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The Pearl
The Pearl | John Steinbeck
?There it lay, the great pearl, perfect as the moon.” One of Steinbeck's most taught works, The Pearl is the story of the Mexican diver Kino, whose discovery of a magnificent pearl from the Gulf beds means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife Juana cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to tragedy. This classic novella from Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck examines the fallacy of the American dream, and illustrates the fall from innocence experienced by people who believe that wealth erases all problems. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by Linda Wagner-Martin and original illustrations by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco.
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Impoverished pearl diver Kino finds “The Pearl of the World” and becomes cursed with horrid luck. It‘s a cautionary tale of greed and materialism; a story human nature and familial love. I was underwhelmed initially, but with a little research, I learned that this was based on Mexican folklore which helped my mindset. I didn‘t love it, but I appreciate Steinbeck‘s achievement. Still a “pick.”

QuintusMarcus I was thinking of reading some Steinbeck this summer. Might skip this one, though. I‘ve never read Grapes of Wrath, and think I really should. 2w
britt_brooke @QuintusMarcus The only other one I‘ve read is Of Mice and Men which I loved. I keep meaning to read his longer novels. 2w
Reviewsbylola I‘m finishing up my second reading of EoE right now but haven‘t read this one yet. 2w
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erzascarletbookgasm
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This book was a required reading in school and honestly I don‘t remember much now (so long ago!) except it involves a diver and a pearl!
It takes place in La Paz, Mexico, about the life of a poor diver. Reading East of Eden now makes me want to reread this book.
#WanderingJune #downinmexico

BarbaraBB I read this one too long ago and don‘t remember a thing about it! 4w
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! I think I read this in junior HS!! I totally forgot about it. 4w
KellyHunsakerReads It is totally worth a reread. 4w
Tamra It is one of my top 10 reads! It was a transformative read as an early teen and I‘ve reread it several times since. It‘s wonderful! 4w
IndoorDame I read that in middle school too. I was too young to appreciate it then, but I'd be interested to read it now. (edited) 4w
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JamieLou
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Y‘all. I just about threw this book. I have major anger at it. WHAT KIND OF ENDING IS THAT?!?!? I yelled at my co-teacher for having kids read it (like jokingly). But also I kind of delight in the idea of seeing their faces when they realize what happened. So I guess this book is both a pick and a pan and a bail. It‘s complicated.

quietjenn I remember pretty much nothing about this book, but you're certainly making me want to revisit! 5mo
JamieLou @quietjenn it‘s only 121 pages 😉 5mo
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JamieLou
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We have been reading this in my co-taught ELA class, but I missed the first few days. I just found a bunch of copies the teacher who used to have my room left, so I‘m going to spend my Prep reading. My brain to too tired for much else. 🤤 #teachersoflitsy

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ju.ca.no
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September Stats! I‘ve read 13 books in total, two for/at work, four little black classics, and 5 MTBR! This means I‘ve reached Top of Mount Ararat for the goodreads #MountTBR challenge🎉 I‘ve even surpassed it by 3 books @DivaDiane #MountTBRChallenge and finished my goodreads challenge of 100books. Need to set a new goal again🤩

What a successfull reading month! Also what a successfull reading year!😍🤩😎💪🏼🎉

Ms_T 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
Kalalalatja Way to go! 10mo
DivaDiane Amazing well done!!! 10mo
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ju.ca.no
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This is the third time I‘ve reached my Goodreads Goal... maybe this time I should set it much higher😂 the little black classics are very quick reads, hence the high number.
Even though I know the pagecount is not that high due to the many short books I‘m still happy- this is the highest I‘ve ever had😊

Suzze Nice work. Congrats! 10mo
JoScho 🎉💖🎉💖🎉 10mo
Trashcanman Woot Woot! 10mo
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tina_b.ooks Congratulations! 🎈🌻 10mo
SilversReviews Congrats!! 10mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 10mo
Kalalalatja 👏👏👏 10mo
hes7 Yay! 🎉 10mo
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ju.ca.no
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This was my first time reading the Pearl. Left the book my dad read in school, right the one my Mom read in school :)
A story about greed and envy caused by the finding of a big Pearl. Steinbeck‘s clear writing makes the story a very enjoyable read!
4/5 ⭐️

