The Pearl (Classics on Cassette Series)

The Pearl (Classics on Cassette Series)

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The Pearl (Classics on Cassette Series) by John Steinbeck, Hector Elizondo


First published in 1947, John Steinbeck's parable is a literary jewel.

Kino is a Mexican pearl-fisher in the Gulf of California. When he and his wife, Juana, have a baby, their joy is complete . . . until the infant is bitten by a scorpion. Kino finds a great pearl worth a fortune, far more than enough to pay the doctor needed to save the baby's life, but it brings only tragedy and evil to his family. A masterpiece of American literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780453008754
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 04/28/1994
Series: Classics on Cassette Series
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 4.34(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author


JOHN STEINBECK (1902-1968) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. Born in California, he worked at a series of odd jobs and attended Stanford University before beginning his writing career. Among his classic works are Of Mice and Men, The Red Pony, The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, and Cannery Row.

Date of Birth:

February 27, 1902

Date of Death:

December 20, 1968

Place of Birth:

Salinas, California

Place of Death:

New York, New York

Education:

Attended Stanford University intermittently between 1919 and 1925

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The Pearl 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 447 reviews.
Jay_Battle More than 1 year ago
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.
VanillaBean More than 1 year ago
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.
WTVCrimeDawg More than 1 year ago
The Pearl is an excellent tale--one of my favorites. It's a simple classic that explores the depths of man's darkest nature. The protagonist, Kino, is a young, poor pearler in tune with family and nature, but a tragic event exemplifies his discontent with life's meager offering for his oppressed little village. Kino's luck dramatically improves when he finds the Pearl of the World. Yet the Pearl summons the evil spirit of mankind, instead of bringing the fortune Kino desires. Kino subsequently becomes suspicious of almost everyone, including his loving wife, for those who covet the Pearl will do anything to steal it. Will Kino successfully protect his family and sell the Pearl before those who covet it catch him? Is he willing to risk everything to improve his stake in life?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Upon being required to read this book for a school assignment, i was not looking forward to studying this story. After completing this book, I must say it was better than I thought it would be. This is a book you could put on your summer reading list for new things to try. I gave this book a three because it was extremely short and not quite my style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good buy it. There is a hidden message though so keep a look out
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When you read The Pearl, don't read it at face value or you'll be disappointed that it's a frustrating story with a sad ending. I found it to be loosely based on the parable in the bible "The Pearl of Great Price". The Pearl, by Steinbeck is an allegory depicting the many facets of the human condition and the mistaken belief that financial gain is the ultimate road to happiness, comfort and fulfillment in this life. But I found the under-lining story line to be a reminder that when we throw "our nets" out into the world in search of treasure, remember to sift through it and consider where it may take you.
Sanders More than 1 year ago
The Pearl is the first John Steinbeck novel I have read, and Pearl has given me good first impressions on Steinbeck's writing. The Pearl is a a very simple yet amazing book. There are many biblical parallels. Steinbeck does a fantastic job revealing human nature through Kino by his desire for wealth, and the expectations of happiness.
Bookworm1951 6 months ago
Brilliantly written by one of the great literary masters of the 20th century. Steinbeck's books go much deeper than what appears on the surface. Most adults have read The Pearl during their middle or high school years. It's certainly worth a re-read. Be sure to read the intro that is provided in this volume. It provides great insight into the true meaning of the book. This novella is only about 60 pages but it is filled with emotion and life lessons learned.
davidc0469 More than 1 year ago
I have to say that the more I read Steinbeck, the more this man is quickly becoming one of if not my favorite author. The story is the definition of greed and the evils that come with it. Kino is a poor diver that finds the fortune of a lifetime in a giant sized pearl while diving during his every day job. Kino at this point thinks he will be rich and all his problems solved. However the pearl brings noting but problems, pain,death and the loss of family itself. It is a short basic stpory some 90+ pages but the story basic and the characters perfect for this setting. Again, another Steinbeck novel I would strongly urge readers(especially Steinbeck fans) to read. I finished it in less than a day. DNC.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I disliked this book greatly. I had to read this book for school and found it highly unreal and boring. The main character isn't very smart and the ending is very saddening. Avoid this book if possible.
socratez1969 5 months ago
my favorite steinbeck. memorable characters. haunting end. i love this compact edition with its lovely cover
