The Pearl (1947)

Steinbeck’s The Pearl  might be the weakest of his works I have read thus far. Not to say that it isn’t a good read or that it doesn’t represent Monterey and Steinbeck’s writing style, it’s just that the story takes too many liberties with darkness/evil and nature/songs. The story is simple and straightforward but the pacing and movement feel a bit forced, in that too much happens to Kino and his little family, especially considering the backing and support they have in the community. I just don’t see it playing out the way it did and my suspension of disbelief wasn’t held.




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