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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Antiquated And Flawed View, But A Good Read
Having read this as a high school freshman, I decided to take a new look at "The Jungle". "The Jungle", a model of the propongandistic novel, is the tale of Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant to the Packing house district of Chicago. Written in 1905, it tells the story of Jurgis' working class family which had come to America in search of a better life.
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This book is an example of the terrible things that people with power do to people with nothing. The characters in the book come to the United States in hope of a better future, but once they get to the "Land of Opportunity," they discover that the only "opportunity" they have is to become an overworked, underpaid worker, a cog in the machine of the...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Antiquated And Flawed View, But A Good Read, 24. Mai 2004
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Having read this as a high school freshman, I decided to take a new look at "The Jungle". "The Jungle", a model of the propongandistic novel, is the tale of Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant to the Packing house district of Chicago. Written in 1905, it tells the story of Jurgis' working class family which had come to America in search of a better life.
Arriving full of hope, Jurgis sought advancement through a home with the family, the Lithuanian Community, the Church, the industrial machine and politics. Time after time, the naive workman was taken by those whom Upton Sinclair regarded as the oppressors of the people. Every time Jurgis thought that he was a cog in the machine, he ended up being discarded when he was no longer useful to those in whom Jurgis had placed his trust.
Upton Sinclair was disappointed with the results of his book. Intended to win converts to socialism, it was his description of conditions in the packing houses which aided in the enactment of the Pure Food and Drug Act.
"The Jungle" can be appreciated on a number of levels. The action is well paced and holds the reader's interest. As a work of propaganda, it is a model specimen. As an historical insight, it lets the reader into the mind of an early Twentieth Century Socialist reformer. As a report of the life of the early industrial worker, it is entertaining, even if its details are exaggerated for effect. As a political statement, "The Jungle" is in the eyes of the reader. For the true believer, it conveys the truth. For the modern conservative, it is an antiquated and flawed view of the world, which, as time has shown, proposed a remedy which was never right. Which ever camp you fall into, or somewhere in between, "The Jungle" is worth a first, or a second, reading.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Superb book (even if you were assigned to read it)., 10. Juli 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Jungle (Bantam Classics) (Taschenbuch)
I'm the type of guy that can't stand many literary classics. I'm sorry, but I read a book for entertainment, not for metephors, meaning or symbolism. This is why it seems strange that I highly recommend this book.
This book chronicles the life of immigrants from Lithuania who settle in Chicago in hopes of obtaining the American Dream. The way Sinclair describes the hardships of this family, it almost feels like you're the one who's suffering. Though depressing, the amount of detail engulfs the reader.
Though the book is famous for exposing the meat packing industry's unsanitary conditions, it really is just a minor part of this book. The worker's rights, the racism, the corruption, and the poverty is what this book is all about. Though I'm a firm believer of Adam Smith and his invisible hand, half way through the book, I was searching for the local Socialist recruiter. Well, not really, but it will open anyone's mind.
Except for the end, where it was just pure Socialist propoganda, this book is fantastic.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Vorbildliche Ausgabe eines Klassikers zum sensationellen Preis - gelebte Bildungspolitik!, 20. Dezember 2011
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Jungle (Enriched Classics) (Taschenbuch)
Es ist sicherlich alles gesagt über diese überwältigende, rein von der Handlung lebende Geschichte des litauischen Arbeiters Jurgis, der Anfang des Jahrhunderts mit seiner Großfamilie und voller Hoffnung in Amerika landet, dann unter unsäglichen Bedingungen in der Hölle des Fleischmagnaten arbeitet und dort alle Teile des abstoßenden, unmenschlichen und untierischen Produktionsprozesses kennenlernt, durch Verletzungen seine Arbeit verliert, an allen Ecken und Enden ausgeplündert und betrogen wird, schließlich Frau und Kind krepieren sieht, der sich dann als Tramp und Landarbeiter durchzuschlagen versucht, das Leben der Reichen kennenlernt, zum Kriminellen wird, die Gefängnisse und die Prostitution kennenlernt, zum Bettler wird ... um schließlich bei der sozialistischen Arbeiterbewegung zu landen. Die kraft- und übervolle Geschichte hat überlebt, die künstlerischen Limitationen Upton Sinclairs sind bei diesem Klassiker hundertfach durchgekaut, mehr muss man dazu nicht sagen.

Aber der bei Simon & Schuster herausgegebenen Taschenbuchausgabe, complete and unabridged, mit sinnvollem Erläuterungsteil und hilfreichem Vorwort, solide gearbeitet, gut in der Hand liegend, und vor allem zu einem unschlagbaren Preis muss man einfach Respekt zollen: Dass es Abstriche bei der Papierqualität geben muss, ist klar, und dass der eine oder andere Kommentar für die rein Unwissenden zu sein scheint, mag dem Zeitgeist geschuldet sein, aber besser kann man ein Buch zum Durchschwarten, ein Taschen-Buch, nicht präsentieren, und es für diesen Preis auf den Markt zu bringen, scheint zu beweisen, dass es im Buchgeschäft - zumindest für die Großen - deutlich billiger ginge (wie passend gerade bei diesem kapitalismuskritischen Buch!) und muss als wichtiger bildungspolitischer Beitrag gesehen werden.

