The octopus: a story of California

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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.
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subject_facet Allegories, California -- Fiction, Didactic fiction, Electronic books, Farmers -- California -- San Joaquin Valley -- Fiction, Farmers -- Fiction, Mussel Slough Tragedy, 1880 -- Fiction, Railroad stories, Railroad stories -- California, San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) -- Fiction, Western stories, Wheat -- California -- San Joaquin Valley -- Fiction, Wheat farmers -- Fiction
title_display The octopus : a story of California
title_full The octopus : a story of California / Frank Norris ; with an introduction by Kevin Starr, The octopus; : a story of California [electronic resource] Norris, Frank, 1870-1902., The octopus; a story of California / by Frank Norris, The octopus; a story of California Norris, Frank, 1870-1902.
title_short The octopus :
title_sub a story of California
topic_facet Electronic books, Farmers, Mussel Slough Tragedy, 1880, Railroad stories, Wheat, Wheat farmers