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1 star for enjoyment.5 stars for thought provoking drama.The most disturbing thing about this story, is that given similar circumstance I can easily see humans following down a path as the one described in this novel.Want to read about a train wrack going from bad to worse, and see how low can humans go Give this a tray, and you won t be disappointed Not for the squeamish. This is perhaps the most explicit book I have ever read, in which sex and violence collide with a cast of entirely unlikable charactersbut the result is a fascinating and often terrifyingly funny novel Not for everyone. #Free E-pub õ The Men in the Jungle ⚦ Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure A Will and a Way Fantasy Something Terrible, Something Lovely Adventure The Men in The Jungle is a blackly humorous sf tale concerning the undeniably bloody internecine struggles upon the wretchedly beleaguered planet of Sangre Norman Spinrad s, quite literally visceral tale is blessed with a zesty narrative, rushing pell mell towards an especially tumultuous ending of quadruple double cross and insensate ultra violence I loved it, and, curiously, the fatty, anthropoid menu didn t prove to be as off putting as I had previously thought it might be The main prota The Men in The Jungle is a blackly humorous sf tale concerning the undeniably bloody internecine struggles upon the wretchedly beleaguered planet of Sangre Norman Spinrad s, quite literally visceral tale is blessed with a zesty narrative, rushing pell mell towards an especially tumultuous ending of quadruple double cross and insensate ultra violence I loved it, and, curiously, the fatty, anthropoid menu didn t prove to be as off putting as I had previously thought it might be The main protagonist s initiation to the iniquitous ways of this charnel planet was especially well rendered by Spinrad, who proved himself to be a darn gifted writer I especially enjoyed the wine sotted bugs who maintained the workers via a beery esp This is a sometimes exhilarating novel that exists wholly within its very own deliciously lurid idiom I would be greatly interested to know how many other reader s suffered monstrous acid pangs of hunger whilst enjoying certain passages As an entree to Spinrad s work, I found it to be a terribly stimulating one, if not a little over cooked as I usually prefer my sf meat to be served rare and delicately spiced with just a littlenuance That said, it is always good practice to vary one s diet, and The Men in The Jungle ultimately proved to be a considerably nourishing affair Very, very strange and murky work by Spinrad The book questions the place of leadership, propaganda, force, and redeemability in human nature The book involves would be world conqueror Bart Fraden, and his efforts to take control of the planet of Sangre The typical SF narrative of the time would have involved a heroic quest to overthrow the evil rulers, and instill a US style democracy for the grateful natives In this story the natives kill each other to the last man, in an extended orgy of Very, very strange and murky work by Spinrad The book questions the place of leadership, propaganda, force, and redeemability in human nature The book involves would be world conqueror Bart Fraden, and his efforts to take control of the planet of Sangre The typical SF narrative of the time would have involved a heroic quest to overthrow the evil rulers, and instill a US style democracy for the grateful natives In this story the natives kill each other to the last man, in an extended orgy of slaughter Fraden shrugs and returns to Earth after his successul rebellion devolves into mindless killing Clearly Spinrad is making a statement about nation building As the book is being written, America is involved in the Vietnam war Is Spinrad making the case that a culture cannot be changed predictably by outside military forces Is he stating that humanity is ultimately venal, murderous and hopeless The inclusion of the love story of Bart and Sophia is also problematic Sophia will not win any feminist of the year awards, however she is not just sex object either The love the couple attains at the end is hopeful and ultimately well portrayed So, what we have is a strange book with lots of torture, cannibalism, political scheming, and