This novel illustrates how greed and ruthless competition has made the turn of the century into a ruthless jungle. "Take or be Taken" was the guiding rule, and everyone was someone else's prey. The meatpacking district of Chicago in the early 1900's is where the novel takes place. The main characters in this book are a Lithuanian immigrant Jurgis Rudkis, a hardworking strong man out to find the American dream, his wife, and his family who is trying to do the same.
After a long journey to America the family arrives in Packingtown, where Jokusbas Szedvilas, a fellow Lithuanian immigrant, introduces them to the filthy stinking part of the city that will now be their home. Jurgis is very eager to get a job and succeeds easily. The family has rented living quarters in the filthy boarding house ran by Anielle... [continues]
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