Publisher Description

The Jungle is a 1906 novel written by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair (1878–1968).[1] Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago and similar industrialized cities. Many readers were most concerned with his exposure of health violations and unsanitary practices in the American meatpacking industry during the early 20th century, based on an investigation he did for a socialist newspaper.

Fiction & Literature
January 1
Public Domain
Public Domain

Customer Reviews

Keora_O ,

It was good

The novel was very interesting in terms of plot but it was also written very much like a textbook. It was hard to understand without rereading parts or without the audiobook.

chepotle831 ,

Lithuanian Family During the Industrial Age

This novel is a must read. I missed out by not reading all of it in my high school days but I am sure glad I went back to read it. The main character goes through a series of trials. Jurgis learns from death, obstacles, life and politics. I do not want to go into full detail about the story but Upton Sinclair is a brave soul for exposing the meat packing industry along with several other subjects.

Wouldyourather? ,

Ode to Socialism

Over-dramatized, narrow minded, full of exaggeration. It’s a ride of sorrow and woe for a fictitious immigrant family, where everything goes wrong. The last few chapters are wholly disconnected from the story as he lays out his naive arguments on what he calls socialism. Meanwhile, he viciously attacks capitalism that has been the motor behind so much wealth, industry, and technological advancement in the world. Want to know why he’s wrong? Check out Atlas Shrugged, written a couple generations after this yahoo’s ideas had actually been implemented.

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