The Octopus by Frank Norris audiobook

The Octopus: A Story of California

By Frank Norris
Read by John Lescault

Blackstone Publishing

The Epic of the Wheat Series: Book 1

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Like the tentacles of an octopus, the railroad in California reached out across the state, grasping everything of value in the state. Based on the bloody Mussel Slough Tragedy—a conflict between wheat farmers and the Southern Pacific Railroad—The Octopus is a stunning novel chronicling the twilight of the frontier West, a depiction of the tensions between the railroad, the ranchers, and the ranchers’ League. The book emphasizes the control of “forces”—such as the power of railroad monopolies—over individuals. No one was truly innocent, as the farmers employed the same if not similar tactics as the monopolistic railroad companies, such as subversion, coercion, and violence.

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Like the tentacles of an octopus, the railroad in California reached out across the state, grasping everything of value in the state. Based on the bloody Mussel Slough Tragedy—a conflict between wheat farmers and the Southern Pacific Railroad—The Octopus is a stunning novel chronicling the twilight of the frontier West, a depiction of the tensions between the railroad, the ranchers, and the ranchers’ League. The book emphasizes the control of “forces”—such as the power of railroad monopolies—over individuals. No one was truly innocent, as the farmers employed the same if not similar tactics as the monopolistic railroad companies, such as subversion, coercion, and violence.

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Author Bio: Frank Norris

Author Bio: Frank Norris

Frank Norris (1870–1902), American novelist, was born in Chicago. He first studied art but turned to journalism; while a reporter he was involved in the Jameson raid in South Africa. Influenced by Zola, he was one of the first American naturalist writers, his major novel being McTeague (1899).

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 21.54
Audience: Adult
Language: English