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The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
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Oct 16, 11

Read in October, 2011

Wow. I've heard of this book for a while so I finally read it. Wow. We've come a long, long way.

The conditions that people worked in, lived in. Their hopelessness. It was amazing. I had a hard time putting this book down. The last few days I've been thinking and thinking how I could have done better at the interminable rut these people were stuck in. My! I am so glad there are laws in place to protect us.

I did skim a LOT of the last few chapters. All the propaganda about Socialism really started to get annoying. It was interesting to see their point of view, and their projections of the future - only having to work 1 hour a day, only a need for 1 type of product, 1 store instead of the multiplicity that we now are blessed with.

I was surprised at the ending. It was so abrupt. I also felt that Upton Sinclair was too caught up in the Socialism movement to see the irony of the increased turnout. When previous in the book it was shown how votes were bought by the very main character.

Still, a good read. Very enlightning.

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