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The Pearl
The Pearl | John Steinbeck
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Nebklvr
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Mehso-so

Descriptive and brutal. Depressing as all get out.

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breadnroses
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The Pearl is a gorgeous novella based on a Mexican folktale about the uneasy discovery of a splendid pearl that unleashes in the hearts of men the ultimate evil: greed. Steinbeck is no doubt one of my favorite writers and I really enjoyed this quick, stunning read.

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Addison_Reads
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Pickpick

I haven't read this since high school. Being younger when I first read it I can remember liking it but I feel that I couldn't fully appreciate this gem of a novella.

The Pearl is such a heartfelt tale that has more depth to its layers than I realized. Another wonderful story from Steinbeck.

SRWCF Such a heartbreaking tale. 💔 4mo
Tamra A very favorite! ❤️ 4mo
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Gissy
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Pickpick

A retelling of an old Mexican folk tale. What a sad story😢but beautifully written. It has been analyzed from the social-political perspective. It has an average rating in GR but for me...How powerful the words are in these 87 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Hector Elizondo.
4.8/5⭐️
#DoubleSpin @TheAromaOfBooks
April 2022 #20in4readathon @Andrew65

Gissy #OriliumMagicalReadathon YouTuber @BookRoast YouTuber
For this semester (spring equinox) I chose 2 careers but I will extend the semester for the whole summer-I need tutoring 🤣
This book is for:
Mage Hunter: class-Elemental Studies=book under 100 pages
5mo
SRWCF This is such an amazing book! I have librarian rights in Goodreads and I spent a lot of time adding the characters in the book record. 5mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 5mo
TheAromaofBooks I haven't read this one yet, but I've loved every Steinbeck I've read so far even though they are all SO SAD! 5mo
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KatieDid927
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Pickpick

A beautiful Mexican folktale / parable retold in Steinback‘s genius prose. Also nice and short, so it helped me reach my reading goal for 2021 on time.

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KatieDid927
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🎉

Megabooks 🎉🎉🎉 9mo
Reggie Congrats!!! 9mo
fredamans Congrats!! 9mo
sprainedbrain Yay!! 🎉🎉🎉 9mo
j9brown 🥳🥳🥳 9mo
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JenlovesJT47
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Pickpick

You guys...this little book ripped my heart out at 3 o‘clock this morning. 😭 I read it in one sitting. It‘s a great cautionary tale based on a Mexican folktale about greed and the reminder of what‘s really important in life. John Steinbeck paints such a vivid picture of these people and the setting of the story that it feels like you‘re right there on the journey with them. 5⭐️ Highly recommended!

#novella
#JohnSteinbeck
#historicalfiction

Tamra It‘s my favorite novella. 💜 1y
JenlovesJT47 @Tamra it‘s so good! Have you ever listened to the audiobook? 1y
Tamra @JenlovesJT47 no, maybe I should try it? 1y
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JenlovesJT47 @Tamra I just looked on my Audible app and Hector Elizondo narrates it. It‘s 2.5 hours long. I definitely plan on getting it in the future! You can‘t go wrong with Steinbeck imo 🤓 1y
Tamra @JenlovesJT47 agreed! 1y
282Mikado I read this over 30 years ago and still recall how strongly it affected me. It is on my to read list. Perhaps I'll bump it up a bit. 1y
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CuriousG
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I'm posting one book per day from the ever growing unread stacks in my personal library. No description or explanation, just books I own and plan to read. #tbr

Day 38

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I had to read this one in school, middle school if memory serves, I should reread it now as an adult...I bet I‘d get more out of it now. 2y
Bits Love this one 2y
CuriousG @bits @Riveted_Reader_Melissa East of Eden is one of my favourite novels ever. Unpopular opinion, but I struggled to engage with Grapes of Wrath. Planning on working my way through the rest of his work to find the gems and will likely start with this one 2y
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Kelly326
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Pickpick

Finished my March #doublespin book already. This was a short novella about poverty, greed, evil, and love. So many life lessons built in to just over 80 pages. Steinbeck can write a story and this one did not disappoint.

suvata Such an incredible book and very unlike his other books 2y
GinaKButler I loved this one...you can definitely relate it to present day. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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GinaKButler
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Squeezing in one more read for 2020...

britt_brooke This is a great little book - enjoy! 2y
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dearb00kshelves
The Pearl | John Steinbeck
Bailedbailed

I also bailed on this audiobook while doing laundry this morning. I might come back to it but I'm not sure. There are so many other things I'd rather read right now.

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bookandbedandtea
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Pickpick

In sparse, beautifully descriptive prose Steinbeck gives us an adaptation of a Mexican folk tale that explores human nature (vile), materialism, racism, and greed. My favorite part was the music Kino hears as he goes about his life, especially his Song Of Family. This is my #BookSpin for August @TheAromaofBooks

UwannaPublishme Steinbeck! 🙌🏻 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Bigcountry15
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Pickpick

Steinbeck tells another tale that makes you think. This short gem tells the tale of Kino and the finding of the "Pearl of the World." It could be read as an allegory or parable warning of the traps that come with sudden wealth. Kino sees in the Pearl future success for his family and material riches. Others also want the Pearl...

