Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this book. Throughout high school I remember we often had to memorize who wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin, but never do I remember even learning about the book's plot. I was surprised by the literary power of the novel, the depth of the characters, and the wonderful insight of Mrs. Stowe on the human condition. It is hard to imagine what it might have been like to have "read from its pages by the light of the Vermont fireplace" at the time it first came out. It is one of the most compelling and complete arguments for human rights I've ever read.
If all you've known about this book is who the author is, I recommend you read it. The audio version is free on LibriVox, and it is really well done. It isn't a happy book, but it is a great story of human suffering and redemption. I wonder if we never read it in school because of the strong religious tones?
I thank God there were truly good people like Mrs. Stowe who argued and fought for what they knew was right. Uncle Tom's Cabin is a powerful monument to that great group of people who worked so hard and love so much.
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I am a graduate student in Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University. I enjoy writing, hiking, and spending time with my family.