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Hallo. I just picked up a copy of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, and I was wondering if anyone has read it, and if it's a good choice... The introduction alone nearly wore me out: 25 pages of Sinclair's life story, as well as references to his other works (acctually, I only read something like the first five pages, but it all seemed mainly the same: successes, failures, etc, etc)... Is it a good choice?
It has been sucha long time since I read The Jungle and I don't remember specifics about the story, but I do remember that the story gave me a new perspective on a point in history that I had only heard about in passing. The Jungle makes the depression something tangible. Of course it is not written with the modern reading interests in mind, but it is a classic for a reason. Read it, you won't regret it.
I am just me, searching for simplicity.........and a good hair stylist
The book is really, really, really unbearably wordy. However, if you can get through the verboseness, it has a rather interesting story. As was stated before, it makes the Depression tangible, because it plops you down in the life of a family living in that era.
I think when you sit down to read it, you'll find yourself emmersed in the story, wondering what tragedy is going to befall the poor unfortunate immigrants of Chicago's meat packing industry next.
"It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts."
Well, this book is required reading for my English Literature class, so I bought it a few days ago. I've made it about fifty pages through the three-hundred page book, and so far I like it. I don't find Sinclair to be very wordy yet, but some authors don't get to that until right after the halfway mark.
So far I've read a bit about Jurgis' life right after coming to America, his naivete and incredible hopefulness. It contrasts with the desperately happy wedding at the opening of the book was. I really like his language. It is a little wordy, but easy enough to read, and he doesn't use rediculous sentence structure. (Have you tried Robinson Crusoe? For an entertaining book, it is very boring. Loopy sentences. Archaic language. The Jungle is not like that.)
So far I've laughed a bit and read in horror a bit, and thought it was sweet, or tragic. I have a feeling I will be glad to have read this book.
On a less literary note, the book is just historically important. It was published as a serial in a socialist newsletter back in the early twenties, I think. During Wilson's presidency? Correct me if I'm wrong on any of this. Anyway, Sinclair began the "muckraker" movement and stirred interest in the plight of the wage slaves of the north. He went on to run for governor of California in the sixties. Sinclair's book also served to create the FDA as we are aware of it today. So in this sense it is worth reading if only as an important piece of history.