- Paperback: 430 pages
- Publisher: AmazonClassics (August 22, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1542049067
- ISBN-13: 978-1542049061
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,252 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Jungle (AmazonClassics Edition) Paperback – August 22, 2017
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About the Author
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, to an impoverished family, Upton Sinclair (1878–1968) was a journalist, editor, political activist, politician, and Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist. At the age of fourteen he enrolled at the City College of New York where, to pay for his education, he began his writing career. It was also during his college years that Sinclair discovered, and embraced, the philosophy that would inform his work, his life, and his political career as a formidable and progressive member of the Democratic Party during the Great Depression. But it was for his novel The Jungle—an unsparing indictment of the meatpacking industry—that Sinclair gained national prominence as one of the most influential muckrakers of the twentieth century.
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This novel, written at the end of the gilded-age, shows the great divide created by unregulated capitalism, showing how workers and consumers can end up bearing the heavy burden, the real cost, of maintaining the lifestyles of the rich and powerful, how the American dream of working hard to succeed does not work when the cards are stacked against you.
Funny how some of these same problems are with us again. How easy it is to assume the free market can regulate itself, after generations of living in a regulated market. People seem to forget the first principle of business is to make a profit.
The ending was a weak point by today's standards. There was hope that socialism would address all the flaws of social inequity. Obviously, that never happened, though political changes were enacted to address some of the inequities. Socialism was a dream never realized and I'm not sure I'd want the author's final solution. It reminded me of Ayn Rand, escaping from Communism and seeing Capitalism as the ultimate system of perfection. The grass is always greener . . .
The theories of government never translate into practice with the lofty ideals or ethics of the philosophers who write about a perfect society. I doubt there is any system (including capitalism) that would be successful if not tempered to address the ways humans devise to scam the system.
What I found most interesting is the nation's current drift into a second gilded-age. It makes this a frightening powerful novel, a modern-day warning. I wish it was required reading.
You will be shocked by so many atrocities and it will be difficult not to feel empathy for the characters, who destroy themselves in the name of Capitalism. Time and again the protagonist is put through trials that would cause you or I to curl up and die! It's a very dark book with a very good message and I recommend it to all!
P.S. I haven't read the other reviews, but I'm willing to bet that many of them will warn of the slaughterhouse scenes, which made me REALLY happy to be a vegetarian!
Definitely not worth the extra price! We thought we were getting a classic reprint but we got a weird mishmash of chapters. Very odd.
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