- Series: Bantam Classics
- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Classics; 1 edition (October 1, 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553212451
- ISBN-13: 978-0553212457
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,546 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Jungle (Bantam Classics) 1st Edition
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Originally published in 1991 as part of a short-lived revival of the Classics Illustrated line, this adaptation of Sinclair's muckraking socialist novel succeeds because of its powerful images. When Kuper initially drew it, he was already a well-known left-wing comics artist. His unenviable task is condensing a 400-page novel into a mere 48 pages, and, inevitably, much of the narrative drama is lost. Kuper replaces it, however, with unmatched pictorial drama. The story follows Lithuanian immigrant Jurgis Rudkis and his family as they are eaten up and spit out by capitalism (represented by Chicago's packing houses). Kuper uses an innovative full-color stencil technique with the immediacy of graffiti to give Sinclair's story new life. When Jurgis is jailed for beating the rich rapist Connor, a series of panels suffused with a dull, red glow draw readers closer and closer to Jurgis's face, until they see that the glint in his eye is fire. Jurgis, briefly prosperous as a strong-arm man for the Democratic machine, smokes a cigar; the smoke forms an image of his dead son and evicted family. Perhaps most visually dazzling is the cubist riot as strikers battle police amid escaping cattle. Kuper infuses this 1906 novel with the energy of 1980s-era street art and with his own profoundly original graphic innovation, making it a classic in its own right.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 10 Up–In 1906, Sinclair published The Jungle, a realistic and scathing portrayal of the life of an immigrant worker. Kuper's revised adaptation focuses solely on its hero, Jurgis Rudkus. Readers follow him from his emigration from Lithuania to downtown Chicago, eager to find the American Dream he's heard so much about. But the harsh world of Chi-town quickly shatters his hopes; forced to take a job at a slaughterhouse, he performs the most menial and vile tasks. An injury pushes him to unemployment and, unable to provide for them, he leaves his family in shame. Rudkus transforms from a starry-eyed dreamer into a cynical but valiant man who fights for workers' rights. Kuper's artwork effectively mimics some of the major art movements of the day. The book opens in a Chagall-inflected form of cubism, lending a folksy, dreamy, and hopeful quality to the early pages. Then, the visuals become increasingly jagged and frenetic until they reach the Futurist-inspired panels that illustrate the story's climax. Well-plotted and beautifully illustrated, Kuper's adaptation breathes new life into this classic American story.–Matthew L. Moffett, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It's hard to add praise to a man and his works that have stood the test of time, but having, more or less, grown up with Mowgli, it is hard not to be sad as the "hairless one" sobs in the final scenes of The Spring Running. There, in this conclusion, are flickers of J.M. Barrie's 'Peter Pan', and the oftentimes sadness that goes with growing up.
The biggest reason this may never have been made into a movie is that the story would only truly fit the horror genre - and the monsters all clothed as humans...
Every word of this book contains an imperceptible component of morality at the end the reader will have a detailed and clear idea about the rule of the laws in the jungle.
In other words the antithesis of this book is the anarchy made of abuses and injustices of all kinds whom are perpetrated by personages like Shere Khan.
I have been impressed by the moral tone of this fable and in particular the so called Kim's game which teaches on how to be a meticulous and critics player, if you prefer our children will be educated on how to read a book carefully.
Another fundamental teaching for the development of a better and fair society is those of stressing on the fact that everybody has a purpose, for instance Mowgli being human is the only creature in the jungle that does not fear fire, a fundamental skill for the capture of Shere Khan.
In my opinion the most "educative" personages are: Mowgli, Akela, Bagheera, Baloo, Shere Khan, Kaa, Father Wolf
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