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Frank Norris ¾ 7 Characters Download à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ Frank Norris Read & download The Octopus A Story of California Tative on the state rate fixing commission An unremitting tale of greed and betrayal originally intended as one third of Norris' never completed Epic of the Wheat trilogy. How long must it go on How long must we suffer Where is the end what is the end How long must the ironhearted monster feed on our life s blood How long must this terror of steam and steel ride upon our necks Will you never be satisfied will you never relent you our masters you our kings you our taskmasters you our Pharaohs Will you never listen to that commandment Let my people goThis book is an epic of Wheat in California And I mean it an EPIC of WHEAT I enjoyed it than The Grapes of Wrath I read in the afterward that Norris toned down his critiues and complicated the innocence of the farmers to appease the right ward turn of his press Yet I found the book convincing and engaging because of the moral fall the fall from innocence that the railroads dealings forced upon the farmers This book reinforced most of my pre existing beliefs about depictions of race gender and land ownership in California farm narratives Its a great novel to use to talk about land grants and the railroads in the west

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Frank Norris ¾ 7 Characters Download à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ Frank Norris Read & download The Octopus A Story of California This is a turn of the century epic of California wheat farmers struggling against the rapacity of the Pacific and Southwestern Railroad which will stop at nothing to exte. I read this novel years ago after an undergraduate English professor kept mentioning it in a survey class I took on American literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries It was not an assigned text though it was one that he clearly favored I liked the professor very much he was an impressively learned old school man who lectured with confident ease on a broad canvas about philosophical political and social currents that formed the backdrop of whatever works we happened to be reading This was 1975 when English professors knew their literature and the social and intellectual and political contexts in which it was written They didn t trouble us with bizarre literary theories and pretentious jargon the toxic waste that started spreading in the 80s and is unlikely ever to be effectively contained and remediated I was a freshman and had never before heard a teacher speak so effortlessly on so many high toned intellectual topics And so I felt compelled to read this important American novel which unsurprisingly nobody really reads any and that is a shame The characters are memorable and the story is compellingFile under naturalism This is a term I have never especially liked because it seems misleading It is a word that does not effectively convey exactly what the main ingredients of this literary movement are How does the word naturalism come to mean a school of literature in which characters are subjected to Darwinian forces beyond their control What is natural about that Like it or not naturalism means exploitation avarice and how people caught up in their inexorable grip are crushed by the the raw exercise of economic and political power Like the railroad in this novel whose tentacles strangle those who attempt in vain to oppose its unstoppable grasp Seems to me a novel like this would be perfectly appropriate to the conditions which prevail in the USA a century later extreme wage ineuality rampant dishonesty and corruption on the part of politicians market manipulation and rapacious greed that are normative behavior on Wall Street and powerful corporations who fire employees move jobs to other countries and strip remaining employees of basic benefits all the while paying top management salaries that balloon ever higher into the stratosphere A new Octopus for a new age Interlingua; A grammar of the international language is a turn of the century epic of California wheat farmers struggling against the rapacity of the Pacific and Southwestern Railroad which will stop at nothing to exte. 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Frank Norris ¾ 7 Characters Download à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ Frank Norris Read & download The Octopus A Story of California Nd its domination The company controls the local paper the land the legislature and when the farmers organize to protect themselves even manages to control their represen. News stories about Occupy Wall Street and the 99% have dominated the headlines for the past year These same themes also dominate this century old book which was a bestseller in 1901 Here the Octopus is the Railroad its tentacles suffocating and destroying the lives of hardworking ranchers and their familiesThis book is also personal for me It s based on real events that happened around 1880 in central California only miles away from where I grew up a century later The Southern Pacific leased land to ranchers and then after the land was developed and the lease time was at end the railroad increased the price tenfold and then acted to force the farmers off the land The end result was the Mussel Slough Tragedy a shoot out that killed several men and made the surviving ranchers into local folk heroesNorris used those elements to create his drama of the West He changed many of the facts in his book the incident takes place right before 1900 and the real places of Hanford and Grangeville have been altered to Bonneville and Guadalajara respectively The latter also has a mission in this telling The geography is also strangely different with nearby hills and canyons that provide handy places for his characters to look down upon the valley of promise in reality the hills are some 40 miles awayThere are some classics that age better than others The Octopus is very slow to get going It has a wide cast of characters and changes points of view on a whim The women are stock characters either simpering or overly noble the real protagonists are the men In Victorian fashion the descriptions wax elouent and can go on for pages Very little happens in the first 23 of this 650 page novel Much of it is building up the tension slowly and has a great deal of angst However when the end comes it actually moves along at a steady clip It s a tragedy in a Rocks Fall Everyone Dies sort of way Most of the main cast is annihilated the men dead the women suffering through miscarriage or poverty or prostitution All of this is the fault of the railroad or their own moral failingsThose moral failings are heavy handed in the style of the time but also are not clear black and white The most upstanding of the characters suffer because of their poor choices A character I disliked immensely at the beginning was Annixter he was creepy and anti woman with an angry fixation on his dairymaid However by the end of the book he had transformed and became a redemptive figure because of the love of that very dairymaidThe book is also steeped in the biased attitudes of the time The head of the railroad is Jewish The cast of good guys is very Anglo Saxon The lesser farmhands such as the Portuguese are regarded with disdain which is amazing to me since the valley s Portuguese population is now so large and integral The most blatantly racist line of the book is near the end after a jack rabbit round up The Anglo Saxon spectators round drew back in disgust but the hot degenerated blood of the Portuguese Mexican and mixed Spaniard boiled up in excitement at this wholesale slaughter It makes me wince but the statement is also a reflection of the time period and must be seen in that context Also most of those wincing Anglo Saxons ended up dead but the so called degenerates lived on Perhaps there s a sort of Darwinism in thatIt s not a fun read but I found it fascinating to read a dramatization of events that happened a few miles away from my home and I m glad I finally trudged through the tome Sometimes it s good to read a classic just to be able to say I read that


