Books: Counterfeit Jewel

THE PEARL (122 pp.)—John Steinbeck —Viking ($2).

"It was as large as a sea-gull's egg. It was the greatest pearl in the world," and Kino had found it. How the pearl brought grief to its finder is a Mexican legend which Novelist John Steinbeck first heard on a trip to Mexico in 1940. Seldom has an old tale been made to pay off so richly. Steinbeck expanded it into a long short story for the Woman's Home Companion, has adapted it as a Hollywood movie script to be released next spring, and now has issued The Pearl between covers with powerful but...

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