CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 22 sept. 2018 - 356 pages
A manifesto for social change, The Jungle savagely reveals the American dream gone sour. Sinclair strips away the myth of America as a boon to the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Instead, the golden land of manifest destiny is shown to be a Dickensian nightmare, where wage slaves can barely survive, where powerless immigrants are chewed up by a capitalist machine oiled by corruption and bald greed.
But the story is more than a polemic; it is a gripping and harrowing tale. Jurgis Rudkus, a recent immigrant from Lithuania, comes to a new and promising land in an attempt to build a family. His life is permeated by the stink of ordure and offal of a primitive meat industry and the struggle for daily bread. Systematically Jurgis's dreams, along with his family, are annihilated. Embittered by the brutal crimes wrought upon his family, Jurgis gradually descends into crime himself. A more socially important novel is hard to imagine
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LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - amyolivia - LibraryThing
While the story is not something I was riveted by, the beauty of the language kept me interested. The end of the book got a little preachy, but overall, it was an interesting and eye-opening story. Consulter l'avis complet
LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - CassandraT - www.librarything.com
This book has been very influential to me. But I can't say I "really liked it." Consulter l'avis complet