Monday, July 18, 2011

Novel Length Short Story: The Pearl by John Steinbeck

So I just finished reading a novel.  It was short-ish, but reminded of what Gabe said back in short story month about genres of length.  The Pearl feels like a short story.  I really don't think I would have read it or kept reading it if I didn't HAVE to take baths because my bathroom only has a tub.  My copy is all old and shit.  I'm fine with dropping it in the water.

This is really just to say, that yes, short stories over 100 pages exist.


  1. yo, that's called a novella. the pearl is sad and the only steinbeck i like.

  2. It's really not a novella. It's too long to be a novella. But it "feels like" a short story, for a lot of reasons.

  3. Action is not that complicated and gives space for the reader's imagination to take control.