Asalamualykum! Hello all! How is everyone doing? I would love to know!
It’s Monday! Which here means I need to update my recent posts! I have for you today a breathtaking short story because I understand not many people have time to read a full lengthy novel.
The story is called, The Pearl, written by the American author John Steinbeck, who also happens to have won the The Nobel Prize in Literature, 1962.
The Pearl, is a novella. An Italian word which here means “a short novel.” Makes sense, as the novella itself is just ninety ( B| ) pages long. However, the story just isn’t short, it is a parable. There is a meaning behind it all, and it’s up to you to figure it out! Wondering how long it took me to finish reading the book? I was able to finish The Pearl in a mere two days, reading about an hour and a half each day.
Here is the synopsis, but I must admit, it is much too humble.
“There it lay, the great pearl, perfect as the moon.”
Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull’s egg, as “perfect as the moon.” With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security….
A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man’s nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.
The story itself uses numerous kinds of literary devices, including similes, metaphors, foreshadowing, personification, and symbolism. You can imagine the story is far more interesting than what it says on the back cover.
Interesting? Want to read it right now? No worries. There are tons of PDF files scattered over the internet of the (full) parable. 😄 So… what are you waiting for? Go! And let me know down below how it was, or if you are planning on reading it!