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The Octopus

Frank Norris

Frank Norris based his 1901 novel The Octopus (A Story of California) on the Mussel Slough Tragedy of 1880, a bloody conflict between ranchers and agents of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The central issue was over the ownership of the ranches, which the farmers had leased from the railroad nearly ten years earlier with intentions of eventually purchasing the land. Although originally priced at $2.50 to $5 per acre, the railroad eventually opened the land for sale at prices adjusted for land improvements; the railroad’s attempts to take possession of the land led the ranchers to defend themselves as depicted in the book. (Summary by Wikipedia and Delmar H. Dolbier)

Frank Norris based his 1901 novel The Octopus (A Story of California) on the Mussel Slough Tragedy of 1880, a bloody conflict between ranchers and agents of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The central issue was over the ownership of the ranches, which the farmers had leased from the railroad nearly ten years earlier with intentions of eventually purchasing the land. Although originally priced at $2.50 to $5 per acre, the railroad eventually opened the land for sale at prices adjusted for land improvements; the railroad’s attempts to take possession of the land led the ranchers to defend themselves as depicted in the book. (Summary by Wikipedia and Delmar H. Dolbier)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Frank Norris based his 1901 novel The Octopus (A Story of California) on the Mussel Slough Tragedy of 1880, a bloody conflict between ranchers and agents of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The central issue was over the ownership of the ranches, which the farmers had leased from the railroad nearly ten years earlier with intentions of eventually purchasing the land. Although originally priced at $2.50 to $5 per acre, the railroad eventually opened the land for sale at prices adjusted for land improvements; the railroad’s attempts to take possession of the land led the ranchers to defend themselves as depicted in the book. (Summary by Wikipedia and Delmar H. Dolbier)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

21h 45m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

27:47


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

31:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

26:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

22:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

21:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

25:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

27:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

23:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

21:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

19:57


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

19:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

22:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

27:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

21:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

21:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

23:33


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

24:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

18:41


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

19:29


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

19:55


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

20:39


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

19:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

19:18


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

17:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

18:18


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

20:08


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

16:26


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

18:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

17:59


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

19:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

18:14


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

15:39


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

16:56


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

18:33


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

18:38


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

19:59


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

18:40


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

15:46


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

17:42


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

15:43


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

17:09


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

15:38


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

16:23


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

17:38


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

19:25


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

20:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

20:32


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

19:10


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

15:31


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

16:19


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

17:55


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

15:21


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

24:26


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

16:06


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

17:06


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

20:18


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

14:45


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

10:42