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The Jungle (Barnes & Noble Classics) (original 1906; edition 2005)

by Upton Sinclair (Author)

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A documentary novel portraying industry's conditions at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Sinclair's novel prompted public outrage which led President Theodore Roosevelt to demand an official investigation. This eventually led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug laws.
Title:The Jungle (Barnes & Noble Classics)
Authors:Upton Sinclair (Author)
Info:Barnes & Noble Classics (2005), Edition: Later Printing, 400 pages
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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (1906)

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A depressing classic about working class immigrants around the turn of the 20th Century, exploring the deplorable working and living conditions in the Stockyards section of Chicago. It's a bit over the top, as one would expect from a work from an activist. (It also reminded me of the melodrama of 19th Century novels I've read.) But any single episode recounted in the book should be enough to make one feel outrage. Even if it's not an enjoyable book, it's definitely worth reading for its historical value.
--J. ( )
  Hamburgerclan | Feb 10, 2020 |
i know it's a classic, but....listened to about an hour of this--it's not my kind of book. If it weren't so old, I'd turn it in for an audible.com refund. ( )
  buffalogr | Dec 4, 2019 |
So, the first thing you need to know is that if you’re reading this version in place of the original version that you’re supposed to be reading, you are missing some major plot points, including the horrific deaths of at least two major characters, some key conflicts and complications, as well as the ending chapters on socialism. That being said, I still really enjoyed this adaptation. It had enough of the original storyline to make it worthwhile and the artwork is just fantastic, but go into it understanding that it’s just a sliver of the original. ( )
  SandSing7 | Nov 30, 2019 |
Yep, pretty revolting. I can see why it made a difference in its day, that's for sure. ( )
  JBD1 | Oct 3, 2019 |
This book is widely considered a classic, and with good reason. Sinclair follows the fate of Jurgis and his extended Lithuanian family as they try to make a decent living in the Packingtown district of Chicago. They’re swindled in every sphere, and the innocent suffer the most. The book exposes the abysmal working conditions that the men in the meat-packing plants faced and the extent of the political corruption designed to keep businessmen happy and the general electorate downtrodden. It’s vividly written and feels relevant today, too, unfortunately.

I’m rating this a 3.5 because the content is a 4, but the book just kind of stops. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Jun 21, 2019 |
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Boomsma, GraaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dickstein, MorrisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kagie, RudieAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was four o'clock when the ceremony was over and the carriages began to arrive.
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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