The Octopus (Barnes & Noble Digital Library): A Story of California [NOOK Book]

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This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.
 

Like a predatory octopus, the railroad tracks of California squeezed the wheat fields and the farmers with its steel tentacles. A story of deep personal tragedies, The Octopus concerns political corruption and American enterprise. It explores the natural forces that shaped individual...
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The Octopus (Barnes & Noble Digital Library): A Story of California

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Overview


This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.
 

Like a predatory octopus, the railroad tracks of California squeezed the wheat fields and the farmers with its steel tentacles. A story of deep personal tragedies, The Octopus concerns political corruption and American enterprise. It explores the natural forces that shaped individual human lives, and is an acknowledged masterpiece of American literary naturalism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411466265
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Digital Library
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 763,969
  • File size: 686 KB

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Benjamin Franklin Norris, Jr., was born on March 5, 1870, in Chicago. Around 1896, Norris joined the staff of the weekly literary and general interest magazine the San Francisco Wave and integrated himself into the local literary community. He wrote The Octopus as the opening volume in a trilogy about wheat.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    This was a great novel. Really interesting details of the times.

    This was a great novel. Really interesting details of the times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2004

    Don't Miss The Hidden Message

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2003

    Don't let any 'socialist hype' deter you

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2001

    An American Epic

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 1999

    'Muckraking for muck's sake' , Teddy Roosevelt

    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.

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