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The Octopus: The Epic of Wheat v. 1 : A Story of California - Frank Norris

The Octopus: The Epic of Wheat v. 1

A Story of California

By: Frank Norris, Kevin Starr (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st August 1994
ISBN: 9780140187700
Number Of Pages: 688
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Like the tentacles of an octopus, the tracks of the railroad reached out across California, as if to grasp everything of value in the state Based on an actual, bloody dispute between wheat farmers and the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1880, The Octopus is a stunning novel of the waning days of the frontier West. To the tough-minded and self-reliant farmers, the monopolistic, land-grabbing railroad represented everything they despised: consolidation, organization, conformity. But Norris idealizes no one in this epic depiction of the volatile situation, for the farmers themselves ruthlessly exploited the land, and in their hunger for larger holdings they resorted to the same tactics used by the railroad: subversion, coercion and outright violence. In his introduction, Kevin Starr discusses Norris's debt to Zola for the novel's extraordinary sweep, scale and abundance of characters and details.

ISBN: 9780140187700
ISBN-10: 0140187707
Series: Epic of the Wheat
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 688
Published: 1st August 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 12.93  x 3.38
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition

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