By Upton Sinclair
A novel that has remained controversial since its writing, The Jungle is a brutal and unflinching look at the struggles of a turn-of-the-century immigrant family. The book is best remembered for its horrifying depiction of the meat-packing industry, but the book offers more than just those stomach-churning details. It is a heartbreaking view of life on the bottom of the industrial ladder, and a sensational warning against the worst abuses of industry run rampant.
Ok2By ItitititiNeeds more chains
Outstanding!4By Jig bahThis book describes the horrors of capitalism in vivid and descriptive details. It is quite an interesting read.
Almost classic4By Amber LockeThough it's transparent political agenda can be distracting, Sinclair's characterization,pathos, and social relevance makes "The Jungle" a quintessential novel. I hesitate to hail it a classic,however. It was a solid product of its time and I'd compare to "An Inconvenient Truth" or "Capitalism:A Love Story" in its biased view of free enterprise.If a little Socialist propaganda doesn't spoil your appetite, give it a read for the history and dramatic narrative.
A Politically and Emotionally Charged Book5By imstroceanFor those thinking of reading the novel, I would strongly encourage it. While some of the novel is about the meat-packing industry in the early 1900s, that is not the intended purpose of the book to portray. It truly gives an insightful view into capitalism vs. socialism, and the characters and story writing is unique to Sinclair's background. I would count this book as a definite classic! Although it's very long..
Fantastic Copy of a Classic5By AK1595Amazing. Downloaded along with an audio version off of iTunes U and finished in four days.