September 25, 2014

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Hello everyone!
It's Aliah with another book review. :) Today I will be reviewing The Pearl by John Steinbeck.
I originally had to read this book for school, but it turned to be quite a pleasant read.  

Summary: Kino lives in an old brush house in an old village with his wife and son. His small family lead a peaceful life until one day, Coyotito falls ill and Kino must search for a way to cure him. He then finds a pearl; a pearl so big and valuable it is called "the pearl of the world."   Now rich and
admired by all around him, Kino believes the pearl will bring good luck to him and his family. But, unexpectedly, the pearl brings something much, much worse. Or is it truly the pearl that changes things?

This book was very deep, and I felt like you truly got to know Kino and his family and what they thought about the pearl. It explores the greed and hatred of men, and how some are easily affected by riches and money and how some are not and just want to live a peaceful life.

The Pearl takes place in La Paz, Mexico in the 1930's. Many people are extremely poor and looked down upon. Others are rich and try to steal the little that others below them have. Most people believe this is wrong, and try to defend themselves, only to wind up in bigger trouble than they were in before. This is the life that Kino leads; sometimes happy and sometimes upset that he cannot give more to his family. Until he finds the pearl. 

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