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The Jungle [Hardcover]

Upton Sinclair , 1stworld Library
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2 Nov 2006 1421823586 978-1421823584
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  • Hardcover: 428 pages
  • Publisher: 1st World Library - Literary Society (2 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421823586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421823584
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 13.7 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,760,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When people ask me what has happened in my long lifetime I do not refer them to the newspaper files and to the authorities, but to [Sinclair s] novels. --George Bernard Shaw --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Upton Beall Sinclair Jr. (September 20, 1878 – November 25, 1968), was an American author and one-time candidate for governor of California who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres. He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle (1906). It exposed conditions in the U.S. meat packing industry, causing a public uproar that contributed in part to the passage a few months later of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act. Time magazine called him "a man with every gift except humor and silence." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars THE JUNGLE 18 Oct 2005
I had never heard of Upton Sinclair until I stumbled on this book in a charity shop. I found it rivettingly horrible with it's graphic descriptions of a slaughterhouse and the conditions of the meat packing industry in Chicago around 1910. The book goes off the boil later but it's still a great read and like all great books it ushered in change when Theodore Roosevelt read it. I immediately bought another book called OIL! but I didn't find this in the same class as The Jungle. Sinclair seems to carefully research the industry he is writing about and this is what makes the Jungle a great book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing compares to the uncensored orginal 15 Mar 2006
The first idea of this book was to expose the gritty cities and the meat packing industury of the period, so reading the censored version is just not good enough. this full uncensored text may make the reader want to throw up every once in a while but thats the point. This has to be personally my favorite book from my degree study and usually this would not even happen, what with being forced to read it and all the text just becomes blank. But this is not the case with the jungle. Its beautifully written and takes the reader through the pools of blood on the cutting room floor to the smell of the house the poor immagrant family live in. If you want a read of a book with brains, timelessness and quality then read this version. Nothing else will do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Uncensored Classic 13 Jan 2005
While "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair is rightly regarded as a classic, the edition published by Doubleday Page was not the original text as published. The book first appeared in its original form, complete but serialised in the "Appeal To Reason" magazine. This is the version in this book, published first in 1905. This book contains the parts which were censored from the Doubleday text and also has the original, different ending.
"The Jungle" is an expose of the meat processing industry in Chicago by interweaving a novel around the salient facts of working conditions which were brought to light in the Packingtown workers' strike of 1904. Along with a group of politically motivated investigative reporters (who were later labelled "muckrakers") Sinclair brought into focus the way that the American industrial complex was unjust and corrupt.
Yet this book is also a warm, human tale of real human beings, beautifully written. You feel their anguish, happiness, and hope. It is truly one of the classics of twentieth century literature....and this version puts it into its correct context.
Get this and you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping, horrifying novel 11 Oct 2009
By Sarah A. Brown VINE VOICE
I bought this book on the recommendation of a colleague, having only vaguely heard of it before. I found the opening section of the book, the account of Jurgis' wedding, just a little off putting as the reader is introduced to a bewilderingly large cast of characters in quick succession. However the novel soon becomes intensely absorbing as we follow the fortunes of Jurgis and his extended family as they strive to secure - and then keep - various gruelling, badly paid and often extremely dangerous jobs in Chicago's meat packing industry.

The book is highly polemical - very similar to Robert Tressell's `Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' in many ways - as it demonstrates the dangers of a laissez faire economy, tracing the journey of a hopeful, hard working and rather conservative group of people to despair, death, and prostitution. The hero, Jurgis, begins the story a starry eyed believer in the American Dream but is forced to realize that the system exploits the labour of the young and strong, and abandons the sick and the old.

The family's problems begin when they are swindled into buying a house by a developer who fails to reveal all the hidden charges and penalties - but this disaster seems trivial compared to what follows. Sinclair's cool and forensic exposition of the various horrific situations his characters find themselves in adds to the novel's power. 'The Jungle' is not for the squeamish, and Sinclair's accounts of the various disgusting practices of the meat industry are as gruesomely compelling as Orwell's stories of Paris restaurant kitchens.

As a modern reader in the West I found myself alternating between relief that things have changed for the better and realization that in some ways - and in some places - things aren't so very different
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Jungle 31 Mar 2010
This book is a MUST read for anyone who is interested in what is wrong with food processing.

It charts the lives of an immigrant family, who start off healthy and have money, they end up in Chicago, and the first year they are healthy, after a year of poor work conditions and adulterated food, things start to happen to them...

A very good read, and puts a lot of things in perspective.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laissez-faire exposed. 15 Mar 2005
There are without a doubt better novels than "The Jungle". A great novel was not Sinclair's aim however. His aim was to point out the vile conditions that existed among working Americans in the early twentieth century. Conditions that were so awful that a visit to some workers in New York a few years before this book came out began to change young Theodore Roosevelt from a conservative to a progressive. Along the way Sinclair shocked the American public with the filth they were buying as quality meat.
Sinclair heaps horror after horror on Jurgis and his family. Almost to the point of overkill but again this was ment to be a work that shocked America and like "Uncle Tom's Cabin" before it "The Jungle" painted a worse case picture. Unregulated capitalism was exposed as the beast it was and still to an extent is with words like, "there was no place in it where a man counted for anything against a dollar." Sinclair was not out to improve the quality of food but that is what this book is most credited with. His real intent was to promote Socialism and in that to some extent he failed. However fear of the radical change Sinclair was after prompted many progressive reforms. Better a little change than a revolution.
In short, if you are looking for a great novel look elsewhere. Still, one needs to read this book for a look at where unregulated laissez-faire capitalism leads. As the calls increase to do away with government involvement in the regulation of business this book becomes more and more something that every American should read. Greed is a powerful thing and this book shows just how far some people will go in the quest for money. Powerful at times and sometimes a little off course this work by Upton Sinclair should always serve as a reminder of what was and what might be again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars and a good writer can have such a good effect
Harrowing, pure and simple, and a good writer can have such a good effect. The realism of the narrative convinces us of the plight of immigrants, and underwrites hopelessness. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Hank
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jungle - historical account or socialist propoganda?
An incredible account of the appalling conditions suffered by thousands of migrant workers in the Chicago meat processing industry in 1900s Chicago, at times horrific, hilarious,... Read more
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Published 8 months ago by Jeremy Ho
5.0 out of 5 stars history again
this is a really good writer, being an interested journalist and a man of action. the book leaves a strange impression on the reader, I think, because it's at the same time... Read more
Published 13 months ago by tiza
4.0 out of 5 stars The pursuit of the American dream for meat in the 1890s
I found this modern classic in a charity shop (in a 1965 edition) and reading the back realised it was just my sort of book - imagining it an obscure unknown work yet later... Read more
Published 18 months ago by H. Tee
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jungle (American Library) Upton Sinclair
The delivery was very quick and have no complaints. The book is of good quolity. I still haven't read it, but it is waiting on my night table for its time to be openned as it is... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ausra
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware of text size
The information about the book says that this version is 448 pages. The one that I am just about to return is only 212 pages. Read more
Published 22 months ago by bp9
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and impressive, though descending into polemic.
Jurgis, a strong, simple man, brings his extended family from Lithuania to Chicago, in hope of a better life. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jason Mills
4.0 out of 5 stars Socialism gets in way of a good story
The story starts off like so many immigrant tales and there is a beautiful description of the workings of the meat packing industry which would probably not feel too wrong even... Read more
Published on 28 July 2012 by S. Zacharias
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiimeless Classic- a hidden Masterpiece !!
Given that this book was written over a 100 years ago and is widely regarded as a "literary classic" I guess that it should need no real introduction as to why you should pick it... Read more
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