The Pearl (novel)

The Pearl (novel)
The Pearl  
UK Edition of The Pearl
3rd edition
Author(s) John Steinbeck
Original title The Pearl
Illustrator Cover Design: Micheal Ian Kaye
Cover artist Ross Mcdonald
Country United States
Language English
Publisher The Viking Press & William Heinemann
Publication date 1947
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-14-017737-X
OCLC Number 27697348
First edition titlepage

The Pearl is a novella by American author John Steinbeck, published in 1947.



A story based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man's nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the disastrous effects of stepping out of an established system. Bad things will happen if one abuses his/her spot, according to the Father in the novel.

The doctor refers to Kino's race as animals.

The Pearl itself eventually leads to the devastation of a family. At the outset, Kino envisions a better future the pearl will bring as he wants new clothes for his family and himself, a proper wedding for he and Juana, and a proper education for Coyotito. Before Kino undertakes his plans, friends and relatives of Kino wonder whether it will make or break Kino and his family and people question whether he can achieve these goals because Kino would have to essentially break the rigid social structure.


The pearl is symbolic of all the power to deceive, to corrupt, and to destroy. But it does bring hope, promise to comfort, and security to this poor, Mexican family.

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