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Never have I read anything bleaker than the first half (that's as far as I've got) of The Jungle.
Most dystopian futures I've had described to me, in novel or movie form, would have been a step up for these poor people. ‎· Eivind
In fact, to write som really terrifying dystopian fiction, one should just copy this book, but change the battle for precarious labor in the slaughter houses or canning factories with a desperate, app based scramble for micro jobs in a "sharing economy." ‎· Eivind
That book cover looks grim! The only dystopian book I've read is Brave New World, brilliant book. ‎· Halil
I finished it this morning. It finishes on a hopeful note with a good election for the Socialists, but the descriptions of the working class conditions of Chicago are just terrible. Extremely exploitative capitalists and zero labor rights. Starvation and desperation. ‎· Eivind
Re the book cover: the descriptions of what went into people's meat products were why this book created an uproar, not the conditions the working class were living under. ‎· Eivind
That sounds about right for a capitalistic response! ‎· Halil
It's telling, really. I mean, I wouldn't want to eat meat from those meat processing plants, but it's not what I find most upsetting in the book. ‎· Eivind