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Uncle Tom's Cabin

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  107,078 ratings  ·  4,108 reviews
Uncle Tom, Topsy, Sambo, Simon Legree, little Eva: their names are American bywords, and all of them are characters in Harriet Beecher Stowe's remarkable novel of the pre-Civil War South. Uncle Tom's Cabin was revolutionary in 1852 for its passionate indictment of slavery and for its presentation of Tom, "a man of humanity," as the first black hero in American fiction. Lab...more
Paperback, 511 pages
Published December 1st 1982 by Bantam Classics (first published 1852)
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Stephen
ONE READER'S CONFUSION ABOUT WHY "UNCLE TOM" MEANS ANYTHING BUT HERO

3.0 stars. First, I am glad I have finally read this book given its historical significance and the very positive impact that it had on American history. That said, from a literary perspective, I didn't find this book to be particularly well written and am doubtful of whether it would be much remembered or considered a "classic" but for the aforementioned historical significance and the creation of the character of Uncle Tom (mo...more
Laura
Wow. I wish this was still required reading in schools. Can you imagine: a book that was credited by President Lincoln with bringing about the Civil War, and is known to have so affected the hearts of readers that it changed their opinions of slavery is hardly read in the country whose face it changed?
Tammy  King Carlton
This book is one of the most moving, provocative pieces of literature I've ever read, and it's the first time that I can recall being moved to tears from a book. As long as I live, I will never be able to remove from my mind the vision of Eliza, panicked and frenzied, in the dead of the night with her baby boy in her arms, leaping across the frozen ice of the Ohio river to escape the trader her baby had been sold to. And if anyone wants to read a profound and well written narrative for the view...more
Brooke
I know, I know, it's a monumental artifact in American history, and the catalyst to the spread of the abolitionist movement to the masses. I totally appreciate the historical and cultural significance of this book. No question.

But seriously, y'all? This book SUCKS as a piece of literature. For real. I just can't get past how bad the writing is--the reason why I'm such a voracious reader is simple: I read books for aesthetic pleasure. That's it. I really don't give a shit about anything beyond en...more
J Cravens
Dec 05, 2008 J Cravens rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who cares about social justice or USA history
Shelves: fiction
The main character of Uncle Tom's Cabin, and at least one of the minor characters, are frequently mocked by modern black activists, rappers and comedians. Therefore, when I began reading this novel, originally published in 1852, I was expecting a woefully-outdated story with painful, outrageous stereotypes and archaic language, and had prepared myself for a real struggle to navigate through it in order to see how this book mobilized people in the USA against slavery.

The story, its delivery and i...more
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 19, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
I decided to pick this 1852 book up because this was said to be the inspiration of our national hero, José Rizal (1861-1896) for writing his masterpiece novel, Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) (published in 1887). I thought I would like to compare this with Noli to see how original or unoriginal Rizal was.

My verdict: Noli and Uncle Tom's Cabin are totally different from each other except for one thing and that is the lowly's fight for freedom from slavery. Lowly in Noli are the indios or native Fi...more
Jessica Reese
Aug 29, 2007 Jessica Reese rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history classes, Beloved fanatics
Shelves: literature
O.k. so I was supposed to read this in my high school a.p. class. I think my friend and I may even have taken turns reading parts of it, but it never really happened. But, this last semester I actually read it twice, because that's what my Amer. Romanticism professor suggested we do, and, to be honest I was kind of scared of him for a while...

But, here's the deal. It really isn't a great book. It started out as bed time tales for her kids, progressed to installments in a magazine, and then event...more
Ann Marie
Life-changing book. This was a great read-aloud with my kids. We finished it on Easter Sunday - very appropriate.
Marie
Wow. An important book, surely, historically, and I found the forward more interesting than most as it argued about the book's place in American Literature. (Though, sadly, like most academic forwards, rife with spoilers. Lady! I'm reading this for the first time, don't tell me who dies and who gets married and who goes to Africa!)

Stowe's strength is in her more merry passages, particularly when she can put her bible down for five seconds and turn a wry, Twain-like eye on popular culture. Sadly,...more
Arianne "Tex" Thompson
I think the saddest thing about this book is that everybody remembers Uncle Tom, even if only as a particularly ugly byword, but nobody remembers George Harris.

"I am George Harris. A Mr. Harris, of Kentucky, did call me his property. But now I'm a free man, standing on God's free soil; and my wife and my child I claim as mine... You can come up, if you like, but the first one of you that comes within the range of our bullets is a dead man."

He is a hell of a character, and one of the few here th...more
Lydia Presley
There have been so many reviews done about the book it seems a bit ridiculous for me to come so late to the game and offer my own insightful and poignant thoughts (I don't think that much of myself, really!). So instead, I thought I'd write about about my decision to read this book, why it took me so long, and how it affected me personally.