Jawohl: Alle relevanten Klassiker zum für alle erschwinglichen Preis - her damit!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen This story is a gripping, heart-breaking, MUST-READ!, 23. November 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Jungle (Bantam Classics) (Taschenbuch)
Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, leads you through the heart-wrenching tale of a family of poor Lithuanian immigrants. His description is so amazing that you can actually envision the filth of the stockyards, smell the stench, and feel the pain and suffering of the poor, good-hearted immigrants. From the minute they arrive in America, they are faced with nothing but hardships, struggling to survive. The characters and the storylines were very realistic. This story was so real to me, that I actually got nightmares. My only dissappointment with the novel was the ending. I was hoping for something more about Jurgis and the family, but instead got a heavy speech on socialism. Socialism was a good turn for Jurgis, but I feel the story would have been a bit better if it had ended more personally, on his part. Overall, this was an excellent book. I think that everyone should read it becuase it has so much to offer. It not only gives us a vivid depiction of that period in time, it is overwhelming with emotion. It is a major contribution to our history.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Forced socialism, but well-written, 1. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Jungle (Bantam Classics) (Taschenbuch)
It's pretty well-known that Sinclair was attempting to convert America's capitalistic society to socialism with this muckraking book, but he made the mistake of playing up the meat-packing horrors a little too heavily and ended up doing nothing but helping get the Pure Food and Drug Act passed. "I aimed for America's heart and hit it in the stomach," famously quoted Sinclair. Still, what he HAS given us here is an entertainingly bleak book that features a Lithuanian Everyman, Jurgis Rudkus, that seemingly goes through every situation and downfall that could possibly happen in the city of Chicago. I did find the book depressing but not boring, and it kept my interest until Sinclair went blatantly over the edge in the last chapter, having a Socialist lecturer go on for fifteen boring pages about the oppression of the worker by the evil capitalist. The other 335 pages of the novel are entertaining enough to earn this a grade of 5 stars, and seriously, this is one well-written historical document.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not a great novel - But absolutely GREAT reporting, 29. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Jungle (Bantam Classics) (Taschenbuch)
The simple truth is that this book is not great literature, the characters are flat, there is no story that you will remember for long. But it presents scenes and facts that should never be forgotten. It was written to make facts public, and to make a political statement. The facts presented have been independently verified, the political statement should not be ignored. It illustrates its message like few others ever have.
In a world that should worry about food safety, and that needs to remember the fight it took to achieve any workers rights and imporve working conditions, this book should be read again. Forget that you had to read it in high school (and skipped as much as you could get away with). Read it again as an adult... and think.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Turning "The Jungle" back into a call for socialism, 8. August 2005
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Jungle (Gebundene Ausgabe)
When I read Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" in high school I had to keep reminding myself that that novel was written in 1906, otherwise I would never be able to eat another hot dog the rest of my life. Although muckraking is a term used to describe journalistic exposes, "The Jungle" functioned much the same way by bringing instant notoriety to the American meatpacking industry. In his story of the Lithuanian immigrant Jurgis Rudkus and his family, Sinclair revealed the unsanitary, dangerous, and inhumane conditions that existed in Chicago's stockyards and meat-packing houses. When the novel was published it became front-page news across the nation and President Theodore Roosevelt invited Sinclair to the White House to discuss his book. Because of this book the sales of pre-packed meat in the United States was cut in half and the public outrage would lead to the passage of both the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Beef Inspection Act.
Originally, Sinclair's story was published serially in "The Appeal to Reason," a socialist weekly and was dedicated to "The Workingmen of America." Clearly, Sinclair intended "The Jungle" to be a clarion call to socialism and a plea for the end of wage slavery, and ultimately he was disappointed by the reaction to his novel, writing once, "I aimed at the public's heart and by accident I hit it in the stomach." In this graphic novel adaptation of "The Jungle," artist Peter Kuper and his co-writer Emily Russell (who I believe is his daughter) clearly make an effort to get back to the basics and refocus the story so that this time it hits the heart.
Originally published in 1991 as part of an attempt to revive the Classics Illustrated comic book line, Kuper uses a full-color stencil technique that suggests that particular period but anticipates, so to speak, the political art of the period before World War II. Jurgis Rudkus and the other characters are depicted with an almost doll-like quality, which eerily enhances the tragic story. Sometimes I think he looks like a clownish version of the Frankenstein monster, but I find that underscores the sense that Jurgis is up against a man-made monster in the unfettered capitalist economy that Sinclair depicts. To cut down the original novel to the 44-pages illustrated pages of this graphic novel, the mind numbing and health eroding work in the fertilizer plant is reduce to a couple of pages. This is why the focus in Kuper's version shifts from what Americans were eating to what is happening to Jurigs, as his personal tragedy becomes the heart of the story.
