_25E2_2580_259CThere it lay, the great pearl, perfect as the moon. _25E2_2580_259D One of Steinbecks most taught works, The Pearl is the story of the Mexican diver Kino, whose discovery of a magnificent pearl from the Gulf beds means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife Juana cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to tragedy.
This classic novella from Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck examines the fallacy of the American dream, and illustrates the fall from innocence experienced by people who believe that wealth erases all problems. This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by Linda Wagner-Martin and original illustrations by Mexican artist José Clemente Orozco. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.
With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family.
His dreams blind him to the greed that the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors. Baring the fallacy of the American dreamthat wealth erases all problemsSteinbecks classic illustrates our fall from innocence.