Tamra This was my gateway to adult literature, so it is special for me. 💜 10mo
ju.ca.no @Tamra I wish we would‘ve read it in school as well, I would‘ve loved it as well when I was younger! 10mo
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Thebookhooligan
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4th of July was so relaxing! I spent the day at a friends house and took advantage of the fire pit even though it was like 90 degrees. Still relaxing! Cooked some burgers and hotdogs and started The Pearl by John Steinbeck 👏🏼 so far so good! (Thebookhooligan on instagram)

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erista
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I really liked this story and admire Steinbeck's writing style and ability to draw the reader in. I'm glad I read this as an adult. I doubt I would've liked it as much if I'd read it as a younger person.

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Clevercactus
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Keeping the Books into movies streak alive. Next up, “The Pearl” by Steinbeck. The book was made into a film starring Pedro Armendariz in 1947.

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LittleWonder
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I was into Steinbeck last Spring and this Spring is no different. Throughly enjoyed this story - and his writing is just so damn good.

CoffeeNBooks John Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors! 1y
LittleWonder @CoffeeNBooks 🤗 (edited) 1y
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fablednarratives
The Pearl | John Steinbeck
Mehso-so

okay for a school read

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JessNevertheless
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This John Steinbeck novella explores the consequences of #greed and the nature of man. I read this book while on a Steinbeck kick a few years back which I might have to revive again in 2018. #readingresolutions

merelybookish My teacher read this to the class when I was in 6th grade. It made an impression! 2y
MyNightstandRunnethOver @merelybookish thank you for sharing that. I needed a childhood classic I haven't read before for Popsugar challenge and now I have one. 2y
Tamra 💜 This is one of few books I‘ve read a few times. It is raw, gripping, & moving. Unsentimental. I love novellas! 2y
Blueberry I had a teacher (little old lady with white hair) who read us The Outsiders on 7th grade. She beeped out the swear words. Only thing I remember from junior high school. I remember it very fondly. 2y
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diazepamie
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Thrill and classic. Read this for my Year 10 literature term paper and fundamentally opened my eyes to classics 💣

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BestDogDad
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I have reached the end of my Steinback short novel marathon. The Pearl is a book I won't soon forget. I fancy melancholy tales, and this one captivated me, but it was downright depressing.

As in a number of Steinbeck's other books, the tale of pearl diver Kino is told simply and beautifully, with the the darkness of human nature always lurking in the background.

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jvinas2
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This fictional but TL was based on a Mexican folk tale, and has a strong underlying moral that plays on American culture and values, making it a great short book for LC, IR and AS. Written by John Steinbeck (recipient of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature and a United States Medal of Freedom in 1964) and originally published in 1947, this novella focuses on how the lives of a poor man (Kino) and his family (wife and son) changed after

jvinas2 finding a "priceless" pearl. Throughout the story, the struggle endured when dealing with the evil of greed is very apparent. Steinbeck seems to illustrate the lesson that greed will ultimately lead to corruption and destruction of our lives. "For it is said that humans are never satisfied, that you give them one thing and they want something more." ESOL strategies 5, 6, & 29 and UDL guidelines 2.2, 3.1 & 3.3 would be very beneficial 2y
jvinas2 to implement while students read this book, as some of the text would be harder for some ELs to comprehend without having a guide to important information and syntax within the story. This link has great discussion questions to ask throughout the reading, as well as useful teaching ideas and activities: http://www.brighthubeducation.com/middle-school-english-lessons/103378-the-pearl... #UCFLAE3414F17 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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ju.ca.no
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@julesG @ephemeralwaltz @Simona those are my only unread books that are short& in english. Would you be okay with one of them? The books are both pretty old, I think my parents read them in school🙈 if not, I will buy one on monday 😉#LMPBC #GroupU @suvata

ju.ca.no the second one 2y
julesG @ju.ca.no Pony Patrol sound funny. I'll check the blurb. 2y
julesG Oh. There is no blurb. 2y
Simona I‘m okay with both of them 😁 2y
ephemeralwaltz I'm fine with both also!😍 2y
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RestlessFickleBookHoarder
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#steinbeckshortsreadalong @suvata
#tbrbingo #litsypartyofone

One more marked off in the bingo board and the end of the road for the Steinbeck read-along.

