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17 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

My favorite book of all time

I read this book back when I was in middle school and to this day (starting graduate school soon) it still remains my favorite book of all time. Even though I am a Laissez-faire Capitalist and am not too fond of the last chapter, I am a vegetarian and someone who is goi...
I read this book back when I was in middle school and to this day (starting graduate school soon) it still remains my favorite book of all time. Even though I am a Laissez-faire Capitalist and am not too fond of the last chapter, I am a vegetarian and someone who is going into public service. I still find it interesting that Sinclair's book had to be toned down because if he had described the situation even more accurately, readers wouldn't have been able to keep down their lunches. I love how he tells the story of this immigrant family. The first chapter is a little slow, but it really helps the reader to understand how difficult it can be to blend two cultures.. and it is also symbolic because the tail end of the wedding celebration foreshadows the family's hardships that are later to come. If you have never read this book.. please do so ASAP.

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Seriously dude!! How do you expect Glimmer to like you when all you do is go on and on about how much you hate her? Great tactics man!! Seriously! That is not the way to win someone's heart, and going on about how much you love them isn't going to help either.

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    Posted February 5, 2013

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    Seriously dude!! How do you expect Glimmer to like you when all you do is go on and on about how much you hate her? Great tactics man!! Seriously! That is not the way to win someone's heart, and going on about how much you love them isn't going to help either.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Ugh

    This was a terrible book. It was too long and just nasty. Do not read if you are not a vegitarian! Had to read this in my American History class in high school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2009

    This Novel Is Not For All Readers

    I had to read this novel for AP U.S. History class. I, like others, understood the immense impact this novel posed on American society and legislature at the time. However, I found this book to be a very boring read; it takes a long time to read a simple chapter, and Sinclair's writing is horrid - the grammar is completely wrong, and semi colons are applied where there should be commas! The story drags on and on, from one tragedy to another, and one may dread having to turn to the next chapter or even the next page. I was assigned to read the novels "Uncle Tom's Cabin," which also had a profound effect on American society, and "A Rise to Rebellion." I enjoyed both of those novels; but as for "The Jungle": two thumbs down. Here's a word of advice to those students that have to read this novel: read about 30 pages a day and no more than that. In other words, read little by little, and plan to spend a little over a week on it. To those that wish to read it for pleasure: good luck.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2006

    horrible

    i have to read this book for us history honors and i cant get past the third page. it is veryyy hard to understand especially for a 15 year old and when they have names that take up a whole line and speak other languages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2006

    Writing at it's Worst

    The Jungle is one of the worst book I have ever read in my entire life. Most books as bad as this one I would just put it down, stop reading it, and think nothing of it, but I had to read this one for my class at school and we had to read up until chapter 24. The things that I didn't like about this story was that it was almost all narration and there was almost no dialog in the story and if there was dialog it would be for about a line in every two-three paragraphs. I would not ever ask anyone to read this book, for fear that they may kill me once they figure out how bad it is.

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