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READ ✓ The Octopus A Story of California FREE DOWNLOAD Ý FOOTHILLFLYINGCLUB.CO æ Frank Norris 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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READ ✓ The Octopus A Story of California FREE DOWNLOAD Ý FOOTHILLFLYINGCLUB.CO æ Frank Norris 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 The Manga Artist's Workbook: Chibis: Easy to Follow Lessons for Drawing Super-cute Characters 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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READ ✓ The Octopus A Story of California FREE DOWNLOAD Ý FOOTHILLFLYINGCLUB.CO æ Frank Norris 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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    Frank Norris æ 1 READ FREE DOWNLOAD Ý FOOTHILLFLYINGCLUB.CO æ Frank Norris READ & DOWNLOAD 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 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 t

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    E–pub/E–book (The Octopus A Story of California) 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 Chi

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    E–pub/E–book (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 taskmaster

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    E–pub/E–book (The Octopus A Story of California) The railroad is bad Especially in the 1880s It is the destroyer of souls the devil's most exuisite instrument of

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    FREE DOWNLOAD Ý FOOTHILLFLYINGCLUB.CO æ Frank Norris E–pub/E–book (The Octopus A Story of California) Frank Norris æ 1 READ 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 Octopus delves into the lives of the Northern California farmers whose lives are held in the bala

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  • 08 November 2020
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