Is 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 ither simpering or overly noble the real protagonists are the men In Victorian fashion the descriptions wax louent 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 nd the tension slowly and has a great deal of angst However when the nd 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 prostitution All of this is the fault of the railroad or their own moral failingsThose moral failings are heavy handed 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 nd 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 The DASH Diet Action Plan 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 inxcitement 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 ScaleX.ai, Multi-Channel Sales Acceleration: Powered by Artificial Intelligence (Sales Hack Book 3) 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 ofvents 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 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 ve 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 Remember Me easy book to read thevents it is based upon are not happy ones The Octopus covers a period in California history where the railroads wielded an normous 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 nding And because Norris creates such a rich cast of characters and devotes many of the 600 pages to fully developing their families INSIDE COM experiences and personalities beyond the political story thending is The Joy of Laziness: Why Life Is Better Slower � and How to Get There even difficult to takeFrank Norris is not a spare writer He spends time settingach 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 the poet Presley Scenes are described in 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 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 vidence if any was needed that the loss to American letters that Norris s death at 32 was immenseThe imagination that Norri. Nd its domination The company controls the local paper the land the legislature and when the farmers organize to protect themselves ven manages to control their represen. The Octopus is mentioned several times in the last book
I Read The Inventor And The Tycoon Since I Was read The Inventor and the Tycoon Since I was 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 balance by the greedy railroad
The characters are well defined and sympathetic as they attempt to band together and rid themselves of the ድርሳነ ፖለቲካ - ፍልስፍናዊ እሳቤዎች evil doers trying to take their land and wrenchvery penny they can out of their business transactions Driven to desperation against Tigers are Better-Looking: With a selection from The Left Bank evil the farmers find that they must meet thevil halfway and perhaps perform tasks they never imagined doing 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 ven 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 g straight up racism religious sentimentality it s still a fascinating document of its time and intriguing artistic Las alas de la mariposa 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 Homericpithets something but they in fact are just plain corny and good occasions to skip a page The Octopus length and baggy The Carpet Makers 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 Tonjoy it it helps to be a little detached and intellectualizing to think of it as an artifact somewhat rather than Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster (Lean (O'Reilly)) expecting oneself to be Frank Norris target reader The railroad is bad Especially in the 1880s It is the destroyer of souls the devil s mostxuisite 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 How long must it go on How long must we suffer Where is the The Official Robosapien Hacker's Guide end what is thend 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 The Echo Killing epic of Wheat in California And I mean it an EPIC of WHEAT Injoyed 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 Tras la cordillera (Infiltrados, engaging because of the moral fall the fall from innocence that the railroads dealings forced upon the farmers This book reinforced most of my prexisting 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 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 Escolios a un texto implicito 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 atnd the railroad increased the price tenfold and then acted to force the farmers off the land The War by Other Means end result was the Mussel Slough Tragedy a shoot out that killed several men and made the surviving ranchers into local folk heroesNorris used thoselements 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 th. 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download The Octopus A Story of CaliforniaS videnced in his six book career is sharp He saw clearly the world around him and wasn t about to let the Great Unwashed fail to see it with his clarity His infelicities of style were
those that a longer career could have and probably would have beaten out of him Dreiser asidethat a longer career could have and probably would have beaten out of him Dreiser aside other American Realists improved their writing chops with time I see no reason to suspect Norris of Dreiser hoodBut no amount of writerly tyro hood can take away the astonishing storytelling ye the man had It s ntirely possible that we d have grown our own meellifluous Conrad right here in Murrika had medical science been Only A Little Advanced In 1902 A a little advanced in 1902 A cultural what might have been momentI d say this isn t a book to read and savored and committed to memory but rather a cultural artifact to be appreciated by those interested in the culture in uestion 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 arly 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 Wildfire 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 unlikelyver to be Notes of a Russian Sniper: Vassili Zaitsev and the Battle of Stalingrad effectively contained and remediated I was a freshman and had never before heard a teacher speak soffortlessly 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 The Facilitation of Groups especially liked because it seems misleading It is a word that does notffectively convey Ashtanga Yoga Practice Cards: The Primary Series 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 meansxploitation avarice and how people caught up in their inexorable grip are crushed by the the raw Once Upon a Pose exercise ofconomic 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 Para una vez que me abrazan 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 firemployees move jobs to other countries and strip remaining Death Before Wicket employees of basic benefits all the while paying top management salaries that balloonver higher into the stratosphere A new Octopus for a new age 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 Rm w/a Vu 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 thexpansion 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 Cammy X 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 anxample 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 xample 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. 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.