, , , , , , ,

This is post #15 in 100DaysOfBloggingChallenge


The Pearl, by John Steinbeck is an utterly simple novella to read! Written about six decades ago, it highlights social and human behaviour which are so relevant even today!

It will only take you 2-3 hours to read this short story of Fisherman Kino, his wife Juana and baby Koyotito! First few pages are full heart wrenching poverty faced by poor fishermen and society’ partial behaviour towards them. And then one fine day Kino finds the biggest pearl. He thinks his life will change for good but alas! Life is not so rosy and not all dreams get fulfilled.

The family goes through a tough time selling the pearl at a fair price and face hell lot of challenges.

Apart from this, it depicts the opportunistic side of human nature, selfishness of people and cruelty of life in general. It manifests hopes, dreams, disappointments and despair so vividly in simplel words!

Some quotes:

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.”

“Luck, you see, brings bitter friends.”

“It is not good to want a thing too much. It sometimes drives the luck away. You must want it just enough, and you must be very tactful with Gods or the gods.”

“The people say that the two seemed to be removed from human experience; that they had gone through pain and had come out on the other side.”