“Practically alone among the American writers of his generation,” wrote Edmund Wilson, “[Sinclair] put to the American public the fundamental questions raised by capitalism in such a way that they could not escape them.” When it was first published ...
n it was first published in 1906, The Jungle exposed the inhumane conditions of Chicago’s stockyards and the laborer’s struggle against industry and “wage slavery.” It was an immediate bestseller and led to new regulations that forever changed workers’ rights and the meatpacking industry. A direct descendant of Dickens’s Hard Times, it remains the most influential workingman’s novel in American literature.
The first idea of this book was to expose the gritty cities and the meat packing industry of the period. Yet this book is also a warm, human tale of real human beings, beautifully written. It takes the reader through the pools of blood on the
..." cutting room floor to the smell of the house the poor immigrant family live in. Sinclair brought into focus the way that the American industrial complex was (is) unjust and corrupt.Continua...Nascondi
A crude description of the life of the working class in the US in times of the industrial revolution. Society, state, work, can be very well said to be a jungle, where cruelty takes place everyday and only the strongest survive
The Jungle is an amazing book. I simply couldn't put it down as each chapter left you waiting to see what would happen next. I suggest this book to everyone. Provides insight into the eternal battle between employers and employees.