Few books have so affected radical social changes as The Jungle, first published serially in 1906. Exposing unsanitary conditions in the meat-packing industry in Chicago, Sinclair's novel gripped Americans by the stomach, contributing to the passage of the first Food and Drug Act. If you've never read this classic novel, don't be put off by its gruesome reputation. Upton Sinclair was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who could turn even an exposé into a tender and moving novel.
Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant, comes to America in search of a fortune for his family. He accepts the harsh realities of a working man's lot, laboring with naive vigor - until, his health and family sacrificed, he understands how the heavy wheels of the industrial machine can crush the strongest spirit.
Before there was Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, or Morgan Spurlock, there was Upton Sinclair. Sinclair's classic novel - an exposé of the Chicago meatpacking industry at the at the turn of the twentieth century - achieves new life as an audiobook. Narrator George Guidall's passionate rendering of the text makes it possible to visualize the vicious and grotesque conditions inside the slaughterhouses, and the impoverished immigrants who worked there, in a way that reading the text alone might not convey.
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Profound, Amazing, Heartwrenching
This book has changed the way I think of the open market and the regulatory process. It shows the abuse of humans in a way comparable to slavery, and the easy and heartless way it was done. I also believe that these practices and the treatment of people in the US are still effected by their dire start in life. For example in the way US workers in the IT industries are not paid overtime and are expected to be available out of hours. Also the cut throat climbing of ladders. I couldn't however finish it. The audible version makes you hear every word of the text, whereas were you reading, there would be the option to skip any overly emotional sections, or at least skim them. The reading made me overly upset as the author, as was his aim, caused me to like these poor innocents, who were looking for a better life and found themselves in a trap.After about half of the book, i read the Wiki page about what happens and stopped listening.Even though i didn't get through it, this book has had a profound effect on the way i see the world. I feel like an innocent who's had their eyes opened, and i'm not a young person!
Anyway, I'm now reading Bridget Jones Mad about the boy to get my spirits back up
A red jungle, a heart of darkness in the city.