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Brie
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Some new additions! #bookhaul 📚

Klou I LOVE the Penguin clothbound classics!! 😍😍😍 Are you collecting them? I have the Jane Austen boxed set and they are some of my favourite on my shelves (haven't read any of them yet though 🙈😂) 2y
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mydearwatson
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#setinmexico #day5 #bibliomaynia @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

I feel like I read part of this a long time ago. I kind of want to read the whole thing, but it‘s been awhile since I‘ve read Steinbeck, and I didn‘t like it then. It‘s probably time to try again.

(pic from #goodreads)

UwannaPublishme Steinbeck! 🙌🏻 2y
OriginalCyn620 I haven‘t read it either but I‘m willing to give it a go! 2y
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TheEllieMo
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Saw this mentioned a lot in the American Dirt controversy. I‘m intrigued to read it.

#SetInMexico
#BiblioMAYnia
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚🇲🇽 2y
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VeryLazyDaisy
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Pickpick

I‘m filling in those gaps in my reading of the classics. Steinbeck‘s prose is succinct yet beautiful and descriptive. I can‘t believe I‘ve gone my whole life so far without reading his work. What a waste. I am so glad I picked this up.

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VeryLazyDaisy
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What a striking description. I can imagine exactly how that scene looks.

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ATB
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Surprised I didn‘t have to read this in high school. Will finish tomorrow. Quick win for #24B4MONDAY

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Tamra
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Pickpick

My 6th grade teacher read this to the class and I fell in love. I‘ve read it several times since and it never gets old as it‘s a classic tale about avarice and the meaning of the “good life.” This is the first time I‘ve listened to an audio version.

My son is in the 6th grade and I can‘t quite see him loving it, but maybe I‘m selling him short because it has suspense and action. 😆

Anna40 Loved this book so much! 3y
Tamra @Anna40 👏🏾 3y
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Eggs
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The Pearl is a classic based on the Mexican folktale.

#mexico #letstraveljuly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

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OriginalCyn620 I need to read this! 3y
LibrarianJen We read this in high school instead of Of Mice and Men. It‘s still one of my favorite classics. 3y
Tamra One of my favorites! 3y
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britt_brooke
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 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. 3y
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. 3y
Reviewsbylola I‘m finishing up my second reading of EoE right now but haven‘t read this one yet. 3y
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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! 3y
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! I think I read this in junior HS!! I totally forgot about it. 3y
KellyHunsakerReads It is totally worth a reread. 3y
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! 3y
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) 3y
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JamieLou
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Pickpick

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! 4y
JamieLou @quietjenn it‘s only 121 pages 😉 4y
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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 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
Kalalalatja Way to go! 4y
DivaDiane Amazing well done!!! 4y
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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! 4y
JoScho 🎉💖🎉💖🎉 4y
Trashcanman Woot Woot! 4y
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tina_b.ooks Congratulations! 🎈🌻 4y
SilversReviews Congrats!! 4y
Jas16 🙌🏽 4y
Kalalalatja 👏👏👏 4y
hes7 Yay! 🎉 4y
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ju.ca.no
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Pickpick

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. 💜 4y
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! 4y
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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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Pickpick

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! 4y
LittleWonder @CoffeeNBooks 🤗 (edited) 4y
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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! 5y
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. 5y
Tamra 💜 This is one of few books I‘ve read a few times. It is raw, gripping, & moving. Unsentimental. I love novellas! 5y
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. 5y
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diazepamie
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Pickpick

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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Pickpick

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 5y
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 5y
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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 5y
julesG @ju.ca.no Pony Patrol sound funny. I'll check the blurb. 5y
julesG Oh. There is no blurb. 5y
Simona I‘m okay with both of them 😁 5y
ephemeralwaltz I'm fine with both also!😍 5y
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suvata
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⁉️ Do you think The Pearl is a commentary on "the American dream"? How so?

#SteinbeckShortsReadAlong

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. 5y
suvata @UwannaPublishme Absolutely. The American dream doesn't just happen. You have to work for it. But, everyone has a shot at it. 5y
UwannaPublishme 😊👍🏻 5y
Sace 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. 5y
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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?

#SteinbeckShortsReadAlong

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. 5y
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. 5y
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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?

#SteinbeckShortsReadAlong

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. 5y
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. 5y
suvata @Batakris I do believe that, in a way, we all create our own reality. 5y
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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?

#SteinbeckShortsReadAlong

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. 5y
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. 5y
UwannaPublishme Yes, music can get through all of our layers and right into our hearts. 5y
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quirkyreader
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This one is for @suvata

suvata Oooo! I so love the old covers. 5y
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