Sinclair wrote The Jungle at the turn of the 20th century to portray the lives of immigrants in the U.S. or, more specifically, Lithuanians working in the meat-packing plants of Chicago. He also wanted to proclaim his socialist beliefs, which he does a little too zealously towards the book’s end. The novel is horrific and grim, and just when you think things can’t get worse – they do. However, the novel is also well written, informative, and evocative of a time and a life most of us, thankfully, never knew.
Gwenamon says: Yes