The Pearl by John Steinbeck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This short story of Steinbeck explores the topics of good vs. evil and greed. Kino and his wife Juana live at the cost of Mexico. They are among the poor of their town, struggling to make ends meet and make a life for their new born son, Coyotito. But they are happy because they are together. One day Coyotito is stung by a scorpion. Desperate to find the funds to help care for and save Coyotito, Kino hunts for oysters in the ocean, finding a very rare pearl. As with many that come into fortune, Kino must make decisions that could alter their life for good or bad, while dealing with people that look to cheat him.
A short classic worth reading with many themes worth pondering.
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