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The Third Circle

Frank Norris

Book Overview: 

Sixteen short stories by the American novelist Benjamin Frank Norris Jr who wrote predominantly in the naturalist genre. He lived and worked in San Francisco. His writing has been compared to Emile Zola, Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser, and Edith Wharton. His writings sometimes contain an anti-Semitic element. - Summary by Wikipedia

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ck in hand, capped and clothed for a long sea voyage. The "Mary Baker's" boat was not yet come ashore, but the beauty lay out there in the stream, flirting with a bustling tug that circled about her, coughing uneasily at intervals. Idle sailormen, 'longshoremen and stevedores sat upon the stringpiece of the wharf, chewing slivers and spitting reflectively into the water. Across the intervening stretch of bay came the noises from the "Mary Baker's" decks—noises that were small and distinct, as if heard through a telephone, the rattle of blocks, the straining of a windlass, the bos'n's whistle, and once the noise of sawing. A white cruiser sat solidly in the waves over by Alcatraz, and while I took note of her the flag was suddenly broken out and I heard the strains of the ship's band. The morning was fine. Tamalpais climbed out of the water like a rousing lion. In a few hours we would be off on a voyage to the underside of the earth. There was a note of. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Excellent short stories.