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Readers will enjoy The Pearl, a simple classic written by John Steinbeck, while discovering and better understanding themes of man’s greed and dark human nature. Kino, a pearl diver, lives plainly in his poor village when tragedy strikes his once tranquil life. The “Pearl of the World,” found and meant to pay for medicine, tests Kino’s character and his desires for a richer life, but ultimately leads to a worse tragedy. Though an interesting story, the underlying themes are really what is special about this book. Steinbeck does a fantastic job using the five elements of plot to illustrate how Kino’s greed affected his family. Imagery is used to show Kino’s connection with nature decline throughout the book. Steinbeck also uses Kino’s perception of the Pearl as symbolism as to what direction Kino sees his life taking. This short novel is highly recommended for high school students who are being taught to find and understand the concealed themes that lie beneath a book’s surface.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Steinbeck...read Winter of our Discontent another fabulous read!!!
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This book has many great lessons to it! Go ahead and read it, i can almost assure you that you will wallk away from this book satisfied with at least one lesson...if not more! This book presents the concept of the good and evil eye, greed, luck, and being content with whatever G-d put into your bread basket.. i also enjoyed this book mainly because it ended sadly. I dislike those books that end happily ever after because in reality, life isn't always sweet like a bar of milk chocolate. It can be semi sweet and at other times like dark chocolate - gloomy and bitter. Happy reading!
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the pearl takes place Mexico where a man finds a pearl and goes through more suffering than without I really liked the book. when I first picked it up I couldn't put it down and was tuned in all the wayWhen Coyotito, a very young child, is stung by a scorpion, Kino, his father, must find a way to pay the town doctor to treat him. The doctor denies Kino for having no money and it makes him enraged. 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, "again I loved this book I highly recommend that you read if you are looking for slightly drama and little adventure. The man's shot has killed Coyotito, No longer wanting the pearl; Kino throws it back into the ocean. To find out more you will have to pick up the book tune in and read. dallas b.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kino a poor Indian/Mexican lives with his wife Juana and their baby Coyotito. Kino is a pearl diver, and lives a simple life.  One day, Coyotito gets bitten by a scorpion, and the doctor won't treat him because he knows Kino won't be able to pay the bill.  Kino goes pearl diving to try to find a pearl so he can pay the doctor. Kino and Juana find a huge pearl and the entire town watches as Kino tries to sell it.  The pearl causes danger to Kino and his family. The people were jealous of his good fortune.  When the news about the pearl spread, the doctor came right over to check on Coyotito.  He just wanted to make some money for himself.  Kino became very protective over the pearl because no one would give him the amount of money that he thought was a fair trade. One day Kino hears a noise in their house and he throws a knife in the dark and hits a robber trying to steal the pearl.  Kino and his wife set out for the capital hoping to get more money for the pearl. When they are along the way they find out that sheep trackers are following them. Kino sends Juana and Coyotito to a cave to hide, and told Juana to keep the baby quiet. When it got dark, Kino stripped naked so he could not be seen in his white cloths, and climbed down the rocks to see who was following him. When he made it to the bottom, Coyotito began to cry. The sheep trackers thought it was a coyote pup and they said this will make it shut up, so they shot at the spot where Coyotito was.  Kino killed the three men and climbed back up to too see if his family was safe.  He soon realized that the only cry he could hear was Juana's death cry, because Coyotito was dead! Kino and Juana carry Coyotito's lifeless body and throw the pearl back into the ocean, hoping to end this bad fortune. I would recommend this book because there is a good lesson to be content with your life because it can change quickly. Kino and Juana learned that their greed cost them their child's life.
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John Steinbeck’s famous novel,The Pearl, is without a doubt, one of the most boring books I’ve ever read. I read the book in 6th grade, loathed it, gave it another chance this year in 9th, and my opinion of the book remains the same. The theme of the story expresses how greed can destroy and change someone as well as their life. I will admit that Steinbeck made a fascinating plot told from a third-person point of view: a poor couple with a sick infant stumble upon a fortune(the pearl), become treated differently by their town where others manipulate, use, cheat, and harm the family, the family goes on a journey to sell the pearl for what it’s really worth, and with all of the chaos surrounding them, people get hurt, the infant dies, and the parents throw this “evil” pearl back into the water it came from. It sounds like a fascinating story, doesn’t it? With the plot, it had the potential to be a marvelous tale, however it was Steinbeck’s writing style and characters that did not convince me to see it as anything other than another boring 90 pages. It felt as though everything was dragged out through too much detail and dramatization; as if paragraphs could just go on and on about canoes, the water, and irrelevant characters in the story. The main characters of the story were just not interesting. There was nothing special or intriguing about them. Kino was just a poor man who wanted the best for his family; sweet, but uninteresting. Juana usually just did whatever Kino told her to. The baby was probably the most interesting character just because it created the conflict! All in all, I would rate the book 2 stars.