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The Jungle
The Jungle
Author: Upton Sinclair
“Practically alone among the American writers of his generation,” wrote Edmund Wilson, “[Sinclair] put to the American public the fundamental questions raised by capitalism in such a way that they could not escape them.” When it was first published in 1906, The Jungle exposed the inhumane conditions of Chicago̵...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780451522108
ISBN-10: 0451522109
Publication Date: 11/1/1960
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Signet Classics
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 7
I read this book after reading Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. I had always thought this book was mainly about the meatpacking plants and how disgusting they were AND, while this was a part of the book and the plants are definitely disgusting, this book is much more than that. It follows an immigrant family from Lithuania as they try to make their way in America. Sinclaire really reels you in with his narrative and you can't help but feel for this family that quickly finds out that the American dream is not quite what they imagined.
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Helpful Score: 3
If you ever think your life is this book. It is a new insight on Chicago's history and the need for the development of the FDA. Fascinating read.
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Helpful Score: 2
Starts slow, but after awhile the grisly descriptions of the food industry in old America becomes powerful and gripping.
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The stockyards are long gone but the unsavory dark side of Chicago lives on. Chicago machine politicians recently elected to high offices in Washington confirm that beneath the glitz Chicago's the same town it was when Sinclair analyzed it.
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Helpful Score: 2
If I had been alive and able to read during (many could not then as now I suppose)this time I think I would have stopped eating meat. Thank goodness for the FDA now to regulate how our meat is processed! It breaks my heart reading how people lived during this time and how immigrants were treated, I just can't imagine the struggles nd sacrafices they had to make. Overall its a great book and I am glad I read it.
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This book was revolutionary in that it led to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act. A scorching expose of the cattle slaughter houses.
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I thought the book gave a very painful look into the bleak life of immigrants in Chicago in the early 1900s