Consequently, I find that this graphic novel version of "The Jungle" is not so much a substitute for reading the original novel as it is an ancillary work. More than with most such adaptations, you really have to have read (and vividly remember) the original work to appreciate what Kuper and Russell have wrought here. Even if consider socialism to be outdated, unnecessary and/or offensive, you have to admit that Sinclair's novel speaks to the historic reality of what life was like for the working class at a time when that meant they were members of the lower class. At the very least, you can appreciate the grand irony that Sinclair's book did as much to forestall a socialist revolution in the United States but spurring the government to actually act on the issues he incorporated into "The Jungle."
Kuper currently illustrated "SPY vs. SPY" each month for "MAD" magazine, but his illustrations and comics have also appeared in "Time," "Newsweek," and "The New York Times." In addition to "The Jungle" he has also illustrated Sinclair's "The Jungle and Sticks and Stones," a wordless graphic novel about the rise and fall of empires, which was awarded the gold medal in the 2004 Society of Illustrators competition in the sequential arts category. He has also done a graphic novel version of "The Metamorphosis" as well as adapted several Franz Kafka short stories in "Give It Up!" So if you are looking for more literary works given the Kuper touch, then check those out as well.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen More socially and politically significant than literary., 19. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Jungle (Bantam Classics) (Taschenbuch)
Based on some of the customer reviews I've read, a novel may not have been the best platform for Sinclair's treatise. His instincts as a newspaper man made him record every misfortune and misery that he witnessed during his time at the stockyards. As a result, Jurgis and his family seem to suffer more misfortunes than Job. I think, perhaps, that the protagonists function better if they are viewed as representative rather than real. Sinclair's Lithuanians can represent every immigrant, every working person; and the slow, terrible unraveling of their dreams and their humanity is as applicable today as it was at the turn of the century. Though working conditions are demonstrably better today, many working families exist on the edge of solvency. Likewise, this is not just a story about meat packers and stockyards in 1904. Even nearly 100 years later, big business continues to succumb to its own worst instincts. Witness The Gap and Tommy Hilfiger, caught using virtual slave labor in third world countries to manufacture their clothes. GM and Ford are both being sued by former Nazis prisoners who were forced to work in their plants during WWII. These modern examples of graft made Sinclair's book significant for me. I also think it would be helpful not to get too incensed by Sinclair's socialism. Though he was a socialist before he researched and wrote The Jungle, what he saw in Chicago could hardly have weakened his convictions. Capitalism loses its luster when you witness the violent sacrifice of men, women and children on its altar.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I Get It, 22. März 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Jungle (Bantam Classics) (Taschenbuch)
I'm a junior in High School. I'm approximatly 50 pages from finnishing this book for the first time and I thought it might be interesting to read other people's opinions of this book now that I've read enough to have my own oppinion of it. Well, frankly I was offended at some remarks that made reference to the fact that juniors in High School can't understand all of the political references, and therefore can't understand the book. I have understood everything I've read so far and I know that I'm not the only one. This book is very insightful as to the plight of immagrants to America in the early 1900's. Its significance doesn't stop there though. Human nature at its very base is revealed through this novel. Yes, it is depressing, if you miss the underlying message. Every charicter in this book is deprived of happiness for the most part, but there are small moments that give them hope, that remind them of something better. Every one of them looks for that joy and chases that wisp of hope in their own direction; coping with it in their own way. And for the most part it tears them apart making us realize the value of being together. I hope the next time you read it you can read between the lines for the many lessons of life. Sinclair had a Genius for slipping them in for those of us who understand enough to get beyond the words and reach the meaning.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I Get It, 22. März 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Jungle (Bantam Classics) (Taschenbuch)
I'm a junior in High School. I'm approximatly 50 pages from finnishing this book for the first time and I thought it might be interesting to read other people's opinions of this book now that I've read enough to have my own oppinion of it. Well, frankly I was offended at some remarks that made reference to the fact that juniors in High School can't understand all of the political references, and therefore can't understand the book. I have understood everything I've read so far and I know that I'm not the only one. This book is very insightful as to the plight of immagrants to America in the early 1900's. Its significance doesn't stop there though. Human nature at its very base is revealed through this novel. Yes, it is depressing, if you miss the underlying message. Every charicter in this book is deprived of happiness for the most part, but there are small moments that give them hope, that remind them of something better. Every one of them looks for that joy and chases that wisp of hope in their own direction; coping with it in their own way. And for the most part it tears them apart making us realize the value of being together. I hope the next time you read it you can read between the lines for the many lessons of life. Sinclair had a Genius for slipping them in for those of us who understand enough to get beyond the words and reach the meaning.
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