Wednesday, September 29, 2010

BookClubSandwich: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair!


The voters have spoken!!! The newest pick for the BookClubSandwich discussion is The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. It was a very tight race with The United States of Arugala and America the Edible at eight votes, but ultimately The Jungle won out with eleven.

Here's how things are shaping up for discussion:

Kim will post her thoughts on the book to open discussion on November 8th. We invite anyone who has read the book to post their own thoughts during the week and link to them on Kim's blog, and I will post a wrap-up of discussion and commentary on the following Monday, November 15th.

Personally, I've wanted to read this book for a very long time, and I'm thrilled to be able to with a group of my fellow bloggers. I'm especially excited since I've looked a little further into the history of the book and Upton Sinclair's background. Fascinating stuff!

13 comments:

  1. Fun! I'm a vegetarian, so I'm thinking this book is just only going to validate my thoughts....! :)

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  2. Excellent choice! I read The Jungle a few years ago and it really made me think. It was awful how horrendously workers were treated by the Chicago meat packing industry. In many ways the meat industry is just as bad as it always was, except that the workers are treated better now. (Another great book to read on this topic is The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollen).

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  3. I must remember not to read this during my lunch break.

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  4. I can't wait to start reading this! It may make me decide to be a vegetarian! ;-)

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  5. I am sad to say that I have never read this book. I'll be interested to see everyone's thoughts on it!

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  6. Natalie, I think you're right! It'll probably push me closer to the veggie end of things.

    Kate, I'm readying myself for this one. And I agree that it's as bad as it always was. We watched Food, Inc. in some of my classes this term, and the students were rightfully appalled.

    LOL, Suzanne! Me too.

    Vasilly, we already try to eat veggie a few times a week, so this might push me over the edge.

    Marie, I can't wait to read everyone's reactions.

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  7. I really like this book! (Well, I could have lived without the ending--it just felt tacked on.) I first had to read this eons ago back in school, but I just read it again with my daughter last year. And she thoroughly enjoyed it, too! I'm looking forward to seeing what you all have to say about it.

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  8. My book club read this last year and it was quite interesting. I think we all thought it would be about the food siutaion and the unsanitary conditions but it was ultimately more of an eye opener on the immigrant experience during that era. Great book!

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    Congratulations!

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  10. My copy is on it's way to me now :D

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  11. I re-read this a few years back and was struck by how timely it seemed as Kate also suggests here. The workers may be treated better now but our whole food conglomerate system in this country still engages in a lot of questionable practices. Ditto on the Pollan recommendation. His books are personal favorites.

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  12. Actually, there's a lot of debate nowadays on if workers are treated well -- some of these companies are absolutely huge and operate in remote manufacturing towns where they are the only employers. They can tend to hire a lot of individuals who are considered illegal citizens, and because of that, they tend to take more advantage of those employees because they know that individual won't speak up. Or, if you open a chicken farm under a major brand company, you actually go into incredible debt just to stay somewhat afloat. It's a terrible situation for everyone -- check out the book Fast Food Nation (or check out the movie), and the movie Food Inc. It is absolutely eye-opening.

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