A brilliant novella that is a fable about the dangers of unexpected wealth by great American novelist, John Steinbeck, author of The Grapes of Wrath, part of the Originals collection, Penguin's essential modern classics for YA readers.
'I seen hunderds of men come by on the road an' on the ranches, with their bindles on their back an' that same damn thing in their heads. Hunderds of them. They come, an' they quit an' go on; an' every damn one of 'em's got a little piece of land in his head.
When Kino, an Indian pearl-diver, finds 'the Pearl of the world' he believes that his life will be magically transformed.
'Wherever they's a fight so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever they's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there.
'I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one . . . Humans are caught-in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too-in a net of good and evil . . . There is no other story.
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