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ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED
BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP


Harriet Beecher Stowe's scathing indictment of slavery in the Old South, a novel that has become a landmark of American literature.

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Published: Pocket Books on Jun 30, 2008
ISBN: 9781416503088
List price: $5.95
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Such a beautiful story. I adored the realism of the characters. Stowe did a wonderful job balancing out personalities. No race was glorified or demonized, nor were genders shown in disproportionate light; the first few chapters, all the women were nigh-on saints, but Mrs. St. Clare more than makes up for it (I wanted to strangle that b!tch. Even if it weren't for her views on slavery). I was a bit dismayed at the deus ex machina nature of the happily ever after (the reunions at the end), but I thoroughly enjoyed the "epilogues" and the end note.read more
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It took a while to get into but I eventually found I couldn't put it down in certain parts. It seemed to me that she put a lot of interesting metaphors and interesting concepts that would strike a cord in varying social classes of that time period. I see that she went in the direction that Dante took only with an earth bound character. Also the subtleties were actually a bit remarkable in how she portrayed the characters. Though for those that hate Christianity I would not read this book. Even though that isn't the main point and 100% christian you would get frustrated. Though to me it was very ingenious so I have to give it 4 stars.read more
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I decided to read this as I am making my way through "Team of rivals" which is a biography of Abraham Lincoln. I was not sure what to expect but once I got used to the archaic language and the dialogue, I found this to be a very enlightening text. I found the author's story and characters to be very compelling. I also learned a great deal about the economics of the slave trade and the treatment of slaves at the hands of their masters. I expected the character of Tom to be obsequious and subservient, aiming to please to get ahead. Tom is a highly principled, very deeply religious person who has a positive impact on those around him. In particular, at his last home, he brings hope to his fellow slaves. The denouement has a happy ending for many of the main characters who find a happier life outside the US.I really enjoyed the book, the characters and the social commentary of this time in US history. if you have not read this, you should.I downloaded this from the Gutenberg library collectionread more
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Such a beautiful story. I adored the realism of the characters. Stowe did a wonderful job balancing out personalities. No race was glorified or demonized, nor were genders shown in disproportionate light; the first few chapters, all the women were nigh-on saints, but Mrs. St. Clare more than makes up for it (I wanted to strangle that b!tch. Even if it weren't for her views on slavery). I was a bit dismayed at the deus ex machina nature of the happily ever after (the reunions at the end), but I thoroughly enjoyed the "epilogues" and the end note.
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It took a while to get into but I eventually found I couldn't put it down in certain parts. It seemed to me that she put a lot of interesting metaphors and interesting concepts that would strike a cord in varying social classes of that time period. I see that she went in the direction that Dante took only with an earth bound character. Also the subtleties were actually a bit remarkable in how she portrayed the characters. Though for those that hate Christianity I would not read this book. Even though that isn't the main point and 100% christian you would get frustrated. Though to me it was very ingenious so I have to give it 4 stars.
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I decided to read this as I am making my way through "Team of rivals" which is a biography of Abraham Lincoln. I was not sure what to expect but once I got used to the archaic language and the dialogue, I found this to be a very enlightening text. I found the author's story and characters to be very compelling. I also learned a great deal about the economics of the slave trade and the treatment of slaves at the hands of their masters. I expected the character of Tom to be obsequious and subservient, aiming to please to get ahead. Tom is a highly principled, very deeply religious person who has a positive impact on those around him. In particular, at his last home, he brings hope to his fellow slaves. The denouement has a happy ending for many of the main characters who find a happier life outside the US.I really enjoyed the book, the characters and the social commentary of this time in US history. if you have not read this, you should.I downloaded this from the Gutenberg library collection
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Whatever your race, gender, nationality is, just read it. What more can I say?
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I think that every American should read this book. I understand that the book has a reputation of being racist but the historical value to anyone who has lived in this country since the times of slavery seems invaluable to me. What amazed me is that this book is extremely well-written and enjoyable to read over 150 years since it was penned. The portions of dialogue in which the slave's speak in their broken english is a bit laborious but worthwhile to have an idea of what is must have been like in those days. I believe that the book might be more offensive because of it's evangelistic emphasis than it's perceived racism. It truly gives us an idea of how large segments of our population interpreted their place in time.The fact that the hero of the book, Tom, is characterized as being weak and submissive must be objectionable to many. As Christians, we may be able to accept the Christlike characteristics that are given this simple man. As modern readers we look at the concept at the end of the book where the concept of exporting the blacks to Liberia as offensive. The fact is that it was an honest attempt to provide an acceptable solution to the slavery issue in the context of the day. Abraham Lincoln considered this as a viable consideration. The fact that slavery flourished in our country shows how capable we are to take advantage of others in order to benefit ourselves. Even though the institution of slavery has thankfully been abolished, we humans still carry the same natural tendencies. Again, I encourage you, read this book.
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How do you rate a classic? It's certainly a difficult task. Do you rate by the enjoyment? The significance of the novel? Uncle Tom's Cabin is definitely significant. It did, after all, persuade many Americans to see the wrongs of slavery. This novel is an important piece of literature which will help readers understand life in the 19th century. Now, that's not necessarily slave life. Stowe uses methods to manipulate her audiences into joining the "abolitionist" side. A great intention, yes, but was ignoring the brutal harshness of slavery and replacing it with lovable, pious, charitable, "impressionable", slaves who are described more like docile pets than humans really the right method? Who knows. Stowe achieved what she set out to do.The modern reader who ignores the novel's conventions as 19th century conventions might find Uncle Tom's Cabin a little bit of a bore and often "corny" at times. The novel is also notorious for its sentimentality, so don't be surprised when you witness every character crying at everything. It's a mopey piece! The characters might not appear very convincing to the modern reader. I often felt like I do when watching a decent play with terrible actors. Everything seems forced, overly dramatic, and way too long.Overall, don't read this for enjoyment or pleasure. Read it for what it did for America.
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