Pearl (Steinbeck)

The Pearl
John Steinbeck, 1947
Penguin Group USA
96 pp.
ISBN-13: 9780140177374

Summary
First published in 1947, John Steinbeck's parable is a literary jewel.

Kino is a Mexican pearl-fisher in the Gulf of California. When he and his wife, Juana, have a baby, their joy is complete.... Until the infant is bitten by a scorpion. Kino finds a great pearl worth a fortune, far more than enough to pay the doctor needed to save the baby's life, but it brings only tragedy and evil to his family. A masterpiece of American literature. (From the publisher.)

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