|The Jungle by Upton Sinclair|
Jurgis Rudkus is a Lithuanian immigrant and lands in Chicago. He starts working in the beef industry, and he finds that things are not what they seem, and the story moves into something insane. Over the course of the movie, you’re going to find that there’s a lot of problems, including the way that the meat industry works, the plight of the workers, and how it causes problems for immigrants. Immigrants and their struggle is the main highlight of this, including a lot of issues that occur, from food poisoning, to injury, to prostitution, to being homeless, to much more. By the end of the book, no one is happy, and the world seems to be absolutely terrible, until Jurgis finds himself in a socialist rally, and becomes a socialist. The journey to that point, however, is filled with extremes, from seeing his kids die, to begging, to seeing his family turn to prostitution, and eventually getting hooked on morphine, etc. It’s all a spiral of despair to survive and thrive in 1900s Chicago, with the back drop of the meat packing industry.
Do you want to eat meat? If so, don’t read this book. The practices that you read about here are somewhat the same, and it’s fascinating to look through the past and see the present. There’s so much to this, and deeply hits your soul if you have one. I was sad at some point. I was happy at some point, and then there were some things that were kind of cool. Jurgis is a character much like Tom Joad, and he goes through an odyssey of amazing things. I loved it. The story flows well, although it’s a long book, but the descriptions, and language all lead me to enjoy this book more today than I did when I was in high school.
“The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair is a book that resonates with you afterwards. Sinclair was writing about socialism, but people took to the book in regard to the plight of workers, and eating meat. It gets heavy handed in the socialist element at the end, but to get there, you are taken through a hell of a life, and it makes you feel for the characters as things get worse and worse in 1900s Chicago.
I give “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair a 4 out of 5.
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