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Published privately by Sinclair in 1906 after commercial publishers rejected the manuscript. The Jungle was a shocking revelation of harmful labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards. It quickly became a best-seller, arousing public sentiment and resulting in such Federal legislation as the Pure Food and Drug Act. The novel is brutally grim story of a Slavic immigrant family that migrates to America full of optimism but soon begins an inexorable descent into numbing poverty, moral degradation, and despair. Required reading in many history and literature classes - this fiercely realistic American classic will haunt readers long after they've finished reading it.
This is a powerful book that makes no bones about being a polemic against uncontrolled capitalism. Sinclair manages to include every fact and rumour he has heard about the evils of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Davidm
I am quite amused when I read the personal reviews of this book by people who struggle with whether or not Upton Sinclair was truthful or not about the conditions in the Chicago... Read morePublished on March 20 2012 by Ronald W. Maron
I got this audiobook to listen to in the car after listening to "Oil!" and was very excited to get into it, but, the man reading drove me crazy. Read morePublished on March 28 2011 by E. Hall
This novel has so many meanings...Not only is it the story of a man that goes to America in search of a better life- it's the harsh critique of the reality of the American society. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Maria E. More
This is one of the best books of the 20th century. Read it. You will enjoy it. !Published on May 20 2004 by John Doe
Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is the most shocking piece of literature that I have ever read. This almost compares with literature I have read about the Holocaust death camps,... Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Trudy Schneider
This book is a wonderful look into the lives of an immigrant family in the early 1900's. Upton Sinclair was assigned to do an expose on the meatpacking industry in Chicago. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004
The Jungle was a powerful tale about an immigrating family with high hopes and dreams that come crashing down on them. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003 by firstname.lastname@example.org