Thursday, 24 January 2019

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

“Her dark eyes made little reflected stars. She was looking at him as she was always looking at him when he awakened.”

When Kino's baby son is bitten by a scorpion he lacks the money to pay for a doctor. While treating the wound by the sea, Kino uncovers a massive oyster which holds an exceptionally large pearl within.
Riffing on the idea that money is the root of all evil, this short story is a compelling tale of greed and the grief it brings. It does not have a happy ending.

I'm not sure I can fill you on more details without ruining the whole story. I suggest you invest your time in reading what amounts to a very quick read and one that is descriptive and beautifully and gut wrenchingly delivered.

5 out of 5 times money can't buy you happiness.

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