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The Pearl: (centennial Edition)

by John Steinbeck

Penguin Books | January 17, 2002 | Trade Paperback

3.4375 out of 5 rating. 16 Reviews
One 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 beds 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 events 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.

The Great Books Foundation Discussion Guide for The Pearl is available at www.greatbooks.org.

 

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: January 17, 2002

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142000698

ISBN - 13: 9780142000694

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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The Pearl: (centennial Edition)

The Pearl: (centennial Edition)

by John Steinbeck

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: January 17, 2002

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142000698

ISBN - 13: 9780142000694

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One 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 beds 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 events 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.

The Great Books Foundation Discussion Guide for The Pearl is available at www.greatbooks.org.

 

About the Author

No writer is more quintessentially American than John Steinbeck. Born in 1902 in Salinas, California, Steinbeck attended Stanford University before working at a series of mostly blue-collar jobs and embarking on his literary career. Profoundly committed to social progress, he used his writing to raise issues of labor exploitation and the plight of the common man, penning some of the greatest American novels of the twentieth century and winning such prestigious awards as the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He received the Nobel Prize in 1962, "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." Today, more than thirty years after his death, he remains one of America''s greatest writers and cultural figures.

Editorial Reviews

"[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
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