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Publisher's Summary

A classic novella about the fallacy of the American dream, THE PEARL is Steinbeck's flawless parable about wealth and the evil it can bring. When Kino, a poor Mexican pearl-diver, finds a magnificent pearl - 'the Pearl of the World' - he believes that all his dreams can come true. He will marry his wife in the church wearing fine new clothes, their infant son will never want for anything - least of all the medicine so recently denied to him - and the boy might one day go to school, learn to read and write. But Kino's vision of a bright future blinds him to the greed and fear the pearl arouses in his neighbours and in himself, and his shining dream begins to blacken and twist...
©1945 John Steinbeck (P)2011 Hachette Digital
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4 out of 5 stars
By Gilmara Lima Mendes on 01-25-14

Lots of lessons to learn from this one.

This book was inspired in a Mexican parable, which means that it brings lots of teachings about moral values, and especially, about what wealth can do to us all.
I read this book for a lit class. It is not a happy book, so if this is what you are looking for, turn around and find a happier book. However, if you want to teach someone about money, ethics and moral values, this might be a good place to start.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-18-18

Disappointing

Not a great listen, disappointing in use of language...reader kept saying ‘a little’ in a lot of his descriptions which I found distracting. Nicely described the family in the opening scene though.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Del on 08-13-16

An all time classic and steinbeck is a legend

yet another Truely brilliant book by a Truely brilliant author. I say READ it and or listen to a well spoken emotive audio listen

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