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A Deal in Wheat and Other Stories

Frank Norris

Book Overview: 

This collection of Frank Norris' stories was published after his death in 1902. These stories range in topic from the machinations of the commodities market in Chicago in "A Deal in Wheat" to a desperate race for love in "The Riding of Felipe." "A Deal in Wheat" contains the kernel of Norris' last novel The Pit.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .At the door Lockwood met the doctor:


"He's all right; only a superficial wound. He'll recover. But you—how about you? All right? Well, that is a good hearing. You've had a lucky escape, my boy."

"I have had a lucky escape," shouted Lockwood. "You don't know just how lucky it was."


"Hey, youse!" shouted the car-boy. He brought his trundling, jolting, loose-jointed car to a halt by the face of the drift. "Hey, youse!" he shouted again.

Bunt shut off the Burly air-drill and nodded.

"Chaw," he remarked to me.

We clambered into the car, and, as the boy released the brake, rolled out into the main tunnel of the Big Dipple, and banged and bumped down the long incline that led to the mouth.

"Chaw" was dinner. It was one o'clock in the morning, and the men on the nig. . . Read More

Community Reviews


I had to read this twice to comprehend it. The broken up story confused me a bit at first but after dissection, I see that an interesting naturalist shirt story that follows a man and his journey from farmer to beggar to success.

To be honest, I was prepared to dislike this short story collection. I had read Norris' novels "The Octopus" and "McTeague" several years ago, and had been disappointed. But this collection drew me in with strong writing, well crafted plots, and unexpected conclusions that dripped with irony. The st

Some of the stories are quite dated but still Frank Norris manages to keep the feel of the period in the content, subjects of his stories. The best Norris book is still McTeague.

Jack London Lite

I like Norris' voice. He uses slang and jargon a bit, which lend verisimilitude. I really love that these are, to me, local stories. Because they were written so long ago they're kind of like historical fiction. Since my reviews are for my own reference, note there are good plot elem

2/5 Stars

This was an interesting one. The use of the bear and the bull to give meaning to the kind of cut throat nature that businesses and the economy can play in people’s lives was done really well. However, that was the only thing that interested me about it, and there wasn’t much there. I am jus

A short story of wheat dealers.

This one had a great lesson. What happens when greed and trickery happens. Great story

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