Books are very important to the development of an individual’s mind. They make understanding new information much easier. Reading is also important to an individual as it helps them to sort out relevant information. By reading, a person can determine what they are interested in as they grow older. Books are, no doubt, a great resource. They are food for thought, and moreover, they console us in our sorrow and they make us forget about the worries of life. Over the past years, I have read many books that have definitely enriched my knowledge. But none of them have impressed me as The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. To me this book is one of the finest books in the world. In fact this novel is so remarkable that it made history and changed the course of events. The Jungle’s excellent qualities have made it my favorite book.
Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle was first published in the United States in 1906. This book became an immediate success as it portrayed the corruption within American business and government. Sinclair based the novel on the American meatpacking industry. He describes, in shocking detail, the conditions of corruption in America and the ways it affected the lives of individuals involved. The Jungle centers on Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant working on Chicago’s infamous Packingtown. Instead of living the “American Dream”, Jurgis and his family occupy a vicious, intimidating urban jungle dictated by greedy employers, ruthless con-men, and immoral politicians.