I think The Pearl may have been my least favorite of these shorts, but it's still a pick.

EchoLogical Also on my bingo card! 2y
WhatDeeReads I read it many years ago, but I remember loving The Pearl. I haven't read the other stories. 2y
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suvata
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⁉️ Do you think The Pearl is a commentary on "the American dream"? How so?

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UwannaPublishme Yes! The American Dream is defined as: If you work hard, you can have a better life, whatever that means for you--wealth, success, status, loving relations, following your passion. I think Steinbeck is telling us there's no quick, easy way to get there without consequences and hard work. 2y
suvata @UwannaPublishme Absolutely. The American dream doesn't just happen. You have to work for it. But, everyone has a shot at it. 2y
UwannaPublishme 😊👍🏻 2y
RestlessFickleBookHoarder Hmmm. I got a completely different idea. The American Dream is only for a few and they control who can have it. Kino was honest and worked hard, but he wasn't part of the powered class. They pulled all the strings. They tried to rob him of the product of his work. And he ended up paying the price for their greed. 2y
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suvata
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⁉️ Do you think it was smart for Kino to throw the pearl back into the sea? Should he have looked for another option?

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UwannaPublishme The Pearl was such a harsh and painful reminder of all that he lost. Since it would continue to plague him, I think it was a smart move. 2y
suvata @UwannaPublishme Yeah, after Coyotito's death I think he just wanted to be done with that thing. I probably would have done the same thing. 2y
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suvata
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⁉️ To what extent is Kino responsible for his own demise? To what extent is fate responsible?

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UwannaPublishme I say Kino is mostly responsible. He fell under the spell of the pearl and its promise of ambition and wealth. Plus his pride made him announce it to practically the entire village. His wife Juana tried to explain that with great wealth comes consequences. He could have listened, but didn't. When she tried to throw the pearl back in the ocean, he beat her. Shame, shame Kino. 2y
Batakris What happened to Kino was inevitable. His status as an indigenous Indian in a colonized Mexico was against him. I love that Kino lived by the idea that when you say something will happen, you make it happen. It could have happened, but the community wouldn't allow it. We all should remember that it is important for all of us, but especially a man, ( in The Pearl most definitely) to know that words mean something. 2y
suvata @Batakris I do believe that, in a way, we all create our own reality. 2y
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suvata
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⁉️ When Kino is happy, he hears the Song of the Family. When he senses dishonesty, he hears the Song of Evil. The songs are part of Kino‘s cultural tradition. Can you find anything comparable in our society today?

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UwannaPublishme I think our music, movies, plays, books and media all reflect the times. It's how we express ourselves and inspire change. I'm thinking of the 60s and peace movement songs and anti war movies. Today, we have so many: the reemergence of 1984, Between The World and Me, Al Franken, Hillary and Obama books, movies by Michael Moore, Leonardo DiCaprio's new movie about global warming, the hip Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen....the list goes on and on. 2y
suvata I can be down and hear a song that is special to me and get instantly happy. I can't think of anything else but music that can do that to me. 2y
UwannaPublishme Yes, music can get through all of our layers and right into our hearts. 2y
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quirkyreader
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This one is for @suvata

suvata Oooo! I so love the old covers. 2y
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suvata
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⁉️ Kino and the other native families in the village have a unique relationship with nature. How do you think that relationship changed after discovering the pearl?

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UwannaPublishme I remember Kino spending his mornings appreciating nature's precious moments and being very observant of nature's gifts: the roosters crowing, the goat and the dog, the sound of waves, rays of sunshine,even the ants in the sand. But after he found the pearl, the beauty of nature disappeared and a darkness set in. 2y
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suvata
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⁉️ Finding the pearl ultimately causes radical changes in Kino. If you had newfound wealth, say winning the lottery, how do you think it would affect you?

