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The Jungle (Dover Thrift Editions) (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
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Tags:American literature, Classics, 1001, English language

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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

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There is nothing worse than getting through an entire book to suddenly find the character have an epiphany that is like "And then she found Jesus, and all her problems were solved." For this book, replace Jesus with the Socialist party.

The basic outline is this: Interesting first chapter, misfortune, misfortune, misfortune, hope?, worse misfortune, hope?, worse misfortune, misfortune, and then 35 pages of sudden political propaganda...

The characterization was good, so I was really hoping to enjoy this story. I cared for the characters and felt that they were real. Yet the structure of the plot is so repetitive and predictable that it easily slid into the ridiculous. It's as if Sinclair asked himself how bad could he possibly make the lives of the main characters before he lost his audience, and then tried to tip-toe over the line anyways.

I was considering giving this novel a three, until I got to the last thirty pages, which is so drawn out and unnecessarily preachy that I had to push myself to finish this book. I only made it because I had to write a paper regarding the ending specifically. I felt as if my intelligence was insulted by this ending.

It's an okay read, worth it only for the historical details concerning the life of the laborer, and the grossness of the meat-packing industry. But consider yourself warned. ( )
  sighedtosleep | Sep 1, 2014 |
Great book that led to all sort of reforms in the processing of meat. It took awhile after finishing this novel (it's "real" fiction) to return to my love for meat. The depictions are graphic as are the lives of the poor immigrants who work in the slaughter houses and meat packing plants until they have an "accident" (losing appendages is a work hazard - no worker's comp. then!) and can no longer work. The whole industry is taken to task for the conditions. Pretty disgusting, but it shows how greed run rampant can run and ruin an industry until government intervenes. And usually I'm against government interference but there are times and conditions that demand it for the sake of the majority. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
This one might make you sick - from head to toe. Not only are the stories agonizing, but the descriptions of the meat-packing industry might make you want to vomit. Read it alongside Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser if you're trying to compare just how far (very little it seems) our food industry has come in the last 100+ years. ( )
  HeatherCHoffman | Feb 11, 2014 |
This is a download of an epub Gutenberg Project book. I haven't read this for many years because it simply drips despair. The first try, in high school, was a failure. The next try, I managed to get through but purged almost all memory of the contents because they depressed me so badly. This time? I made it through the opening wedding scene but had to put the book down as I felt that malaise creeping over me.
  kwkslvr | Oct 30, 2013 |
Intense. Had to have a drink on hand whenever reading this to stomach the misery and greed. A Lithuanian family, hoping for a life less oppressed, immigrates to America and finds their way to Chicago's stockyards at the turn of the last century only to be cruelly tricked into indentured servitude in the meat packing industry. Their daily struggle to counter starvation, sickness, exhaustion, and homelessness is heartrending. The reader experiences the foul and brutal practices of the meat industry; the utter lack of a social safety net for anyone or basic infrastructure in the workingman's neighborhoods; the corruption of the industries, the city officials, and the political machine - and their collusion; the extensive world of crime, gambling, and prostitution (women habitually held hostage and doped); and the tenuous hope of relief through union organization and the socialist revolution. Sickening to think that these situations and conditions still exist in the world. Come the fuck on humanity. ( )
  dandelionroots | Aug 18, 2013 |
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It was four o'clock when the ceremony was over and the carriages began to arrive.
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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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