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The Octopus:
A Story of California (Penguin Classic)

by Frank Norris

ISBN 0140390405 / 9780140390407 / 0-14-039040-5
Publisher Penguin Classics
Language English
Edition Softcover
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This is a turn-of-the-century epic of California wheat farmers struggling against the rapacity of the Pacific and Southwestern Railroad, which will stop at nothing to extend its domination. The company controls the local paper, the land, the legislature and, when the farmers organize to protect themselves, even manages to control their representative on the state rate-fixing commission. An unremitting tale of greed and betrayal, originally intended as one-third of Norris' never-completed "Epic of the Wheat" trilogy. [via]