Reviews tagging Slavery

Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe

9 reviews

kerrence30's review against another edition

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

4.75

My preconceived notions of this book were found to be unjustified. Although the nature of the story is hugely challenging the main concept is thoroughly discussed in the conversations between characters and helps to educate on the variety of mindsets from the time. There is no possible defence for the historical wrongdoing to the enslaved black in America, and this novel really highlights a series of lived experiences which is lost or forgotten in today’s world. It is undeniably a tough read, but one worth partaking, particularly by those not POC, if nothing else to educate and humble.

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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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jessjess125's review against another edition

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challenging dark tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.25


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chandle5's review against another edition

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

4.5


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nicky_t's review

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

3.5

As I am writing this review, it’s hard to ignore that I have just finished the book. The ending quarter of the book is an incredibly emotional payoff to the first three quarters of the book which are a bit slower paced. The book is, admittedly, problematic and it can be hard to separate my modern sensibilities from the ideas of the time. However, it would be foolish not to acknowledge the profound impact that this book had. And after finishing the book, I’m not surprised that it did. 

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cnohero's review

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challenging dark emotional informative reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0


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flaweddimension's review

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challenging dark emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0


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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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