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The Jungle (1906)

by Upton Sinclair

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Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is a novel portraying the corruption of the American meat industry in the early part of the twentieth century. The dismal living and working conditions and sense of hopelessness prevalent among the impoverished workers is compared to the corruption of the rich. Upton aimed to make such "wage slavery" issues center-stage in the minds of the American public. Despite already being serialized, it was rejected as a novel five times before being published in 1906, when it quickly became a bestseller.

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Well that was unexpected. A thorough political narrative that, for me, took an unexpected route. I found it somewhat frustrating and much wished for a sense of justice in the in, which, I suppose, is up to the reader to find. ( )
  LaPhenix | Jul 8, 2024 |
Functions as more of a political treatise of sorts rather than a straightforward narrative, which exposes the ill-treatment of low-wage workers, particularly cheated immigrants, in early 20th century America. Through the medium of a tragic fable, Sinclair strives to represent Capitalism at its worst, and with bitter and explicit detail, sheds light on the injustice and evils that would be potentially concealed by the untrained eye. He advocates the cause of Socialism in its place and he makes a remarkably convincing argument for the undecided.

Personally, I found the story itself too tedious and predictable, and the characters a bit cold and detached; too much of a cautionary tale to make for a pleasurable read (like Black Beauty or The Red Pony for people). Nonetheless, the book is well-written with a sense of poignancy, and the concepts are both significant and inspiring.
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  TheBooksofWrath | Apr 18, 2024 |
Very depressing. ( )
  lemontwist | Sep 4, 2023 |
As moving as I was told it'd be; a true classic in an unconventional way. ( )
  tnechodomu | Aug 21, 2023 |
It's been some time since I read this, and I don't recall any details but still have a positive feeling about the book. ( )
  mykl-s | Aug 13, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Upton Sinclairprimary authorall editionscalculated
Anshutz, Thomas PollockCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Boomsma, GraaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dickstein, MorrisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Downs, Robert B.Afterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kagie, RudieAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spiegel, MauraIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilck, OttoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the workingmen of America
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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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Classic Literature. Fiction. HTML:

Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is a novel portraying the corruption of the American meat industry in the early part of the twentieth century. The dismal living and working conditions and sense of hopelessness prevalent among the impoverished workers is compared to the corruption of the rich. Upton aimed to make such "wage slavery" issues center-stage in the minds of the American public. Despite already being serialized, it was rejected as a novel five times before being published in 1906, when it quickly became a bestseller.

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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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