Steinbeck, John: The Pearl

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John Steinbeck The Pearl Author John Steinbeck was born in 1902 in Salinas (California) and was of Westfalian descent on his father s side and of Irish on his mother s side. He studied at Stanford University for some years (1919-1925). Steinbeck took particular interest in biology and studies that taught him how to make exact observations, but he never passed any final exams. He took any kind of work, for example in the country, where he got to know the working-conditions of the farmers, or in New York, where he was a dish-washer, bricklayer, porter and finally a newspaper reporter. Steinbeck was not that well known, until he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 with the novel The Grapes of Wrath . He died in 1968. Other novels Cup of Gold (1929) In Dubious Battle (1936) To a God Unknown (1933) Of Mice and Men (1937) Tortilla Flat (1935) East of Eden (1952) Main characters Kino: a simple fisherman Juan Tomás: Kino s brother Juana: Kino s wife Apolonia: Juan Tomás wife Plot Kino is a simple fisherman and he lives with his wife Juana and his baby-son Coyotito in a little brush house by the sea. His brother Juan Tomás has his hut near him. He is as happy as he could be in his poor living-condition: Kino is married and he has a child. In every situation Kino hears a kind of music, for example the Song of Evil when he feels danger. One morning this sign of danger is there and it proves right because a short time later a scor-pion stings the baby. Naturally they take the baby to the ...

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