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    DOWNLOAD ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ½ Frank Norris (The Octopus A Story of California) PDF ✓ Frank Norris Frank Norris ½ 9 SUMMARY 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 bein

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    DOWNLOAD ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ½ Frank Norris Frank Norris ½ 9 SUMMARY (The Octopus A Story of California) PDF ✓ Frank Norris 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 any was needed that the loss to American letters that Norris's death at 32 was immenseThe imagination that Norris evidenced in his six book career is sharp He saw clearly the world around him and wasn't

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    DOWNLOAD ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ½ Frank Norris (The Octopus A Story of California) PDF ✓ Frank Norris Frank Norris ½ 9 SUMMARY Prior to beginning The Octopus the only thing I knew about Frank Norris was that his novel The Pit inspired Upto

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    (The Octopus A Story of California) PDF ✓ Frank Norris 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 ki

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    (The Octopus A Story of California) PDF ✓ Frank Norris SUMMARY 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 personal for me It's based on real events that happened around 1880 in central Califo

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    (The Octopus A Story of California) PDF ✓ Frank Norris 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 m

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    DOWNLOAD ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ½ Frank Norris (The Octopus A Story of California) PDF ✓ Frank Norris Frank Norris ½ 9 SUMMARY 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 about the best compliment I can give it

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    SUMMARY The Octopus A Story of California (The Octopus A Story of California) PDF ✓ Frank Norris DOWNLOAD ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ½ Frank Norris 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 dram

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    SUMMARY The Octopus A Story of California DOWNLOAD ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ½ Frank Norris Frank Norris ½ 9 SUMMARY 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 Miserables as The

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SUMMARY The Octopus A Story of California

SUMMARY The Octopus A Story of California 109 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. 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 At a time when the expansion of the railroads was being heralded as the vehicle for progress Frank Norris was telling the rest of the story the real story as it hit the lives of people who were subjugated and oppressed by the sprawling railroads We follow the lives of farmers and aspiring business folk who are crushed by the untethered demands of the railroads and we watch with heartbreak as their lives are ruined by the greed of this new industryAnd something should be said about that title The railroads stretched their tentacles across the land like an octopus pulling all profit and entrepreneurialism into the cutting and crushing bit of its hardened beak The octopus seeks to dominate absolutely and so the railroads didAnd Norris told that storyThis book as all of Norris works are is an example of the Naturalist movement in American Literature Naturalism among other things sought to apply the discoveries of science to literature scientific order in the world random occurrences and most of all the indifference of the universe Contrary to the concept of a loving and benevolent God maintaining the order of all things Naturalist writers portrayed the universe as a cold indifferent machine that could and would crush anything that is in the wrong place at the wrong timeThe Octopus captures Naturalism as well or better than any other example of Naturalism Stephen Crane and Theodore Dreiser are the names usually at the top of the list of Naturalism but for me the number one spot is occupied by Frank NorrisNeedless to say I highly recommend this book for many reasons

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SUMMARY The Octopus A Story of California 109 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. 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 California history where the railroads wielded an enormous amount of power not only in transportation but also in government and land ownership As a result they made paupers of rich men overnight and destroyed the lives of many less wealthy farmers There is no happy ending And because Norris creates such a rich cast of characters and devotes many of the 600 pages to fully developing their families experiences and personalities beyond the political story the ending is even difficult to takeFrank Norris is not a spare writer He spends time setting each scene and despite the multiple points of view present throughout I often felt that the overall master narrator was the poet Presley Scenes are described in breathtaking language regardless of if the view is of a field of wheat or a ditch of bodies In the novel when Presley writes a poem to great acclaim he chooses to publish it in a newspaper for the masses instead of in a magazine for the privileged Norris does the same with his novel it is a story about wrongs against humanity and he wrote it for the masses There is nothing privileged about this book It is a warning against the concentration of power and the risks all people run if they lose sight of their morals This book does not preach but it would be hard to miss to message

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SUMMARY The Octopus A Story of California 109 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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  • The Octopus A Story of California
  • Frank Norris
  • English
  • 17 January 2018
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