Top positive review
At the very least, you can appreciate the place labour unions in society
on 3 July 2015
This book caused such a sensation when it was first published at the turn of the 20th century, that it actually sparked legislation from the White House. In short, immigrants arriving from the US are optimistic about the land of opportunity, only to discover that it's full of corruption, degradation, and heartache. Once they start down a certain road, there seems to be very little escape from it -- either death, degradation, or corruption, it seems. The only reason not five stars is because a) Jurgis, the main character, does occasionally bring his bad fortune upon himself, and b) the last chapter or so is a polemic about the promise of Communism as a fix-all. Very interesting about the latter from this side of history, and perhaps helps us understand why extreme socialism would seem an ideal solution to people in that position, but the book just stops with a kind of Communist manifesto and no real resolution.