This is a novella of the first order, by acclaimed 20th Century author John Steinbeck.
Although quite concise; this piece of literature manages to engage in a parable of political observation that belies the modern social gestation in the United States (it was published in 1947). However, you are not at once drawn to its extra–narrative influence. The story takes precedence in the way in which The Pearl is recieved.
Set on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, in a sleepy fishing town the story depicts local American Indians living in relative squalour to their European expatriate masters. Henceforth, the moral tale is wound from our protagonist‘s discovery of a mighty pearl of such amazing beauty that it “rose to an aching chord that caught the throat, saying this is safety, this is warmth, this is the Whole” and the events that unfold around him and the power of wealth over man –to empower him or perhaps to destroy him? And herein lies the political framework for your consideration. This literature is certainly as profound as it is ambiguous; an inspiring novel to comfort those of any political persuasion or, indeed anyone with an eye for a good read.