The Octopus: A Story of California (Dodo Press)

The Octopus: A Story of California (Dodo Press)

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by Frank Norris
     
 

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The first of The Epic of Wheat Trilogy, this book describes the raising of wheat in California and the conflict between the wheat growers and a railway company. Benjamin Franklin Norris was an American novelist, during the Progressive Era, writing predominantly in the naturalist genre. Although he did not support socialism as a political system, his work nevertheless…  See more details below

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The first of The Epic of Wheat Trilogy, this book describes the raising of wheat in California and the conflict between the wheat growers and a railway company. Benjamin Franklin Norris was an American novelist, during the Progressive Era, writing predominantly in the naturalist genre. Although he did not support socialism as a political system, his work nevertheless has evinced a socialist mentality and influenced socialist/progressive writers such as Upton Sinclair. Like many of his contemporaries, he was profoundly influenced by the advent of Darwinism, and Thomas Henry Huxley's philosophical defense of it. Through many of his novels, notably McTeague (1899), runs a preoccupation with the notion of the civilized man overcoming the inner "brute", his animalistic tendencies. His peculiar, and often confused, brand of Social Darwinism also bears the influence of the early criminologist Cesare Lombroso.

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ISBN-13:
9781406540079
Publisher:
Dodo Press
Publication date:
07/06/2007
Pages:
524
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.17(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

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The Octopus: A Story of California 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great novel. Really interesting details of the times.
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This book seem like a one sided tale of how terrible big business can be. But late in the book our principal charitar has a meeting with the percieved evil person that is the President of the railroad. During this encounter the RR President confesses that at any time the farmers could have refused to do business with the railroad and pressured the railroad into more agreeable business arangments.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Frank Norris uses the English language like a fine artist uses paint. This is a brilliant, timeless novel that explores an interesting era of American history. I was leary to read the book due to the fear of getting a 'Sinclair-ian' socialist lecture, but this novel simply tells a human story with the objectivity of a good journalist. One of the true 'American' classics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This century-old novel is as timely today as when it was first published. In an archetypal tale of struggle between farmers and Railroad, People and Trust, Norris explores the brutality, injustice and evil of the capitalist system. A brilliant, gut-wrenching cry of social protest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Teddy ridiculed the writers and photographers wh exposed the darker side of prosperous turn of the century America. Norris does all of that and more buy exposing greed, corruption, hate, and family troubles in The Octopus. With memorable characters like Buck Anexter, Vanamee, and Hilma Tree this is a book for all time and all people.