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04-16-2003, 01:00 AM
I agree, nobody that has critiqued this novel gets what he is doing and if they do, they do not stand behind his logic and therefore it becomes a smear campaign against sinclair. email me if you find some good commentary, i really need some

05-24-2005, 06:07 PM
Yes this book is a great book and it sparked change. Nobody whose comments Ive read seems to really get what sinclair was doing. He was not trying to just improve working conditions, he was trying to spark a communist revolution, he said so. I am not saying that is a bad thing. And to say that he used too many symbols is ludicrous. He basically hits you over the head with his communist message in the last four chapters, and the preceeding chapters are preparing the reader for this. When the communist talks about the plight of children, the reader is more accepting of this and can emotionally connect to what he is saying because of the story of Stanislovas. I would say Sinclair is not subtle enough, but for his purposes he needed to be quite direct.