I began to read the book weeks ago but it sat on my bedside table overlooked in favor of other readings and doings and comings and goings. Why it took me 6 weeks to read the shortest book on my list, and what could have been read essentially in one sitting is one of those mysteries of life.
This book is commonly read in high school but somehow or another it escaped me. I’m not sure as a high school student I would have appreciated the story nearly as much as I did as an adult so in many ways I’m glad I encountered the story now and not then.
The Pearl tells the story of Kino, Juana and their baby Coyotito and is based on a Mexican folk tale of Baja, Mexico. Kino earns his living fishing off the Pacific coast. On one of his dives he finds the pearl.
The Pearl of the World.
The biggest pearl he has ever seen. The biggest pearl anyone has ever seen!
Kino dreams of how the pearl will change his life. He and Juana will be able to get married – in the Church. He will be able to buy new clothes and new shoes for all of them. And a new rifle, an unheard of luxury. But most importantly little Coyotito would be able to go to school.
“My son will read and open the books, and my son will write and will know writing. And my son will make numbers, and these things will make us free because he will know — he will know and through him we will know.”
|John Steinbeck, 1902-1968|
Before Kino and Juana and the other fishers had come to Kino’s brush house, the nerves of the town were pulsing and vibrating with the news — Kino had found the Pearl of the World. Before panting little boys could strangle out the words, their mothers knew it. The news swept on past the brush houses, and it washed in a foaming wave into the town of stone and plaster.
Kino watched with the detachment of God while a dusty ant frantically tried to escape the sand trap an ant lion had dug for him.
There are numerous verses from Scripture to refute the idea of a detached God and one passage that says it so well is found in Psalm 34:15-18
Detached? No way.