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The Cold Millions: A Novel de Jess Walter
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The Cold Millions: A Novel (edição: 2020)

de Jess Walter (Autor)

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"Orphans Gig and Rye Dolan don't have a penny to their names. The brothers work grueling, odd jobs each day just to secure a meal, and spend nights sleeping wherever they can with other day laborers. Twenty-three-year-old Gig is a passionate union man, fighting for fair pay and calling out the corrupt employers who exploit the working class. Eager to emulate his older brother, Rye follows suit, though he can't quite muster Gig's passion for the cause. But when Rye's turn on the soap box catches the eye of well-known activist and suffragette Elizabeth Gurley, he is swept into the world of labor activism-and dirty business. With his brother's life on the line, Rye must evade the barbaric police force, maneuver his way out of the clutches of a wealthy businessman-and figure out for himself what he truly stands for. The Cold Millions is a stunning portrait of class division and familial bonds. In this masterful historical take on the enduring saga of America's economic divide, Jess Walter delivers nothing less than another "literary miracle" (NPR)"--… (mais)
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Título:The Cold Millions: A Novel
Autores:Jess Walter (Autor)
Informação:Harper (2020), Edition: 1st, 352 pages
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The Cold Millions de Jess Walter

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Set in SpoRane and other parts of the Northwest, this is a rollicking historical novel filled with colorful characters. Rye, just turning 17, leaves the Midwest after all his family has died. He searches in Washington for his charming brother Gig, who is there attempting to find his fortune. The mines are thriving businesses as is the attempt to organize the workers into Unions. Gig becomes involved with the IWW which is the most radical and is arrested. Rye does everything he can to obtain release for his brother.

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (a real historical person) is only 19, is pregnant, but is totally fearless in her attempts to organize and energize the workers. Ursula the Great is a vaudeville singer who performs with a live cougar. Both of these women become important in the lives of the two brothers.

Cold hearted killers, a wealthy businessman, and an old Indian are also important players in this interesting novel set in an area not usually the topic of historical fiction. A good read! ( )
  maryreinert | Mar 30, 2021 |
In the early 20th century the Pacific Northwest was booming, driven by the railroads and lumber. People flocked to the area in hopes of prosperity. Some became wealthy, but most were lucky to eke out a living while subjected to poor labor conditions. Things eventually came to a head with attempts to organize under the International Workers of the World.

The Cold Millions tells this story through events that took place in Spokane, Washington in 1909. Ryan “Rye” Dolan leaves home at 16 to join his brother Gig, who has established himself as an eloquent speaker for the labor movement. The movement attracts support from national figures like Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, who went on to found the ACLU. The brothers are soon taking part in a protest. The police come down hard, partly out of vengeance for the recent murder of an officer, and Gig lands in prison. Elizabeth enlists a reluctant Rye in her cause, and at the same time Rye tries to curry favor with a wealthy businessman in hopes of securing Gig’s release. He finds himself caught up in a complicated web of corruption, and struggles to determine whom he can trust. He loses some of his idealism and begins to question whether Elizabeth’s efforts will be successful, as well as his role in the unionization campaign.

This novel was chock full of surprising plot twists and memorable characters, with a denouement that neatly tied up the loose ends and an afterword describing the author’s research process and delineating fact from fiction. I enjoyed this and it piqued my interest in learning more about the history of this time and place. ( )
  lauralkeet | Mar 21, 2021 |
Walter's stuff, besides being exciting, realistic, hilarious, researched to a T and tender, is above all useful. Like my friend said back to me, with the benefit of time, he's better than Steinbeck. Give this book to anyone who won't dive into your anarchy/IWW/labor books, this is the perfect front door. Better than In Dubious Battle, characters of state-of-the-art depth and compassionate portrayal, excellent all around. ( )
  EugenioNegro | Mar 17, 2021 |
Interesting characters but at times I found the story line dragging. Epilogue made the book for me.
( I did love Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins) ( )
  carolfoisset | Mar 14, 2021 |
Spokane, Washington in 1909, a town that is flourishing but the lines are drawn between rich and poor. The Dolan bothers are itinerant orphans, scaping a living where they can. Rye is only sixteen and longs for security, a job and a home, Gig is older and fuelled by a passion for justice. When the authorities in Spokane decide to clamp down on the unions Rye and Gig are in the middle and their lives will be completely altered.
I found this book absolutely wonderful, a fictionalised account of lives in a tough time but with real-life characters woven in as well. The plot is complex and involves several narrators but is relatively straight to follow and the emotions are beautifully imagined. This is a story about the American Dream and the difficult way that some achieve it and many don't. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Mar 5, 2021 |
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"Orphans Gig and Rye Dolan don't have a penny to their names. The brothers work grueling, odd jobs each day just to secure a meal, and spend nights sleeping wherever they can with other day laborers. Twenty-three-year-old Gig is a passionate union man, fighting for fair pay and calling out the corrupt employers who exploit the working class. Eager to emulate his older brother, Rye follows suit, though he can't quite muster Gig's passion for the cause. But when Rye's turn on the soap box catches the eye of well-known activist and suffragette Elizabeth Gurley, he is swept into the world of labor activism-and dirty business. With his brother's life on the line, Rye must evade the barbaric police force, maneuver his way out of the clutches of a wealthy businessman-and figure out for himself what he truly stands for. The Cold Millions is a stunning portrait of class division and familial bonds. In this masterful historical take on the enduring saga of America's economic divide, Jess Walter delivers nothing less than another "literary miracle" (NPR)"--

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