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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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After Ryan’s mother died, the sixteen year old headed to Spokane to meet up with his older brother, Gig.

In 1909 Spokane was a booming town, looking to be the future of Washington state. It hoped to be even bigger than Seattle, as Spokane had the surrounding mines and lumber as well as the river.

Ryan arrived just prior to the free speech riots of 1909. His brother was active in the labor movement. When Ryan joined him, both brothers were jailed for speaking out during the protests. Ryan, being only 16, was freed from prison after being helped by real-life 19 year old pregnant Ellen Gurley Flynn who called herself an advocate for ‘the cold millions’ - the poor who were working in unsafe conditions for very small wages.

It’s a well told story of billionaires pulling the strings and the connected police corruption and brutality. The complex characters exhibit shades of grey in their motives and actions.

Although I have lived in this area most of life, I enjoyed learning history that I had not heard before – including that of the Montana ghost town of Taft, ‘the wickedest city in America’. I have passed its sign many times going over the hill from Spokane to Missoula, but had no idea of its past.

I’ll look for more by this author. ( )
  streamsong | Nov 8, 2021 |
I enjoyed this book a lot. The setting is Spokane in the early 1900s, and the plot revolves around the efforts of the IWW to gain traction in the face of powerful mining companies, the police, corrupt courts, etc. The main characters are two brothers, both drifters, who get caught up in events. They are bolstered by other characters, all well drawn and interesting, plus a few real people - notably Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, a labor activist and feminist. The book moves along easily, and I liked the way Walter employed different voices to tell the story. ( )
  meredk | Nov 7, 2021 |
The Cold Millions is the story of two tramp brothers, Gig and Rye, who speak out against the work practices of the wealthy mine owners in Spokane, WA. When a cop is killed, the police come down hard on the protestors. Elizabeth Gurley Flynn speaks on behalf of the workers. Lem Bland is the mine owner and manipulator of many of the players.
The story takes place primarily in 1909 and 1910, with the epilogue in 1964.
This novel details the struggles for workers rights, and the dirty tactics that the owners took to quiet the uprisings. The love between Gig and Rye was so strong, the brothers sacrificed so much for each other, it was very touching. While much of the novel was difficult, I felt there was some redemption in the end. ( )
  rmarcin | Oct 15, 2021 |
"In Rockford, Jules told Rye the story of these two places, the Horse Slaughter Camp on the east end of town and Hangman Creek to the southwest. He called them Père Blanc et Mère Blanche, and even though it was French, Rye didn't need a translation: In a city named for the people driven from it, everything called civilization was born of these two parents."

I want to write more later, but this paragraph struck home to me as I live in a subdivision on China Creek in Newcastle, WA which used to be a mining town in the 19th century. The creek was named for the Chinese laborers that were forced out of company-owned buildings and had to build their own camp down by the creek. You scratch the surface of any American town and you might find some unpleasant history there.

The plot of this story--free speech, labor, the homeless, millionaires/billionaires, police brutality, anarchists... set in 1909 has so much to say about the time we are in now. That and a Carnegie library and the novel War and Peace also make an appearance make this one of my favorite reads this year. ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
This is a very well researched piece of historical fiction written with a lot of thought and heart. Two brothers, the last remaining of their family, are scrabbling to live in the Northwest. Gig, the older brother, loves literature, alcohol, and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW...Wobblies). Rye, barely 17, is just trying to keep his head above water and get on in the world.
Set in Spokane from 1909 - 1911, when exploitive employment agencies were in cahoots with the wealthy mine owners as the only means for a man to find work. The city authorities impose a ban on free speech to prevent the labor movement from gaining a foothold in the city. And the Free Speech fights ensued.
Though mostly fiction, the author draws on actual events and people involved in the Labor Movement of that time, with Elizabeth Gurley Flynn playing a central role.
Though there is some brutality, the book poses philosophical questions about what it means to be involved in causes larger than oneself. And provides differing perspectives from some of the key characters in the novel. ( )
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Irresistible hobo brothers, an evil tycoon, a pregnant union organizer, a burlesque star, and a shady private eye light up a tale of the great Northwest in the early 20th century...This tour de force is testimony to Walter's protean storytelling power and astounding ability to set a scene, any scene."
adicionado por streamsong | editarKirkus Reivews
 
Spokane in 1909 might not sound riveting—but when brothers Gig and Rye arrive from Montana, they land in a town teeming with interesting characters. Add in Jess Walters’ prodigious talent as an author who can weave a damn good story, and you’ve got one of the most accomplished and readable novels of the year.
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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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