The Pearl is Steinbeck’s retelling of a Mexican folktale and it is beautiful, engaging, and brutal. It follows Kino, a poor, uneducated father, fisherman, and husband in Baja Mexico. In a desperate attempt to earn enough money to save his infant son from illness, Kino finds the “pearl of the world”. The story explores the human heart as greed, the drive for survival, love of family, power, and paranoia bleed from this pearl through Kino’s home, village, and out into the desert ending in a brutally devastating climax.
Read The Pearl for its beautiful storytelling.
Read The Pearl to remind yourself of the dangers of giving into the lusts that claw for the affections of your heart.