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message 1: by Kiera (new)

Kiera Haddock Jed,

This book is on my shelf and I've marked it to-read. I'm still working on that stomach of mine but I fully intend to experience it. I'll let you know how I do when I can finally work myself up enough to get through it.

message 2: by Emily (new)

Emily I read this in college for the same reason you read it. I wondered what everyone was talking about. It was a hard book to read. I don't recall my exact feelings after finishing it but I do remember going to a barbeque and watching people happily wolf down their various meat products. At that point I recognized the meaning of the statement "ignorance is bliss". Although I do still eat meat I will occasionally flash back to the blood flooded floors of the warehouses in The Jungle... *bleh*.
I can't talk about it anymore as I am pregnant and nauseated.
The End.

message 3: by Emily (new)

Emily Okay... not the end.

I should also state that, like you said, the book has some definite merit to it. It is not all blood and rancid beef but has a compelling story and gives you a great perspective of the immigrants who lived such brutal lives but who also helped shape this country into what it is.

Now, the end.

message 4: by hhhhhhhhh (new)

hhhhhhhhh After that brutal childbirth death scene, i didn't think i could possibly continue and was removing it from my "currently reading" shelf when I read your review. Have I not "the stomach and will to endure" and will I not emerge "drenched in blood"? Well! I have the heart and stomach of a king, and I'll finish your book, Mr. Sinclair.

Thanks for the pep talk.

message 5: by Jed (new)

Jed h, glad you found the review. i hope you get the reward you're looking for as i did. there is a silver lining-- not in the happy ending sense, but in clearer vision, deeper gratitude sense.

message 6: by Betty (new)

Betty I'm only just starting the book and already feel myself being dragged down into the depths of hell. What is it about this book that possesses people to have read it? I, too, feel it like people rubbernecking at accident scenes?

message 7: by Jed (new)

Jed Betty, I think there may be some truth to that idea, if only in the beginning. I think people feel like they'll be proud on the other side if they can just slog through it. But I found something really rewarding in sticking with it, and not just bragging rights.

But yeah, it's hell.

message 8: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Haycraft Wow as i read your comments i think back to the days in high school when i too had to read this book, and to my horror all i can remember is the blood and gore of the meat packing plants. I'm wondering now if i should reread it, but i also remember giving up meat for over a year after going through the Hell that was the Book....Am i missing it sld i reread it? :)

message 9: by Jed (new)

Jed Lisa, it's hard to say. I don't know if everyone who survives the slog of this book gets the same reward, but for me it was grand. It was also a long time ago, so I'm not sure I could articulate what it really did for me. It's true that what lingers in memory is a lot of death and gore and an odor you can almost discern on the pages themselves. But there was something enlightening in there, too... I just can't remember what it was.

So, if you're going along having a nice life and you want a book to entertain you, don't read it. I can't promise it will deliver and then I'd feel awful that I pushed you to read it.

message 10: by Rocky (last edited Jul 22, 2016 11:07AM) (new)

Rocky Swogger How anyone survived the food is beyond me. The other thing is that it felt so real. The fight these people had in them was amazing. I don't know anyone today that would walk to work in the conditions they did. Each character suffered tremendously.

message 11: by David (new)

David Scheffner its not that the food that makes this book. it was for me, the idea that socialism would be a better system. The book shows the terror that came from being poor and ignorant in the early 20th century. The sad part is that the poor are still exploited today, and that all that changed was the way meat is handled. The meat packing industry part was to illustrate the horrible treatment of the immigrants.

message 12: by Antonio (new)

Antonio It's not much of an entertaining book, but much of a learning book. The learning is brutal for the readers are exposed to the horrible conditions that immigrants used to suffer.

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