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characters The Octopus A Story of California Frank Norris Ý 5 Free download Summary · The Octopus A Story of California 105 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. 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 all at least not the first book by the time the wheat is made into bread and biscuits and all that kind of thing who knows perhaps I ll be boredFrank Norris was an American author born in Chicago It doesn t seem like he stayed there long though He also lived in California London New York and Paris he worked as a news correspondent in South Africa and as a war correspondent in Cuba during the Spanish American war he seemed like a very busy person Whenever I read anything about Frank Norris it says he was a naturalist writer so I finally looked up the word These are two of the definitions I found Naturalism was a literary movement taking place from the 1880s to 1940s that used detailed realism to suggest that social conditions heredity and environment had inescapable force in shaping human characterThe thinking was that certain factors such as heredity and social conditions were unavoidable determinants in one s life A poor immigrant could not escape their life of poverty because their preconditions were the only formative aspects in his or her existence that mattered Naturalism almost entirely dispensed with the notion of free will or at least a free will capable of enacting real change in life s circumstancesEmile Zola Stephen Crane Frank Norris Theodore Dreiser and Upton Sinclair are all listed as major naturalist authors So this is what I ve learned without giving a thought to whether I agree with naturalism I certainly enjoy that style of writing because I love all those authors The Octopus is the story of the conflict between wheat farmers in the San Joauin Valley and the Pacific and Southwestern railroad The octopus is the railroad its tentacles spread out into every aspect of man s life making itself even powerful and of course always richer The focus in the novel seem to be the power the railroad company has over the farmers and how the farmers are almost helpless to this entity The issue at stake is one of land ownership Along the lines of the Pacific and South West Railroad alternate sections of land had been granted to the Railroad Trust by the government The railroad invited the farmers to settle the land and cultivate wheat then offers the land for sale at first to the first occupants The price was promised to be between 250 and 500 per acre Improvements to the land would not affect the price therefore the land would prove to be very valuable to those first farmers As the novel goes on the farmers greatly improve the land through things like irrigation however the railroad has no intention of selling to the farmers at the original price When told that the farmers have improved the land they are told the presence of the railroad also increases the value of the ranches Eventually the railroad decides to sell but now the selling price to is be in the range between 2000 and 3000 per acre Thus begins the war between the farmers and railroad trust When the ranchers resolve to defend their homes and livelihood there are tragic conseuences of which you are going to have to find out for yourselves what they areI loved the book a lot of people wouldn t There is a lot of talk about wheat a lot of talk about wheat prices oh and a lot of talk about railroads The railroad seems like its the main character and it is a long book I ve often heard it said that if you re from California you would love the book Well I m not from California have never been there doubt I ll ever get there but I still thought it was a great read On to the next book happy reading Sekiro Shadows Die Twice, Official Game Guide you are going to have to find out for Operation Warboard yourselves what they areI loved the book a lot of people wouldn t There is a lot of talk about wheat a lot of talk about wheat prices oh and a lot of talk about railroads The railroad seems like its the main character and it is a long book I ve often heard it said that if The Exercise of Vital Powers you re from California Sri Dasam Granth Sahib you would love the book Well I m not from California have never been there doubt I ll ever get there but I still thought it was a great read On to the next book happy reading

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characters The Octopus A Story of California Frank Norris Ý 5 Free download Summary · The Octopus A Story of California 105 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

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characters The Octopus A Story of California Frank Norris Ý 5 Free download Summary · The Octopus A Story of California 105 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. 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 naturalism don t be fooled This turn of the 20th century book has in common with Dickens or Stowe than for instance Richard Wright or even Stephen Crane It s really striking how some passages of this book feel so modern they could ve been written in the 1950s while others feel so old fashioned they could ve been written in the 1850s Although dated in significant ways eg straight up racism religious sentimentality it s still a fascinating document of its time and intriguing artistic effort OK I do have to comment on one style tic that is unintentionally hilarious Norris is kind of addicted to repeating certain descriptive stock phrases when characters or situations reappear in his narrative A charitable interpretation is that he thinks these word for word repetitions are leitmotifs or Homeric epithets something but they in fact are just plain corny and good occasions to skip a page The Octopus length and baggy episodic structure would have been for its time a feature and not a bug It s a reminder that novels of this time were analogous to seasons long TV serials rather than tightly paced feature films I recall HL Mencken half jokingly commenting that the prodigious length of Dreiser novels from roughly this same period were selling points book for your bang to pass a long winter In short I m giving this four stars because there are genuinely interesting and well done parts mixed in with the not so well done parts and because it s a pretty significant though fictionalized California historical account To enjoy it it helps to be a little detached and intellectualizing to think of it as an artifact somewhat rather than expecting oneself to be Frank Norris target reader


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    Frank Norris Ý 5 Free download PDF FREE [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 ind

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    PDF FREE [The Octopus A Story of California] Prior to beginning The Octopus the only thing I knew about Frank Norris was that his novel The Pit inspired Upton Sinclair to write

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    Frank Norris Ý 5 Free download PDF FREE [The Octopus A Story of California] 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 persona

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    PDF FREE [The Octopus A Story of California] 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 go?This book is an epic of Wheat in California And I me

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    characters The Octopus A Story of California Frank Norris Ý 5 Free download Read & Download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ý Frank Norris 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

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    PDF FREE [The Octopus A Story of California] Read & Download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ý Frank Norris The Octopus is mentioned several times in the last book I read The Inventor and the Tycoon Since I was a big fan of Norris' McTeague I decided to tackle this sweeping drama Although the book is painfully slow in the beginning it is well worth completing Norris must have been inspired by Victor Hugo's Les Miserab

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