The Pit: A Story Of Chicago (The Epic of the Wheat #2)
The subtitle of this novel is ‘A Story of Chicago’ and it is a ...more
The Trilogy of The Epic of the Wheat includes the following novels:
THE OCTOPUS, a Story of California.
THE PIT, a Story of Chicago.
THE WOLF, a Story of Europe.
These novels, while forming a series, will be in no way connected with each other save only in their relation to (1) the production, (2) the distribution, (3) the consumption of American wheat. When complete, they will form the story of a crop of whea ...more
Frank Norris is such a compelling writer. This book was released in 1902, yet a remarkably small amount of the language is dated, and the message is as timely as ever. The crux of the story is on speculation in the wheat market in Chicago, but wheat could really be any commodity. Anyone who tried to make it big in the recent housing-boom-gone-bust will recognize a lot of attitudes here. I would love to know what Mr. Norris would ...more
It's not an impressive novel. The two protagonists, Laura and Curtis Jadwin, seem to have high-functioning schizophrenia over the course of the novel, because the novel seems to lack an identity. Norris was probably torn between being more sci ...more
"The Pit" is the second saga in Norris' unfinished "Trilogy of The Epic of the Wheat." The cycle begins with "The Octopus," an otherwise unrelated novel that covers disputes between wheat growers and a railway trust in California. (Norris died before he started the third book, which was to cover wheat as brea ...more
Furthermore, I liked the 'moral' of the story and thought that the author proved very well the everlasting truth, "All is meaningless under the sun..." without having to come right out and say it.
I found the main character of the book Laura Jadwin nee Dearborn at times endearing, at times disgusting ...more
Though written in 1903, I would consider this a "modern" novel. Superficially it is a story about obsession—obsession with acquiring wealth and power through investing in grain futures on the Chicago Grain Exchange, known as The Pit. But beneath the surface it is a story about love, and what love means to the central characters in the story. It goes into...more
Laura has moved to the center of the universe (known as Chicago) to lead a charmed life. She's got servants. Anybody who has servants has a charmed life in my opinion. Anyway, in between all the parties and operas and such, Laura has three men courting her. Decisions, decisions. Who will Laura pick? The rich guy, obviously, as Laura ...more
Blah blah short sales. Blah blah margin calls. Once again I have no idea why I get into this shit.
Do you want to know why we have regulation? This is why we have regulation.
Contains 0% Octopus.