Friday, November 13, 2020

Review of The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

This review was written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = Novel, History

Elaborate Description

This is a great book that follows a Lithuanian in the early part of the twentieth century. The situation of poor production, working condition, and the lack of proper living conditions are the major focus points. An explanation of the bribing and overall detrimental negotiating environment is vividly given. The theme of the book is a socialist account of what is happening to the people. This is where the author goes wrong. If someone is bribing, in a capitalist system, nobody will trade with them anymore. There is a severe cost of dishonesty. Only in a socialist system is there no cost to discrimination. The author does a very good job with at times reminding the reader what had happened before in a succinct way. The best part of the book which makes it great, is that the author does not keep to a linear story line, meaning that the main character goes from doing bad to worse than to better than to worse to best to bad and so on. The fluctuations in the story make this book very believable. There is a slight difficulty in reading the book initially as many people and their respective backgrounds are given in a short few pages that it makes it difficult to keep track of who is who.

Book Details

Edition ISBN:  9781884365300
Pages to read:   359
Publication:     2003
1st Edition:      1906
Format:            Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    4
Content          5
Overall           5