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  • 121 pages
  • The Pearl
  • John Steinbeck
  • French
  • 16 January 2015
  • 9782070364282

10 thoughts on “The Pearl

  1. Matthew Matthew says:

    Steinbeck does it again All my experiences with his writings have been fantastic Every word every description every plot point every twist perfectThe Pearl is very short but very amazing It is a tale of greed and how people around wealth or who come upon sudden wealth are affected Many of us think our life would be perfect if we won the lottery but I think all of us could benefit from the lessons in this storyI picked this book now because I am on vacation in Hatteras NC and the locations along the sea seemed like they would blend well with my surroundings I was correct Many key scenes occur at or in the ocean and reading this while my toes were in the surf added so much to the atmosphereDo yourself a favor and take a uiet afternoon get away to somewhere a beach if possible and read The Pearl Your literary senses will thank you

  2. Brina Brina says:

    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

  3. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    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

  4. Swaroop Kanti Swaroop Kanti says:

    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

  5. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    ‭The pearl John Ernst SteinbeckThe Pearl is a novella by American author John Steinbeck first published in 1947 It is the story of a pearl diver Kino and explores man's nature as well as greed defiance of societal norms and evil Steinbeck's inspiration was a Mexican folk tale from La Paz Baja California Sur Mexico which he had heard in a visit to the formerly pearl rich region in 1940 In 1947 it was adapted into a Mexican film named La perla and in 1987 into a cult Kannada movie Ondu Muttina Kathe The story is one of Steinbeck's most popular books and has been widely used in high school classes The Pearl is sometimes considered a parable When Coyotito an infant is stung by a scorpion Kino his father must find a way to pay the town doctor to treat him The doctor denies Kino an indigenous fisherman out of racism which enrages him Shortly thereafter Kino discovers an enormous lucid pearl which he is ready to sell to pay the doctor Everyone calls it the Pearl of the World and many people begin to covet it That very night Kino is attacked in his own home Determined to get rid of the pearl the following morning he takes it to the pearl auction in town; however the auction is actually a corrupt sham and always has been The buyers normally fake auction each pearl and pretend bid against each other but in reality they are all paid a salary by a single man they all turn the pearls over to him and he resells them outside the village thus cheating the locals The corrupt pearl buyers try to convince Kino that the pearl is the euivalent of fool's gold and they refuse to pay any than incredibly low amounts of money Kino decides to go over the mountains to the capital to find a better price Juana Kino's wife sees that the pearl brings darkness and greed and sneaks out of the house late at night to throw it back into the ocean When Kino catches her he furiously attacks her and leaves her on the beach Characters Kino Juana Coyotito Juan Tomas Apoloniaتاریخ نخستین خوانش روز دوم ماه اکتبر سال 1974 میلادیعنوان مروارید؛ اثر جان اشتاین بک؛ مترجم محمدجعفر محجوب؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، نشر آرمان، چاپ چهارم 1349، در 203 ص، چاپ پنجم 1353؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی سده 20 مداستان یک مکزیکی فقیر است، که بزرگ‌ترین مروارید دنیا را می‌یابد، و در دل، آرزوی خوشبختی خانواده‌ خویش را دارد اما گنج، ارمغانی جز نابودی آنها ندارد شخصیت‌ها «کینو، شخصیتی مغرور و غواصی فقیر»، «جوآنا همسر کینو شخصیتی اندیشمند که نشانه‌ های هشدار را که کینو از پذیرفتن آنها خودداری می‌کند، می‌بیند و به خاطر وفاداری، و فرمانبرداری دیرینه از همسر، یارای دیگر کردن آنها را ندارد»؛ «کویوتیتو، پسربچه کینو و جوآنا، که در آغاز داستان، عقربی او را نیش می‌زند»؛ «جوآن توماس، برادر کینو»؛ «دکتر، شخصیتی که فاقد ارزش‌های اخلاقی ست؛ او از درمان کویوتیتو، تنها برای اینکه آنها پولی ندارند، سر باز می‌زند؛ اما پس از شنیدن خبر یافتن گنجی گرانبها، توسط کینو، خود جهت درمان بچه، به خانه ی آنها می‌رود»؛ ا شربیانی

  6. Cecily Cecily says:

    “ 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 What?Kino 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

  7. Mario Mario says:

    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 okThe 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 circumstancesAnd 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 If his moral were something like money doesn't bring happiness it would be fine but this is insidious because he never even gives his characters the option of being poor and happy His choice is a stark poor and miserable or poorer and miserable I can just see Steinbeck rewriting the Horatio Alger stories a sad poor boy tries to pull himself up by his bootstraps but the bootstraps snap and he falls off a cliff breaks his neck at the bottom and his corpse is eaten by syphilitic bearsIf you like heavy handed stories with a poor moral sense and bad writing you can still do better than The Pearl

  8. Julie Julie says:

    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?

  9. Cindy Newton Cindy Newton says:

    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? SPOILERS AHEAD Kino is happy despite his poverty and his low position on the social scale 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 beginOkay 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 critiue 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 acuiring 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 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 doableSteinbeck 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

  10. brian brian says:

    goodreads david writes this I'm convinced that the general besmirchers of Steinbeck are fucktards asswads and vibrating pustulesit's nice as a reader bad i guess as a reviewer when a writer achieves can do no wrong status reading steinbeck i feel less distance between the writer his words myself than with nearly any other writer his prose stylings can't touch his contemporaries his structure and pacing can be sloppy he's sentimental preachy overly didactic and his themes arrive with the subtlety of a sledgehammer to the kneecaps but who gives a shit? i'm not grading a paper he gets an A and a gold star at the top of his paper for cannery row possibly the most complete and interesting fictional world i've encountered; travels with charley my all time favorite travelogue; and grapes of wrath a flawed but incredibly moving masterpiece and the pearl a clumsy and sweet fable overwrought and obvious definitely a lesser work but it's steinbeck writing and he's filled with such love for mankind wonder at nature and joy at the strange eccentric and eclectic that even if upon reading the remainder of his writings i find the literary euivalent of sex with goodreads david steinbeck remains untouchable

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The Pearl➤ [Epub] ➞ The Pearl By John Steinbeck ➮ – Jouant de sa lame comme d'un levier il le fit céder et le couillage s'ouvrit Les lèvres de chair se crispèrent puis se détendirent Kino souleva le repli et la perle était là la grosse perle parf Jouant de sa lame comme d'un levier il le fit céder et le couillage s'ouvrit Les lèvres de chair se crispèrent puis se détendirent Kino souleva le repli et la perle était là la grosse perle parfaite comme une lune Elle accrochait la lumière la purifiait et la renvoyait dans une incandescence argentée Elle était aussi grosse u'un œuf de mouette C'était plus la grosse perle du monde.

About the Author: John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck III was an American writer He wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Grapes of Wrath published in and the novella Of Mice and Men published in In all he wrote twenty five books including sixteen novels six non fiction books and several collections of short stories In Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for LiteratureSteinbeck grew up in the Salinas Valley.