A theme I really like is the importance of family. You could tell according to Kino’s attention to the Song of Family how much he cared about and loved his family. He would do (and did do) anything and everything for them.
Another I like is the
competition between, attempt at merging the ancient indigenous way of life and the modern Christian life. Juana knows of spirits and evil and wards them off. But, Kino and her want to get married in the Christian church. They are poor and live in a hut, but Kino wants a gun and wants Coyotito to be able to go to school to learn to read and write.
Steinbeck really allows us to know both Kino and Juana very well–we are able to see their thought process, to be able to feel their emotions, know them on a deeper level, all in 90 pages. He writes simplistically, reflecting the simplicity of their indigenous way of life, but so in a sophisticated way!
I definitely would recommend this novel if you have an extra 2-3 hours. I give it a 4.5 out of 5.