somewhat clumsy eroticism An improvement over The Solarians, and refreshingly unconcerned with anything in standard genre I still vastly prefer Malzberg s similar explorations in literary SF, but Spinrad offers a different take,overtly political and satirical, with a much less flashy style Interesting and different I read this based on the authors short story in Dangerous Visions and H Ellison s tout of this 1967 book I wasn t very impressed with it Repetitive story of violence and cannibalism on a planet the main character is trying to revolutionize Author just continually repeats gory details and skirmishes instead of building a better story After three fourths through the book I was just in a rush to finish the damn thing I ll give it two stars for a few good technological ideas ahead of it s ti I read this based on the authors short story in Dangerous Visions and H Ellison s tout of this 1967 book I wasn t very impressed with it Repetitive story of violence and cannibalism on a planet the main character is trying to revolutionize Author just continually repeats gory details and skirmishes instead of building a better story After three fourths through the book I was just in a rush to finish the damn thing I ll give it two stars for a few good technological ideas ahead of it s time But don t waste your time on this I love the works of Ursula K Leguin and Phil K Dick as much as the next geek but their books get the respect they deserve How about the works of Clifford Simak, Barry Malhzberg or Norman Spinrad Anarchists have noticed the work of Leguin certainly her novel the Dispossessed is very anarchist and herrecent Always Coming Home evenso Spinrad is evenradical also an anarchist he has explored the concept of anarchism in several novels including Child of Fortune and a Void Captain I love the works of Ursula K Leguin and Phil K Dick as much as the next geek but their books get the respect they deserve How about the works of Clifford Simak, Barry Malhzberg or Norman Spinrad Anarchists have noticed the work of Leguin certainly her novel the Dispossessed is very anarchist and herrecent Always Coming Home evenso Spinrad is evenradical also an anarchist he has explored the concept of anarchism in several novels including Child of Fortune and a Void Captain s Tale I owe Mister Cody Goodfellow for pointing me to Spinrad s workOk two short old school Sci Fi reviews starting with Spinrad At some point in 1966 while Star Trek was just getting under way just to give some perspective Norman Spinrad was writing Men in the Jungle.It s about a team of interseller gangsters who fancy themselves revolutionaries going from planet to planet starting insurrections They make money until the natives finally get sick of their shit and off to the next revolution For 1966 this is some serious badass sci fi Ok so the computer prints out revolution indexes and the tech is out of date but hell the heros end up on a planet of cannibals who eat 2 3 of the babies born.Men in the Jungle is a great read, and still has many important things to say Horrible, atroce, sanglant, choquant, Rien que pour tout a, j ai cru que jamais je n arriverais au bout de ce roman Et pourtant, rempli de paradoxes, ce bouquin est aussi transper ant, difiant, magistral Il fallait oser dire les choses de fa on si crue et pourtant si subtile Interroger l humain sur la nature de l humanit , sur le sens de ce que nous croyons tre l ordre tabli, la justice ou la normalit Spinrad aborde, plonge, se roule dans l horreur humaine avec un style incroyable Horrible, atroce, sanglant, choquant, Rien que pour tout a, j ai cru que jamais je n arriverais au bout de ce roman Et pourtant, rempli de paradoxes, ce bouquin est aussi transper ant, difiant, magistral Il fallait oser dire les choses de fa on si crue et pourtant si subtile Interroger l humain sur la nature de l humanit , sur le sens de ce que nous croyons tre l ordre tabli, la justice ou la normalit Spinrad aborde, plonge, se roule dans l horreur humaine avec un style incroyable Un roman ne pas mettre entre toutes les mains, certes, mais si vous avez l estomac et l esprit bien accroch s, alors le voyage sur Sangre vaut le d tour I read this first when I was in high school and found itdisturbing It s a bleak enough story Amoral and ruthless mercenary and his two closest hangers on start a