Oil!

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Penguin, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 560 pages
18 Reviews
There Will Be Blood wins a 2008 Golden Globes Award. Read about it here.

There Will Be Blood wins two 2008 Academy Awards. Read about it here.

Penguin Books is proud to now be the sole publisher of Oil!, the classic 1927 novel by Upton Sinclair. After writing The Jungle, his scathing indictment of the meatpacking industry, Sinclair turned his sights on the early days of the California oil industry in a highly entertaining story featuring a cavalcade of characters including senators, oil magnets, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist.

This lively and panoramic book, which was recently cited by David Denby in the New Yorker as being Sinclair’s “most readable” novel, is now the inspiration for the Paramount Vantage major motion picture, There Will Be Blood. It is the long-awaited film from Paul Thomas Anderson, one of the most admired filmmakers working today whose previous movies, Boogie Nights and Magnolia were both multiple Academy Award nominees. The movie stars Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York, My Left Foot) and Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine).

Paramount Vantage will be releasing the film in New York and Los Angeles on December 26, 2007 and go nationwide in January. This is the same company responsible for Babel and A Mighty Heart and the current releases, Into the Wild, Margot at the Wedding, and The Kite Runner.

As wars rage on in the oil region and as anxiety over natural resources rise, the subject of this book, which celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2007, is more timely than ever.

 

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Review: Oil!

User Review  - Duke Cullinan - Goodreads

Huge book that started nicely with a vivid portrayal of Southern California circa the 1920s. I especially enjoyed it for the parts focused on Long Beach (called Beach City in the novel). Somewhere ... Read full review

Review: Oil!

User Review  - Una - Goodreads

This book tore me in half. On one hand, like anyone who enjoyed the amazing film that it spawned , I immediately, within the first few pages, found myself engrossed in the flow of the book. The ... Read full review

Contents

The Ride
1
The Lease
23
The Drilling
51
The Ranch
80
The Revelation
108
The Wildcat
135
The Strike
165
The War
198
The Siren
291
The Monastery
316
The Star
344
The Vacation
377
The Killing
404
The Exposure
427
The Flight
454
The Penalty
479

The Victory
218
The University
239
The Rebel
265
The Dedication
500
The Honeymoon
518
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