The JungleThe Jungle by Upton Sinclair*

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It may be a bit ironic, but I sat down to finish the last 20 or so pages of this book while enjoying a yummy dinner of spicy hot Johnsonville sausages with rice and beans. You’ll have to read the book to see why it was ironic. šŸ˜‰

The book was an interesting read. However, the heavy push at the end regarding Socialism just kinda’ ruined it for me. The book went from a tragedy about the oppression of the working class straight to an expanded political pamphlet expounding the advantages of the workers’ utopia that would come about when Socialism becomes the way of the world.

Like I said, though… it was an interesting read. Just the descriptions of the Chicago meat-packing industry and the ridiculously corrupt politics of the early 1900s makes the book worth reading.

Could even turn you into a vegetarian Socialist!

Yippee, Comrade!


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2 responses »

  1. ebrke says:

    Remember Sinclair’s era–Gilded Age and all that implies. Rampant inequality, terrible living and working conditions, etc. I think socialism looked like the only solution to a lot of people. Hey, we may end up there again in a couple more generations.

    • Yes, Sinclair’s description of that era in that place (Chicago) was horrific, to put it lightly. His book made a mark on many; even Roosevelt (Teddy) invited him to the Whitehouse to discuss it…

      We actually have a form of Socialism in this country right now. The citizens of this country pool their moneys (paid in the form of taxes) to support the government, infrastructure, aid to the poor, etc. Just don’t call it Socialism or there’ll be hell to pay from conservatives and even some liberals. The word Socialism will never be able to separate itself in the mind of Americans (and many others outside this country) from its corrupt nephew, Communism.

      If all the peoples of the world would one day come together and realize that we should all be helping one another to make life better on this rock instead of maiming and murdering and profiteering, then it would be a much better world. However, as I have been known to say, “When Peace becomes profitable, War will be no more.” Don’t hold your breath waiting for this to happen, though. šŸ˜¦

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