Your Tuesday edition printed a story on page 9A writing of the tribulations of a young miner in the west African forests of Guinea whose sweat-covered efforts uncovered a 182 carat diamond.
As I read of this 25 year old's luck, or perhaps not so four-leaf clover, I was reminded of John Steinbeck's 'The Pearl.' Steinbeck's novel weaves the tale of a Baja, (Mexico), California youth who discovered a pearl of unusual size. Governmental difficulties, corrupting influence of sudden wealth, turned this boy's life and that of his family into a wide-awake nightmare.
Steinbeck's 'Cannary Row' is possible the best known of this author's efforts.
I commend your paper for excellent coverage.
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