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Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe

3 reviews

trippalli's review

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challenging dark emotional informative reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

A realistic and challenging historic fiction about slavery based on real stories and real people, their suffering and the cruelty of slavery. The need for people to work together to overcome social wrongs like the horrible historic truth of slavery is evident. The uplifting effect of religion and reading for the slaves is throughout the story a continuous hopefulness for the people suffering in the stories herein

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rorythebean's review against another edition

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slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? N/A
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

1.0

if you have the choice, don’t read this book. 
I got it for free from the library and I want my money back. 
This book presented the idea that some slavers were good, or at least “less bad” than other. While I of course understand there was a spectrum of the cruelty and mistreatment of enslaved folks, Stowe romanticizes “good slavery” (ie, white people who don’t want to lose money from the emancipation of their slaves). Additionally, despite many interpreters of the novel arguing otherwise, the majority of the novel was centered on religion, rather than race or slavery. And Stowe can’t even present Black people normally in that context; she infantilizes the heck out of her characters, including the ones who are fully grown adults, presenting them all as simple, religious people prone to violent outbursts. 

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peachani's review against another edition

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sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.5


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