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  1. says: Frank Norris ¾ 7 Characters Download à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ Frank Norris Read & download The Octopus A Story of California

    Download à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ Frank Norris Frank Norris ¾ 7 Characters Read & download The Octopus A Story of California This was my third time reading this book I first read it for an American Lit survey course in college and something about Norris' tenacious and unwavering passion for truth on a grand scale pulled my 20 something idealism in a new direction In particular there's a thread of social justice that elevates this book from being a good story to a poignant social statementThe story revolves around the growth of the railroad industry A

  2. says: Frank Norris ¾ 7 Characters Download à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ Frank Norris The Octopus A Story of California [Free E–pub]

    Frank Norris ¾ 7 Characters Download à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ Frank Norris Read & download The Octopus A Story of California I read this novel years ago after an undergraduate English professor kept mentioning it in a survey class I took on American literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries It was not an assigned text though it was one that he clearly favored I liked the professor very much; he was an impressively learned old school man who lectured with confident ease on a broad canvas about philosophical political and social current

  3. says: The Octopus A Story of California [Free E–pub] Frank Norris ¾ 7 Characters

    The Octopus A Story of California [Free E–pub] This book merits three stars based on historical interest alone It's not Norris's best writing by a long shot that honor belonging to McTeague in this writer's never humble opinion and it's further evidence if an

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    The Octopus A Story of California [Free E–pub] Prior to beginning The Octopus the only thing I knew about Frank Norris was that his novel The Pit inspired Upton Sinclair to write The Jungle I don't know if this is true but the four years between the two books makes it seem plausible Thus I went into The Octopus with a fairly open mindI loved itIt is not an easy book to read; the events it is based upon are not happy ones The Octopus covers a period in Cal

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    The Octopus A Story of California [Free E–pub] The Octopus A Story of California is a 1901 novel by Frank Norris I loved this book It was the first part of an uncompleted trilogy titled The Epic of the Wheat The Epic of the Wheat sounds so boring but I didn't find it boring at al

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    Download à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ Frank Norris Frank Norris ¾ 7 Characters The Octopus A Story of California [Free E–pub] News stories about Occupy Wall Street and the 99% have dominated the headlines for the past year These same themes also dominate this century old book which was a bestseller in 1901 Here the Octopus is the Railroad its tentacles suffocating and destroying the lives of hardworking ranchers and their familiesThis book is also personal

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    The Octopus A Story of California [Free E–pub] Frank Norris ¾ 7 Characters How long must it go on? How long must we suffer? Where is the end what is the end? How long must the ironhearted monster feed on our life's blood? How long must this terror of steam and steel ride upon our necks? Will you never be sa

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    The Octopus A Story of California [Free E–pub] The railroad is bad Especially in the 1880s It is the destroyer of souls the devil's most exuisite instrument of torture That's about all I got for getting through this slog It was fine It wasn't offensive But that's abou

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    The Octopus A Story of California [Free E–pub] Based on a true story of a violent conflict between the railroad and California wheat ranchers in the San Joauin valley The Octopus is a big baggy amalgam of naturalism regionalism sentimental novel political novel and historical dramatization Just because you may have heard of it being associated with naturali

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    Download à eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ¾ Frank Norris The Octopus A Story of California [Free E–pub] The Octopus is mentioned several times in the last book I read The Inventor and the Tycoon Since I was a big fan o

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  • The Octopus A Story of California
  • Frank Norris
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  • 21 February 2020
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