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The Octopus: A California Story Paperback – October 25, 2013
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The Octopus deserves the designation of Great American Novel not only for its exceptional literary merit, but also because it deals with issues that are quintessentially American--a person's right to own land, the right to derive a living from that land, and conversely, the right to pursue great wealth, even at the expense of others. The scope of the novel encompasses the realms of business, agriculture, the press, the arts, politics, and family. It celebrates the beauty of nature, the triumph of love, and the defiance of the human spirit.Read more ›
the railroad trust at the turn of the century. Together with Norris' "The Pit" it shows how the
great power of the moneyed interests affected the situation of the working classes. The
plot is worthy of five stars, but Norris, even more than in "The Pit", frequently digresses
into romantic and often even mystical reflections which can be difficult for the modern
reader. Still, it is worth the effort.
not just about the overwhelming power of
big Trusts before they were reigned in, but
the story of people in the San Joachim Valley.
The story line survives the killing off of most of the
main characters. In the end, the wheat wins.
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We didn't keep the book. My husband downloaded it but didn't read it.Published 16 days ago by T. Yoder
An excellent account, by a talented master of the English language, of the rape of Tulare County (California), its' wheat farmers and land lessees, by the Union Pacific and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joseph R. De Silva
Although widely considered a great work of the Progressive Era, Norris' book is hard to read and follows too many flights of fancy.Published 3 months ago by Roger Leaming
This book is for people who like history. However it displays a web full of emotions, tragedy, and sentiments that leave you breathless.Published 6 months ago by Alex Cortez
Slow starting book but very interesting social commentary of the times as well as some pretty good plot twists on top of that.Published 14 months ago by Shelby
Maybe a good example of turn of the century writing, but I couldn't get through it.Published 14 months ago by Mainegirl