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The Jungle: The Uncensored Original Edition (1906)

by Upton Sinclair

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The horrifying conditions in the meatpacking industry in the early 1900's are revealed through the experiences of immigrants as they try to make a living by working in the Chicago stockyards.

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This is one of a handful of books I've read multiple times. And not because of the fascinating, detailed descriptions of the slaughterhouse, but because of the story of Jurgis Rudkus, an immigrant, his wife, Ona, and their family living in Chicago. ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
This book makes me appreciate not living through those times. It's horrific all that they went through. They try and try and try and just end up more impoverished. This story is about an immigrant family moving to Chicago after the Industrial Revolution. Factories were where most found work. This is also the story of the infamous Chicago Meatpacking Industry. It's gross. The conditions are horrific. There were no laws to protect workers or assistance for the sick or injured. People died all the time. It was a grim existence. Families came to America to work for a better life and worked themselves to death literally in just a few short years or months. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |
Half a century before her time, Upton Sinclair entirely invalidates everything written by Ayn Rand. He perfectly illustrates why capitalism is like a jungle, in which the only way to survive is to be the most wicked and brutal, killing and swindling for moments of relief. It is a life in which no one is happy and everyone lives in fear and filth, living only by the misfortune of others. Political freedom is useless in a nation of wage slavery, and a government that does not exercise control over the economy is a government in name only. ( )
  celestialfarmer | Feb 1, 2021 |
This is one of those classics that should be read by every one that has even a small amount of political interest. At its heart, it is an illustration of the evils of capitalism and the virtues of socialism (from the author's point of view). ( )
  grandpahobo | Sep 26, 2019 |
The Jungle is a disturbing, yet gripping novel about the plight of immigrant workers in Chicago's meat packing plants in the early 1900's. It is not a "feel good" book however, so for those who like a happy ending (which I usually do), this may not be the book for you. It is an eye opening story about the trials endured by the poorest of the poor during this time in our country’s history, and you can't help being drawn to the characters of Ona and Jurgis. If you liked The Grapes of Wrath, you will likely enjoy this book, if you did not like The Grapes of Wrath I suggest forgoing The Jungle. ( )
  Amelia1989 | Jun 10, 2019 |
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