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UwannaPublishme After hearing so many sad stories about lottery winners who lose it all or have problems with family and friends, I won't even play. But if I could win a book lottery, I'd share it with everyone here on Litsy, of course. 😁💰📚 2y
suvata @UwannaPublishme I don't play either but my husband does from time to time. If he should happen to win I would hope that we would spread it around different charities (after we paid all our bills that is). But, who knows, there is a greed factor that would probably set in. Right now, I'm glad I don't have to deal with those kind of issues. I'm comfortable just as I am now! (edited) 2y
UwannaPublishme I'm with you on that one. I'm very happy and content and wouldn't want to change that. 😊👍🏻 2y
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Caroline2
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Well this was a cheerful little read...😢 but fantastic writing and a story that will stay with me a long time! #steinbeckshortsrealong

suvata All of his stories are a bit gloomy but his writing is so excellent that it's hard not to enjoy them. 2y
SilversReviews I read this in high school and loved it. 2y
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suvata
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⁉️ One of the main themes is "greed". Discuss greed in relation to the doctor, the priest, the dealers, the trackers, and/or Kino himself.

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UwannaPublishme As Cyndi Lauper sings, "Money Changes Everything." Here, the pearl casts its spell and everyone is transformed. Everyone feels that the pearl can give them what they are missing from life and they'll do anything to get it: deceive ( doctor) con (trackers), cheat (dealers) or lie ( priest). Even Kino gets pulled in by becoming crazed and overambitious about his future. 2y
suvata Yep, I think you said at all. 2y
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suvata
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⁉️ What is the symbolism of the scorpion in chapter 1? What do you think it represents?

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UwannaPublishme The scorpion didn't just jump in the bedding and sting Coyotito. It took quite a while of hiding and moving around. In that respect, I felt like the scorpion symbolized circumstance, reality or even fate. It's always there, but you never know when it will strike. You never know what life will bring, but sometimes it can sting you. It was also a lesson for Coyotito. Sometimes reality bites! 😏 2y
suvata I think you're right that it represents fate. The pearl could represent fate too. The scorpion was an unlucky circumstance, whereas the pearl was a happy circumstance (at least initially). 2y
UwannaPublishme I wasn't quite sure what the pearl represented. At first I thought it was evil, but what you said about it representing fate makes more sense. 2y
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suvata
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Yeah, like a fish needs a bicycle. 😂😂😂

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Rachellynnwright Amen sister!! 2y
UwannaPublishme 😂👍🏻 2y
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suvata
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⁉️ The Pearl is set in a Mexican coastal village called La Paz during the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. What role do you think the setting has on the story?

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UwannaPublishme I did a little reading on La Paz and pearling was the major industry there back then, so it's a fitting setting for this novella. Of course, La Paz translates to "peace," which must ultimately play a prominent role in the theme of the story. Or is that too obvious to be true?! ? 2y
suvata Wow! I never thought about the meaning of La Paz. Peace may have played into the story but it was very subtle. Everyone was searching for peace of mind. Kino thought the pearl would give him peace of mind but, instead, it caused worry and discontent. I have to think on this some more. What a great post. Thanks. 2y
UwannaPublishme I' really enjoying your discussions too. ...And maybe the pearl, which disrupts the peace when removed from the ocean, restores it again when Kino throws it back. Lots to think about here. 2y
suvata @UwannaPublishme For sure, there's a lot to think about in all of the stories. That's why I've become such a huge fan of Steinbeck. 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I have to say, this story has been really good at dissecting human behavior, and parsing human motivation.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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So odd to think that what the oyster does naturally to protect itself, may lead to its eventual death...because another creature craves it's ulcer covering.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Bargaining for luck, such an odd thought, but something all people do.

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Humans are such funny creatures.

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suvata Yes, we are. 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Great drawings in my addition...

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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This one was a re-read for me, I originally read it somewhere in middle school. Revisiting it now, I can see why I might not have remembered it. Beautifully written, sad and poignant, with some moral lessons about family, safety, community, and money that I'm sure seemed obvious to my teen mind....definitely one that I can appreciate the writing much more as an adult.

