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Oil! (1927)

by Upton Sinclair

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As he did so masterfully in The jungle, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Upton Sinclair interweaves social criticism with human tragedy to create an unforgettable portrait of Southern California's early oil industry. Enraged by the oil scandals of the Harding administration in the 1920s, Sinclair tells a gripping tale of avarice, corruption, and class warfare, featuring a cavalcade of characters, including senators, oil magnates, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist. Sinclair's glorious 1927 epic endures as one of our most powerful American novels of social injustice.… (more)
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Read it as though Sinclair was ambivalent to Communism and you get a nuanced look at a naïf; Dad becomes the tragic hero. ( )
  st3t | Aug 3, 2020 |
on line library archive org. long riveting read about the start up of US oil industry at turn of 20 century. Moving depictions and explanations of social injustice, freedoms surpassed, labour activists, and the sicknesses of capitalism.
Last chapters described Bunny hero attempts to start a labour college - under canvas- based on freedom and research. good read
  MarilynKinnon | Jul 4, 2020 |
This book is so loooong! Which might not matter if Bunny ever turned into a reasonable, rounded person. But he remains cardboard. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Jul 30, 2019 |
This is not as good as The Jungle, but it is nevertheless a worthwhile read. He certainly exposes the political machinations of the leaders of the oil industry, with all its graft and bribery, and he clearly shows the tendency of capitalistic enterprises to exploit workers. Although the book shows support for socialism and unionism (collectivism), he does so in a restrained way, as if he saw not only the potential of collective bargaining for improving pay and working conditions, but also saw some of its weaknesses. He definitely showed the inherent dangers of infighting within the worker movements and how those problems made unions and organizing less effective than might have been possible. All in all a good book, albeit a little long. ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
I'm pretty sure that Sinclair was a human being but he doesn't seem to write with any human insight whatsoever. All of his characters are one-dimensional and boring shells of the petty ideals and characteristics the author is trying to elucidate. I have learned my lesson about wasting time with books by this author and I won't make that mistake again.

Upton Sinclair is the polar opposite of Ayn Rand (only he's a moderately better writer). Both try to push their extremist views into their literature (and I'm using the term loosely). No more will I waste time on Sinclair trite propoganda and third -rate novels! ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
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The road ran, smooth and flawless, precisely fourteen feet wide, the edges trimmed as if by shears, a ribbon of grey concrete, rolled out over the valley by a giant hand.
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They talked about their play, just as solemnly as if it had been work: tennis tournaments, golf tournaments, polo matches—all sorts of complicated ways of hitting a little ball about a field!
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This work was written by Upton Sinclair, not Sinclair Lewis.  If this is your copy, you might want to correct the author to have it associate correctly with the other copies of this work.  Thank you.
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