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The Jungle is a 1906 novel written by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair (1878–1968). Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago and similar industrialized cities. Many readers were most concerned with his exposure of health violations and unsanitary practices in the American meatpacking industry during the early 20th century, based on an investigation he did for a socialist newspaper.
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Thoughts from a non-reader
First: I have never had the patience to read the 'classics'. I'm very much a "wait-for-the-movie" kind of guy. The only reason I sat down to read this were, to be perfectly frank, to read the infamously brutal depictions of the meat-packing industry in the Industrial Revolutionary days of Chicago. I'm a born & raised Chicago native and for curiosity's sake, I thought I would skim the the book, be bored & put it down.
I was wrong. I am kicking myself for never having read this classic before. What a rollercoaster ride of triumph & heartbreak - despite this being a work of fiction, the character of Jurgis, in particular, could not be any more 'human', for better or worse. This is not light reading, but the payoff is there. Thank you for making this classic available free of charge.
Semi-horrifying, but amazing book... and free! Highly recommended.
Fond memories of ninth grade English class. First time I heard the term "muck-racking". As the first generation of an Irish immigrant I can definitely understand the search for a better life. A truly underrated classic