Uncle Tom's Cabin or, Life Among the Lowly
The novel that changed the course of American history Published in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel was a powerful indictment of slavery in America. Describing the many trials and eventual escape to freedom of the long-suffering, good-hearted slave Uncle Tom, it aimed to show how Christian... show more
The novel that changed the course of American history
Published in 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel was a powerful indictment of slavery in America. Describing the many trials and eventual escape to freedom of the long-suffering, good-hearted slave Uncle Tom, it aimed to show how Christian love can overcome any human cruelty. Uncle Tom’s Cabin has remained controversial to this day, seen as either a vital milestone in the anti-slavery cause or as a patronising stereotype of African-Americans, yet it played a crucial role in the eventual abolition of slavery and remains one of the most important American novels ever written.
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Publish date: 1981-06-25
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 640
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, African American
, 19th Century
Harriet Beecher Stowe's book is one that I would classify as important rather than great. It's a powerful condemnation of slavery using the language of Stowe's Christian faith, and her moral outrage at it seeps through nearly every page. This I expected; what I didn't expect was how she developed he...
On the whole, the book had a little too much Jesus for my taste. However, that was kind of the point, wasn't it? It's a plea to Christian people to end the evil of slavery and makes it's case on that basis.I was impressed at the thoroughness of the author's arguments and how well she constructed t...
3.5*Sad but inspirational at the same time.
Ugh. I am glad to be done reading this one. I had a copy of this book when I was younger, and somehow I never managed to get around to reading it. Now that I've read the whole thing, I wonder if I just had a psychic feelings of how much I would have hated it if I'd read it. It's my own fault ...
3/9 - I'm Australian. I don't really know that much about the slaves of America, what I do 'know' is mostly from movies and tv shows (maybe a few books) and so is possibly not all that accurate. My review is coming from the POV of someone who doesn't know anything (well, not anything that can be sai...