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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
Rating:****
Tags:American literature, Classics, 1001, English language

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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (1906)

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The Jungle follows the journey of a Lithuanian group's immigration to America and their attempts to survive in the poverty-stricken meatpacking district of Chicago. Their innocent ideals of what America is are shattered when they experience the brutal existence of factory workers in the 1900's, with unsafe working environments and bosses that will bleed you for all your worth and then toss you to the curb at the first sign of weakness. They face poverty, sickness, starvation, and the constant threat of being swindled by everyone they come into contact with.

This was a revolutionary book when it was released. It exposed the deplorable state of the Chicago meatpacking industry and shed light on the trials of poor immigrants to the United States. Though the book was highly criticized by...well, the people that were criticized in the book, it was potentially a direct result of this book that many food safety and worker protection laws were passed.

I will admit the book doesn't go down well in the reading through. I would say about 250 pages or so were great, but it REALLY bogs down towards the end. It gets a bit too preachy and long-winded, and it felt like the author was pushing is own agenda a bit too hard. It's absolutely worth reading though, and I'm glad I finally decided to pick it up.

An interesting note, my edition had an introduction by Eric Schlosser, the author of Fast Food Nation. Ironically, if his book is any indication, there is still much progress to be made. ( )
  Ape | Jan 10, 2017 |
This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot.wordpress.leafmarks.com & Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge's Exalted Permission. Title: The Jungle Series: ----- Author: Upton Sinclair Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars Genre: Classic Pages: DNF Synopsis: A family and friends group from Europe come to the United States to earn their fortune. In the big city, working for the meat packers. And we the reader get to see 'everything'. My Thoughts: This was a brutal look at the working conditions back in the day. It was heart rending and painful to see people take advantage of each other and deceive each other, on so many levels. And that is why I couldn't finish this. It broke my heart and I couldn't complete this. Fantastic writing, engaging, like I was right there. Poignant but ultimately full of despair. " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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 |
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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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