Just an FYI for anyone interested in reading along. Like the only other thread in this forum, I've wanted to read Frank Norris for a while now -- he's often included in lists of significant American naturalist writers, but I don't think I was ever asked to read anything by him in my schooling. So I'm amending that now. I purchased the Norton Critical McTeague and am staring to read it. If anyone wants to read along, that'd be great. If not, I'll come back to this thread and post my thoughts from time to time.
I'm about half way through reading McTeague. I'm on the fence on whether I like it or not, but plan to read it completely to the end. I'm looking for folks in Network who have read this novel and get your general impressions without spoiling the end too drastically. My interest is piqued that no one has had anything to say about any of Frank Norris's work and yet he is regarded as one of the early writers of naturalist American fiction. So I'll take anything in terms of a dialog on the topics of McTeague, Frank Norris, The Octopus (which I've read), or American naturalism in the early 20th century. Look forward to hearing from you.
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