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The Jungle (Dover Thrift S.)

By Upton Sinclair

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Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published In: United States, 09 November 2001
Published privately by Sinclair in 1906 after commercial publishers rejected the manuscript. The Jungle was a shocking revelation of harmful labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards. It quickly became a best-seller, arousing public sentiment and resulting in such Federal legislation as the Pure Food and Drug Act. The novel is brutally grim story of a Slavic immigrant family that migrates to America full of optimism but soon begins an inexorable descent into numbing poverty, moral degradation, and despair. Required reading in many history and literature classes - this fiercely realistic American classic will haunt readers long after they've finished reading it.

About the Author

Upton Sinclair was a prolific author, committed socialist, and political activist who gained enormous popularity when his 1906 novel The Jungle exposed conditions in the U.S. meat-packing industry. In 1943, he earned a Pulitzer Prize for his series tale, Dragon's Teeth.

EAN: 9780486419237
ISBN: 0486419231
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Dimensions: 21.29 x 13 x 1.88 centimetres (0.23 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is a searing critique of the injustice of economic exploitation, set alongside the backdrop of the horrific cruelties of the slaughterhouse. Far from being a metaphor, Sinclair essentialy saw the exploitation of factory workers in the Chicago Union Stockyards as the same as the butcheries perpetrated against animals.
It is a novel of obvious prescience, as both the slaughterhouse and the factory become ever more sadistically efficient in thier capacity to destroy the living. For those in pursuit of animal liberation, it is a call to arms, and also puts forth the question: is animal rigths enough, or must we seek out a totally new existence untramelled by the technological horrors of industrialism?

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