his winnings Tragedy strikes Coyotito is bitten by a scorpion and Kino and Juana rush to town in attempt to persuade the doctor to treat their child In a situation permeated with racism the doctor of Spanish descent refuses to treat the apparent Native American Kino unless he comes up with substantial monetary payment The only item of value that Kino possesses is the pearl and he assures the doctor that he will be rewarded once the pearl given to brokers Just like the doctors the pearl brokers attempt to swindle Kino Even though Kino has large dreams of what to do with his money tragedies continue to befall him throughout the novella Juana urges him to rid himself of this object that is clearly an agent of the devil Through this folk tale Steinbeck conveys that money is the root of all evils in the world Underlying is a message of socialism which was the world's response to the fascist dictators defeated in World War II Although Steinbeck's skills as a master storyteller are evident in this novella The Pearl does not resonate with me the way it does with others At first I was elated that a poor villager found a jewel that could turn his life around only to see him face tragic tests A literary masterpiece that should be read nonetheless I rate The Pearl 4 stars 5 for Steinbeck's prose and story telling skills and 25 3 for a story that does not captivate me enough as perhaps it should

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S means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors and even his loving wife Juana cannot temper his obsession or stem the eve “ It was a morning like other mornings and yet perfect among mornings”This novella opens with the simple contentment of a young Mexican pearlfisher at peace with his life wife and baby living in a tightknit community and accompanied by the “Song of the Family” that plays in his mindPearls by contrast are a conseuence of imperfection possibly of pain or discomfort But from the irritation caused by stray sand rare transfixing beauty can occur 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 uite spherical shape and the glowing warmth it imparts to eye and skin Be Careful What You Wish Foruiet contentment would not make much of a story But wherein lies the greater danger a scorpion poised to pounce on a resting babe or a huge pearl that could pay for school and thus enable little Coyotito to “break out of the pot that holds us in”There is mystical hope when “the need was great and the desire was great” but beware “It is not good to want a thing too much” Oyster being opened source hereFortune shines “In the surface of the great pearl he could see dreams forming”Fortune is fickle “The pearl has become my soul” Wealth brings power and power tends to corrupt What once offered warm lucent promise turns “gray and ulcerous” 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 SongThe people of the Gulf of California had songs for everything though maybe only Kino hears them now The story is encapsulated in the evolving seuence of songs minor spoilers implied “Clear and soft The Song of the Family” “The Song of Evil a savage secret dangerous melody and underneath the Song of the Family cried plaintively” “A secret little inner song sweet and secret and clinging almost hiding in the counter melody and this was the Song of the Pearl That Might Be” “The music of the pearl had merged with the music of the family so that one beautified the other” “The music of evil of the enemy sounded but it was faint and weak” “The music of the pearl was triumphant and the uiet melody of the family underlay it” “The music of the pearl had become sinister and it was interwoven with the music of evil” “The Song of the Family had become as fierce and sharp and feline as the snarl of a female puma“ “The Song of the Family was as fierce as a cry a battle cry” “The music of the pearl distorted and insane” “The music of the pearl drifted to a whisper and disappeared”Faith in WhatKino and Juana blend belief systems ancient magic invocations Hail Marys and prayers and a resentful faith in the knowledge and conseuent power of white settlers A traditional remedy might be as effective as one from the doctor but “lacked his authority because it was simple and didn't cost anything”For those raised on Bible stories it’s impossible to read this without thinking of the pearl of great price the desire for which Jesus likened to the Kingdom of Heaven“ Again the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value he went and sold all that he had and bought it” Matthew 1345 46 KJVBut it’s an oft misuoted proverb that comes sadly and strongly to mind“ For the love of money is the root of all evil which while some coveted after they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” 1 Timothy 610 KJVFor the mere prospect of great wealth changes priorities changes people for ever Transfiguration is not always for the better And the Moral IsUnlike 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 “Oyster Pearl” Hawaii by Anna Licensed under CC By 20Steinbeck’s PhilosophySteinbeck distanced himself from Christianity over the years and atheists sometimes claim him as their own The Bible was certainly part of his heritage but broader non sectarian social justice permeates his works Of particular relevance to this novella Steinbeck grew up in California and was always interested in Mexican culture around him His concern for the poor and marginalised is reflected in his writings He was shocked by race riots in his easygoing state and wrote this two years later He was also reeling from the success and infamy of Grapes of Wrath This was written with the intention of its being filmed for and by Mexicans And it was Steinbeck studied marine biology at university but didn’t complete the courseuotes “The uncertain air that magnified some things and blotted out others so that all sights were unreal and vision could not be trusted” “There is no almsgiver in the world like a poor man who is suddenly lucky” “So lovely it was so soft and its own music came from it its music of promise and delight its guarantee of the future of comfort of security Its warm lucence promised a poultice against illness and a wall against insult It closed a door on hunger” “The sky was brushed clean by the wind and the stars were cold in a black sky” “The land was waterless furred by the cacti” In the desert “pools were places of life because of the water and places of killing because of the water too” “He had lost one world and had not gained another”Neil Gaiman's take on PearlsIn American Gods Gaiman says we insulate ourselves from the tragedies of others “we build a shell around it like an oyster dealing with a painful particle of grit This is how we walk and talk and function immune to others' pain and loss” See my review HERE