By Frank Norris
Just like the tentacles of an octopus, the tracks of the railroad reached out throughout California, as though to know every thing of price within the nation according to a precise, bloody dispute among wheat farmers and the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1880, The Octopus is a beautiful novel of the waning days of the frontier West. To the tough-minded and self-reliant farmers, the monopolistic, land-grabbing railroad represented every little thing they despised: consolidation, association, conformity. yet Norris idealizes not anyone during this epic depiction of the risky state of affairs, for the farmers themselves ruthlessly exploited the land, and of their starvation for higher holdings they resorted to a similar strategies utilized by the railroad: subversion, coercion and outright violence. In his creation, Kevin Starr discusses Norris's debt to Zola for the novel's awesome sweep, scale and abundance of characters and info.
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