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suvata I totally struggled with it in middle school. Now, I find it fascinating. Must be read with an adult perspective, I guess. 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Up next: The Pearl. This one will be a re-read for me, it was required reading somewhere back in Middle School I believe. I can't say I remember much, if anything of the story. Odd that Of Mice and Men which I read in the same time period I remember well, and this one not at all. Although I do remember this was the cover of the book we read way back then...memory is a funny thing.

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Leniverse That book made me ugly cry. It was probably not the best choice for 2am in a 24h readathon. 😂 I needed a real pick me up afterwards. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Leniverse I bet so! That's a tough time to read a tough story. 2y
suvata I have to say this book, more than all the others, made me cry! 😅 2y
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suvata
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Well, Steinbeck lovers, we are almost at the end of our #SteinbeckShortsReadAlong. But first, The Pearl.

RestlessFickleBookHoarder I've really enjoyed this read along n 2y
suvata I really liked hosting it. It was a lot of fun. 2y
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Clwojick
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A very short audiobook, but I definitely enjoyed it. Another favourite classic.

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Clwojick
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Last nights audiobook. Looking forward to finishing it today. 🌊

Soubhiville I loved this book! 2y
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cewilf
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On my crazy to-do list, the only two completed tasks are "Create a Novel Packet" for The Pearl and The Giver. I have quite a few more boxes to check in the next 28 days ??#backtoschool

skyeharmony You can do it! What levels of English do you teach? 2y
cewilf @skyeharmony 7th and 8th! I did most of the novels last year, but I'm trying to organize and fine-tune everything now 😅 2y
Jinjer What's a novel packet????? 2y
cewilf @Jinjer something I'm trying this year! Instead of making a bunch of worksheets over the course of a novel unit (that always disappear from binders of course), I'm putting everything together in a cohesive packet to pass out to students. I've seen similar things from other teachers so I'm attempting to make my own 😄 2y
Jinjer @cewilf sounds like a great idea! 2y
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jdtchicago
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A plan is a real thing, and things projected are experienced. A plan once made and visualized becomes reality along with other realities—never to be destroyed but easily to be attacked.

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jdtchicago
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Luck, you see, brings bitter friends.

Suet624 Hahaha. So true. 2y
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jdtchicago
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For it is said that humans are never satisfied, that you give them one thing and they want something more. And this is said in disparagement, whereas it is one of the greatest talents the species has and one that has made it superior to animals that are satisfied with what they have.

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LitHousewife
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I loved this book in high school. Having now finished it again 30ish years later, I'm glad to see what good taste teenage Jennifer had in books. 😂 While I remembered the basic story, this book had me on the edge of my seat. It was a powerful read for me.

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LitHousewife
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I've spent all morning cleaning the kitchen, the bathrooms, and the floors. I think I've earned some guilt free reading.

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LitHousewife
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Last weekend I went to Barnes & Noble. I had a gift card and a coupon. I was looking for something new. The table of Classics ended up catching my attention. I read and loved these books 25 (The Old Man and the Sea) and 30 (The Pearl) years ago and loved them. Why not read them again now? I couldn't come up with a good reason not to, so I bought them and brought them home with me. I'm going to start with The Pearl. It's been waiting longer.

BookishJess I just got The Old Man and the Sea a few weeks ago and haven't read it yet. Glad to hear you really liked it! 2y
LitHousewife @BookishJess My mom had scared me off for long time because she said it was boring. I loved the symbolism when I was in my early 20s. I wonder how I'll look at those symbols now? 2y
BookishJess I was always hesitant to pick up Hemingway for the same reason - everyone said his works were boring. Rereading is always an interesting experience though. I would think especially with so much time in between readings it would be interesting to see what you pick up on this time around! 2y
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BethFishReads Great choices! Not boring to me *shrug* 2y
LitHousewife @BethFishReads I don't go to my mom for advice on Literature. 😂 2y
BethFishReads Hahaha 2y
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