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King Coal by Upton Sinclair
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Jun 12, 2012

really liked it
Read from June 02 to 11, 2012

A good read. The style is social realist, and as such rather flat, but the novel tells of an important time when people actually did heroic things for others with little thought for their own gain. The good hardworking people are truly good, and the evil oppressors are truly evil. I wanted more exposure of the corrupting influence of coal, but Sinclair is happiest in the hovels of the working class rather than the back rooms of state house. In any event, this was a book that was difficult to put down. I enjoyed it and it gave me a clearer understanding of the Coal Wars of the early 20th century.

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message 1: by Kitty (new)

Kitty Kroger I like the fact that it covered the coal wars but I'm a little put off about the one-sidedness of the characters, as you describe them. It seems like it would be more interesting if they were more realistic -both sides - with all the foibles and ambiguities of real people, no matter how heroic or how exploitative.

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