revolution on an out of the way planet run by a truly nasty little theocracy The kicker is that the planet has no edible native livestock the ruling elite get their protein from farming and devouring slave children The rebels our hero raises want freedomfreedom to eat human protein, too It s a book with no good guys, and I read this first when I was in high school and found itdisturbing It s a bleak enough story Amoral and ruthless mercenary and his two closest hangers on start a revolution on an out of the way planet run by a truly nasty little theocracy The kicker is that the planet has no edible native livestock the ruling elite get their protein from farming and devouring slave children The rebels our hero raises want freedomfreedom to eat human protein, too It s a book with no good guys, and even after victory, there s nothing even remotely pleasant happening bring your steak sauce It s a political cautionary tale, but one that describes what happens with a bit too much gusto not to be disturbing C est dans les vieux pots qu on fait les meilleures soupes C est pas s r En tout cas, dans ce genre de SF de l ge d or , il y a une esp ce de clart , de limpidit , m me dans les intrigues les plus sombres comme celle ci , qui d gage les neurones.Bref, Bart Fraden est un ancien pr sident plus ou moins corrompu, plus ou moins malhonn te, qui s en va tenter de prendre le pouvoir sur Sade, une plan te abandonn e de la civilisation mais pas des hommes.Bart va donc tenter de fomenter C est dans les vieux pots qu on fait les meilleures soupes C est pas s r En tout cas, dans ce genre de SF de l ge d or , il y a une esp ce de clart , de limpidit , m me dans les intrigues les plus sombres comme celle ci , qui d gage les neurones.Bref, Bart Fraden est un ancien pr sident plus ou moins corrompu, plus ou moins malhonn te, qui s en va tenter de prendre le pouvoir sur Sade, une plan te abandonn e de la civilisation mais pas des hommes.Bart va donc tenter de fomenter une r volution, dans un r gime dirig par une esp ce de confr rie sadique, qui a organis un r gime d exploitation, qui peut se r sumer en un slogan la douleur, le plaisir Les fr res donnent la douleur et re oivent le plaisir, et les animaux donnent le plaisir et recoivent la douleur Enfin vous voyez le genre.Alors videment, ce roman ne va pas sans un certain sadisme Mais je ne sais pas comment l expliquer, malgr l abondance des descriptions, je n y ai pas trouv la complaisance que d autres auteurs pourraient mettre dans ce genre de r cit M me Bart, lorsqu il agit comme un beau salaud, appara t comme tel, bien aid par le regret qu il prouve lorsqu il commet des atrocit s qui lui vaudraient videment l accusation de crime contre l humanit notre poque Pour tout dire, je me rends compte qu il s agit en fait d une authentique ordure amorale et perverse Et je trouve a vraiment fascinant de me rendre compte seulement maintenant du degr d ignominie de ce personnage Honn tement, c est vraiment bien fait.Bref, c est une oeuvre fascinante sur le pouvoir, et la fa on dont il corrpompt Pas en finesse, hein, parce que a n est clairement pas le style de Norman Spinrad Non, on est l dans l exag ration de la vision de l animal politique Et c est gla ant Je ne serais pas tonn d apprendre que Spinrad n est pas sp cialement emball par les r volutionnaires Pas plus que les dictateurs en puissance, d ailleurs Ce qui m am ne un point d amateur de sf assez int ressant Ce roman a t crit 5 ans avant R ve de fer Et pourtant, on y retrouve bien des l ments qui r appara tront dans R ve de fer les masses d armes, la lutte d une lite bard e de cuir contre des masses laborieuses et mutantes dans R ve de Fer , et surtout, surtout, le fait qu il n y a pas de h ros, ni dans l une ni dans l autre Et d un autre t , je comprend que ce roman ait moins marqu En effet, Bart y est une ordure absolument infecte Mais d un autre c t la plan te de Sade dans son ensemble semble bonne jeter Les Animaux, les Fr res, les Tueurs, tous ces r sidus d humanit n inspirent ps plus la compassion que les r volutionnaires pr ts s entretuer pour un brin d avenir.Cela dit, c est une lecture vraiment int ressante, la fois dans une vision historique, et simplement en tant qu oeuvre de SF, habilement construite, joliment dialogu e, et remplie de descriptions propres soulever le coeur de bien des lecteurs