Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. New York: Penguin Classics, 1986. First published: New York: Doubleday, Page, 1906.
I may never get beyond the first chapter. I tried to read this book as a teenager and couldn't finish it then either. The hopelessness of the people's lives is too hard to swallow. And I know that Sinclair is painting that compelling picture to support his Socialist principles.