The Pearl Review
“Now Kino reached into a secret place somewhere under his blanket. He brought out a paper folded many times. Crease by crease he unfolded it, until at last there came to view eight small misshapen seed pearls, as ugly and gray as little ulcers, flattened and almost valueless. The servant took the paper and closed the gate again, but this time he was not gone long. He opened the gate just wide enough to pass the paper back.”
I recently finished reading the family-oriented novel of The Pearl by John Steinbeck. The Pearl is about a close family whom depend on each other. You get to see how they would do anything for each other. It almost makes you jealous of their family because you might want a family as close as theirs. After reading this book you can see how important family is to Kino, Coyotito, and Juana.
The Pearl is written in very simple vocabulary and description and I think it compliments the book as it has a very simple plot. John Steinbeck tells the book through a narrator in third person so you can see what each character is thinking at any individual time. When Coyotito, the son of Juana and Kino, gets bitten by a scorpion and falls ill, the family is torn. Kino and Juana then set-out to find pearls to pay the doctor in order to save Coyotito. In doing so, you can see how important family is to them.
Family has always been a core value of mine but I got to see that in a new light after reading this book. The message is very clear that one must do whatever they can to keep their family together and happy. I highly recommend this book to who ever appreciates family values and simple read- ing.
For someone who likes easy to read, heartwarming books, this is the one for you. I now see how this is considered one of the classics of its time.
~Rating: **** 4/5