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theduckthief | 269 comments Mod
This is one of the most gross and depressing books I've read in a long time. Depressing because of what Jurgis and the others have to go through. They, like so many other immigrants in the book, arrive with the hope to make a better life for themselves and end up being cheated at every turn.

Gross because of the descriptions of the conditions in the factories, the chemicals and what exactly happens to the meat and the leftovers. I found I couldn't eat anything while reading this book.

That said Sinclair was able to make me care about the characters. I wanted them to succeed, I wanted to see them overcome all the swindlers and the corruption in Packingtown.

message 2: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (nancyh) | 13 comments I agree with theduckthief. I have read this before as everyone from Chicago does in grade school and high school and It's difficult to make myself read this depressing book again. Sinclair does make me feel sypathetic to the characters.

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