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The Pearl

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

A Classic

The Pearl is a classic by the excellent writer, John Steinbeck. A simple story, yet filled with dramatic characters and events that kept me flipping the pages. One of the best aspects of The Pearl is the writing. John Steinbeck's writing is untouchable and classic. ...
The Pearl is a classic by the excellent writer, John Steinbeck. A simple story, yet filled with dramatic characters and events that kept me flipping the pages. One of the best aspects of The Pearl is the writing. John Steinbeck's writing is untouchable and classic. I loved the Pearl and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a classic book that shows culture and the value of materials and wealth over love.

posted by VanillaBean on November 27, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

I enjoyed it for the most part

In the book The Pearl by John Steinbeck, the main character Kino faces a dilemma after finding a pearl in the ocean. Kino and his wife live in a little village and, one day while diving, Kino spots something shiny stuck on a rock. Kino realizes it is a pearl and he chip...
In the book The Pearl by John Steinbeck, the main character Kino faces a dilemma after finding a pearl in the ocean. Kino and his wife live in a little village and, one day while diving, Kino spots something shiny stuck on a rock. Kino realizes it is a pearl and he chips it off of the rock. At first Kino didnt believe that there would really be a pearl in such a shell, but sure enough he opens it up and sees the pearl inside. The news spreads around the village and every one wants to see it. Village members, including friends of the family, are willing to do anything to get their hands on this pearl because of the wealth and power it would potentially bring them. Soon after the discovery Kino's son, Coyotito, is stung by a scorpion and soon becomes ill and Kino and his wife take him to the doctor in the city. When the guard at the gate sees the family approaching, he tells them the doctor is not there. The guard says this beacuse he sees that Kino will have no way of paying the doctor, until Kino tells him about the pearl. The doctor goes to Kino's house and "cures" Coyotito. After everyone has heard about the pearl Kino begins hearing things stirring in the night next to his hut and goes out to see what is causing the noise. This occurs twice in the story, and both times, Kino comes back covered in blood. Juanita, Kino's wife, knows that the pearl is no good and may even be evil. One night Juanita becomes so fed up with the pearl that she takes it and tries to throw it back into the ocean but Kino was driven by anger and beats her when he sees this happeneing. Overall, there are lots of tragic incidents in this story and the pearl brings nothing but problems, pain, death and the loss of family itself. The theme I see fit for this story is that basically, money and power can drive you to go to impossible measures, and that in the end, it isnt worth all of the strain it causes a person.

posted by Jay_Battle on January 26, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    The Pearl

    This book was sooooo sad...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Ok

    Were reading it in school

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    Not quite as entertaining as some of his other work, but it's a

    Not quite as entertaining as some of his other work, but it's a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    All glitters are not gold

    This book actually teaches a good lesson about that we see is not what is appears to be. This book has a sad ending when poor coyotito has to pay for his life because of the decision of his parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    NNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Absolutely worst ending ever i woud give it five stars if it was not for that ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Dont listen to the bad comments!

    I had to read this book for a project and i loved it! Tho the ending might not be the best, the book is still as good as Old Man and the Sea, or Whale Rider, or any other ocean classic.
    P.S.
    Read the other books too!
    :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    I HATE THE ENDING DONT READ

    NEVER READ THIS!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    Sample stinks!

    There is nothing in the sample it only goes to the contents!?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    It was ok

    It was ok I guess I had to read it for a school assighnment but if your not forced to read I would not have read it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Summer book

    Any on now how ro geet it free if you do please tell m thanks

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    HM??

    I have to read this for school, cant get past the first page. YAY.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Summer Reading book

    Well i hope this book is going to be good........we will see

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Hhgg

    I don't know if this is good but my dad suggested it so it must be. He is an ap

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    The Pearl is a short, but very dramatic story written by John St

    The Pearl is a short, but very dramatic story written by John Steinbeck. The book is a classic and is also very entertaining. The short length is perfect for the intensity of the novella. Steinbeck is very descriptive helping one get clear pictures of what is going on in the story. I recommend this novella to any one that wants a short, but very entertaining read.

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    The Story dragged on, but the writer described situations very w

    The Story dragged on, but the writer described situations very well. I could see the image in my mind when John described things. The book is good to pass the time and is a good story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    The pearl was a pretty good book if you like violence and some m

    The pearl was a pretty good book if you like violence and some mystery. Its filled with many dramatic characters. The Pearl is very detailed so if you like a lot of detail you will love this book. Steinback is a very good writer and because of the Pearl i think i will read another one Steinbacks books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    i read this book to my 1st graders and they said it was the grea

    i read this book to my 1st graders and they said it was the greatest book they had ever heard.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    I that the book has a good beginning, but it seemed to drag on a

    I that the book has a good beginning, but it seemed to drag on and on. The end was terrible for me. Not a huge finish or a happy ending. The baby dies. That made me personally dislike the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    Oldie but a goodie!

    I am having a great time going back and enjoying some of the classics and this is certainly one of them. Definitely a short but thought provoking read.

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