The Jungle - Upton Sinclair

The Jungle

By Upton Sinclair

  • Release Date: 1905-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 1,653 Ratings


The Jungle is a 1906 novel written by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair (1878–1968).[1] Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago and similar industrialized cities. Many readers were most concerned with his exposure of health violations and unsanitary practices in the American meatpacking industry during the early 20th century, based on an investigation he did for a socialist newspaper.


  • The Jungle

    By lidingham
    Huge eye-opener..
  • Propaganda???

    By debtoralive
    I was dissappointed. I thought I was reading a really well written story about the struggles of immigrants in this country at the turn of the 20th century. With vivid characters I really cared about. But then, in the last 50-75 pages it transforms from novel to socialist recruiting propaganda. Too bad. Didn't one of the "S's" in U.S.S.R stand for "socialist"?
  • A pleasant surprise

    By Rava Catin
    Don't let your high school American history class make you walk in to this book knowing what it's about. This book is a storm and an amazing read. I would most recommend it to Bernie supporters or anyone who warms to se exactly how little Chaz changed in 110 years.
  • This book is a part of history...and not what I expected!

    By Lavalettenj
    I downloaded this book having learned about it in history class, but in relation to food safety and regulation. This book is an interesting piece of socialist literature that uses the unfortunate story of an immigrant family to make a case for workers rights
  • It Relates To Everything

    By Lun the Dragoon
    This book is indeed needed if you intend to take the SAT or ACT. This book is frothing with examples to near every moral question ever conceived, and is fully relevant to near all politics today. The only shortcoming of this masterpiece is it includes slight sexism throughout and, despite being part of the time, there is still no real excuse for it. But this book is still one of my favorites ever written and I believe it is well worth your time (which is now all it costs).
  • Socialist Novel

    By Kickapoo Doc
    This novel starts out with a gripping description of a Lithuanian wedding in Chicago and ends with a socialist monolog. It is an important book that revealed the terrible conditions in the packing industry. The main character is Jurgis Rudkus. As it turns out he cannot really afford the wedding feast but this is the least of his problems. They buy a house on contract for deed which they also cannot afford. Rape, violence, jail, injuries, absolute poverty, loss of the house, freezing, hobo life, alcholism, etc. follow. All, of course, caused by the evils of capitalism. Calamity after calamity after calamity makes this plot hard to believe. Sinclair advocates for a Marxist/Socialist utopia in which all problems are solved by the government. This book, of course, preceded the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Argentina, Venezuela, etc. True believers, however, will continue to harangue about the wonders of true socialism in which we only have to work an hour a day after the greedy capitalist is eliminated. Read it while eating Spam( if you can) and contributing to Bernie Sanders if you agree with Upton’s politics.
  • The Jungle by S Lewis

    By Mr Greenbrier
    This was one of the most depressing books I have ever read. The trials and tribulations put upon Jurgis R were beyond what most could endure but which were endured by millions of Americans and immigrants in the late and early 1900's. It is amazing that the Socialistic movement did not grow wider than it did. The book started on a high note but steadily drove you the reader to despair. Even the last portion on Socialism did not bring reader to far up. I was glad I read The Jungle and glad that its publication did positively impact society at that time and into the future but the book would be hard for me to recommend it to others.
  • Life Changing Novel

    By MarcoYazaki
    This Novel made me think of the things I have done in my life and this book made me more “Human”. Its a really good novel which is sad yet way interesting. I love Upton Cinclai’s Novels but in my opinion, this one is the best.
  • Social Upheaval

    By LiL$""
    This story is a good read. My eyes are opened to the misery of the immigrant in the early 20th century. The characters are believable and gives me much respect for the hardships they had and have to endure. With odds against them being uneducated and no hope of getting out of their miserable existence save extreme faith. The ending was not my favorite part of the story. It came off as a lost cause and think the book should have ended on a higher note.
  • Let down

    By Junie 91
    I couln't put the book down till it stated in on The subject of politics. What happens to Jurgus and his family???? It just let me down!!!!