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The Jungle (Dover Thrift Editions) (original 1906; edition 2001)

by Upton Sinclair

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Title:The Jungle (Dover Thrift Editions)
Authors:Upton Sinclair
Info:Dover Publications (2001), Paperback, 320 pages
Collections:Kindle, Your library
Tags:American literature, Classics, 1001, English language

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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (1906)

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I don't understand why this book is described as an examination of the meatpacking industry in the early days of the 20th century. Yes, it has graphic details of the slaughterhouses in Chicago, but this clearly is the story of the hard life of an immigrant family newly arrived in America and how the odds are stacked against them. ( )
  Tracy_Tomkowiak | Sep 14, 2016 |
This is a shocking story about the meat packing industry. The things that ended up in the meat. It was also hard to hear what the workers went through and how this family struggled just to survive. How their food was filled with nasty things, how people swindled them. It was a hard life back then for immigrants. Very good book to learn a little bit about America's history. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 11, 2016 |
"America was a place of which lovers and young people dreamed", 13 May 2013
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An expose of the horrific conditions that existed in Chicago's meat-packing industry at the turn of the century. The true awfulness of slaughtering animals in industrial quantities on the 'killing beds' (I am resolved to remain a vegetarian for the rest of my life!); the adulterated meat which unscrupulous company owners fix up and sell on; the dreaded fertilizer works ('few visitors ever saw them, and the few who did would come out looking like Dante, of whom the peasants declared that he had been in hell'); the pitiful conditions in which early immigrant communities lived; and the sheer criminality of life, where everyone is in someone else's pocket, and the police are in the pay of local businesses. The reader soon observes that just as "they use everything about the hog except the squeal", so too the industrialists get all they can out of their workers before they cast them off as worn out.

The reader follows a family of newly arrived Lithuanian immigrants, headed by Jurgis and his bride Ona. Jurgis sets out determined to succeed: 'Leave it to me. I will earn more money - I will work harder'. Whether they ever make it or go under forms the main part of the book.
I found this a gripping read - Sinclair really brings this world to life. It goes a bit off the boil at the end when Jurgis ( )
  starbox | Jul 9, 2016 |
Well, second time to read the book, June 2016, first time was July 2010. 1001 reference book states "this is not the first muckraking novel, but one of the most influential novels. It was used politically by Roosevelt to pass the Pure Food and Drug Act. It states that this book is based on real incidents in 1904 stockyard worker's strike. It is a manifesto for social change." In this book, the United States is not the place for the immigrant. It is the tale of Jurgis Rudkus, an immigrant from Lithuania. When you read this stuff, you have to wonder why anyone would leave their homeland. This is a story of one failed dream after another. The other presents socialism as the beacon of hope. Perhaps, this book was a wake up call to the democrats and republican parties. I don't know but according to this book, the socialist made great strides. Anyway, I still dislike this book. I hate that business was so awful to people and I know that is the very reason's unions and socialism had such surges as they did but I just hate that people would be so greedy. But mostly, I dislike this book because it is such a lot of preaching. The story of the man and his family, if told in true Dickensian fashion, would have made a great story. I listened to the audio the second time and it was read well and made a good alternative to reading it for a second time. ( )
  Kristelh | Jun 20, 2016 |
Review: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.

Sinclair was hoping to promote socialism and help the poor when he wrote this book. With his great writing and clear descriptions of unsanitary meat packing process among a factory of sawdust, poison rats, and dirty rain water all ground together with the meat it angered the public and led Congress to establish the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to inspect the nation’s food supply.

The story provides a searing description of life among poor immigrants and meat packing practices in the first decade of the 20th century. Sinclair also attacks the meat packers of Chicago, the great manufacturers, safety in the steel mills, corrupt politicians, the police, dishonest real estate developers and whoever else who maintained injustice to the Polish and Lithuanian immigrants. The book was slow paced in some areas but it was worth the read. The only fault I found was the last one hundred pages Sinclair uses a different style of political-socialist rhetoric which gave the story a complex ending.

It begins with Jurgis Rudkus who is a strong and hard working newcomer from Lithuania who struggles to make a home for his family and soon wears down by his exhausting labor in the city’s stockyards. One issue after another burdens his impoverished family, and he only responds that he will work harder. Jurgis‘s family eventually splits up because of the hardships they faced in a cold-hearted city where many immigrants worked long hours for poverty wages. Jurgis lost his wife, a son, a mother-in-law and a sister and he himself left the Chicago area and traveled around as a transient for a year and then circling back to Chicago to find his mother-in-law working in a brothel while trying to help support his sister who lived across town with her children in the slums of Chicago…..

While reading I was interested and followed this family to the end. The family quickly learns that the United States is not the great Promised Land they believed it to be. I followed the situations Jurgis and his family were forced to live, and the way they fought to support themselves. The descriptions of the meat packing factories were horrible and the description of the type of meat and gross additives that was sent out to places to sell makes me wondering… what is in the food that I eat….

I will say the book made me sad but it was based on reality even though it was many years ago….

---This story was created as a Play on April 22, 1907 at The Fifth Avenue Theartre in NY. Producer, Mo Hayder Unknown performances.
---A silent B/W film was created May 25, 1914 by All Star Feature Film Corp. directed by George Irving and Jack Pratt. Margaret Mayo-1882-1951 was the writer and the actress.
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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It was four o'clock when the ceremony was over and the carriages began to arrive.
Into this wild-beast tangle these men had been born without their consent, they had taken part in it because they could not help it; that they were in gaol was no disgrace to them, for the game had never been fair, the dice were loaded.  They were swindlers and thieves of pennies and dimes, and they had been trapped and put out of the way by the swindlers and thieves of millions of dollars.
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In 1906, The Jungle was published and became an immediate success, selling more than 150,000 copies. A best seller overseas, it was published in 17 languages over the next few years. After President Theodore Roosevelt read Jungle, he ordered an investigation into the meat packing industry, and ultimately the passing of the Meat Inspection Act was a result of Sinclair’s book.
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Upton Sinclair's unflinching chronicle of crushing poverty and oppression set in Chicago in the early 1900s.


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Describes the conditions of the Chicago stockyards through the eyes of a young immigrant struggling in America.

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