I'd first heard of Uncle Tom's Cabin in college. Being home-schooled in the 80's/early 90's there really wasn't any sort of required reading, and I was consta...more
Karen
Having had an abiding interest in studying the Civil War, I have been surprised at myself that I have not previously read Uncle Tom's Cabin. I have now remedied that failure. I found the book riveting in parts. Harriett Beecher Stowe is a better writer than I expected. Her powerful character development makes the book all the more heartwrenching. I loved Uncle Tom's Christ-like character. I also loved the religious allusions and overtones in the book. In 1852, when the book was published, it ser...more
Allison
I LOVED this book. Sure... it's a classic, we all should have read it in high school or what have you but I never did. I checked it out when it came up as a free Kindle book and it is honestly one of the best books I have ever read. I absolutely loved it and recommend it to anyone and everyone. It's a must read; no doubt about it.
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write reports on whether or not they deserve the label

Essay #39: Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The story in a nutshell:
First written serially over the course of 1850 and '51, Harriet Beecher Stowe's...more
Tara
The language of the slaves was a bit hard to read at first but it was only a small part of the book. It also made the characters come alive. This was an amazing tale. I can't help but feel such sorrow when I read about slavery. For the life of me, I can't see how people justified owning another person. People can twist and turn the bible to justify anything they see fit. I'm not a Christian but liked and agreed with the last chapter of the book where the author reminds people that even if they a...more
Amanda
Important? Yes. Good? No.
Barksdale Penick
We visited the Museum of the Confederacy in Charlston South Carolina, and there was a display of about 30 novels written as Southern responses to the publication and wild success of Uncle Tom's Cabin in the North. That made me want to read Uncle Tom's Cabin to see why it was so popular. It has several good narrative lines and the evilest of characters, Simon Legree, a name I have heard of many time but did not know the origin of. It also did a comprehensive job of demonstrating how slavery bound...more
mai ahmd
كتبت الروائية هذه الرواية بعاطفة صادقة وقوية ومؤثرة كونها عاشت أحداثها لذلك كان لها تأثيرا كبيرا على تغيير مسار الحياة في ذلك الزمن ولعل هذا يثبت كم هو تأثير القلم حين يكون بهذا الوعي في زمن ساد به التخلف وعربد فيه الجهل إنني للأتذكر دائما هذه الرواية حين يقولون لماذا تُقرأ الروايات ويسخرون
إتذكر أني قرأت كتاب هو نساء رائدات للكاتبة اللبنانية أميلي نصر الله وقد وضعت هارييت ستو في مصاف هؤلاء النسوة اللاتي خلّد التاريخ أعمالهن ولعل هذه الرواية أكبر ردّ على من يقللون من أهمية الروايات وقراء الروايا...more
Sarah Sammis
I normally like Harriet Beecher Stowe's style of writing but the other stories I've read were written for fun. She made a comfortable living as a writer of boys adventure novels (under the pen name "Christopher Crowfield") and was a neighbor and mentor of Mark Twain. Uncle Tom's Cabin had a definite political agenda and while it proved to be a significant and influential story (as well as a best seller) it is a flawed story.

Harriet Beecher Stowe was inspired to write Uncle Tom's Cabin after one...more
Anirudh
After reading a quote said by Abraham Lincoln to the author of this book I was curious to know more about her and her work and finally I managed to start Uncle Tom's Cabin.

The book was difficult read. It took much longer than I expected to finish. I had to reread entire conversations often to understand what they were saying

The pace of the novel is quite slow. The plot, melodramatic with characters which demand your sympathy. I can't even imagine what it would be like to be a slave. Bought and...more
Cynthia
The complete title alone will make you want to throw the book across the room. “Life among the Lowly”? This book was written close to 150 years ago which accounts for it’s anachronisms….in part. It’s overly sentimental in a gushing way. Stowe exudes prejudice against slaves throughout the book in the midst of fawning over them. Children parade as little adults, that is when they’re not being angels. Slaves live to be good slaves. The really odd thing is there was something about her writing that...more
Deemah Al-Otaibi
أغمِضُ الآن عيني فِي مُحاوَله أنْ أُحلّق في خيالي بَعيداً هناك ..الى حيث يستطيع خيالي الوصول , الى ذلك العالم .. حيث لا وزن لإنسانيتي , حيث أعيشُ مُتجردة من أبسط حقوقي الأكل , الشرب , الراحه .. و أن أكون ملك نفسي و أن ابقى مع عائلتي..

الى ذلك المكان حيث لا املك شيئا من الدنيا غير روحي وملابسي الرثه .. بل أكون مِلكَ شخص لا تزيد انسانيته عنّي ..حيث أُباع في سوق كما تباع الاحصنه و الابقار , والفرق الوحيد بيني وبين الابقار هي أنّي أشْعُر , و أدمع بصمتٍ ويتقطع قلبي إربا لمفارقه أحبابي .

و أتسائل بداخلي...more
Sulaiman
أعجبني في هذه الرواية بعض المقاربات فيما بين بعض المشاهد و مايحدث على الساحة من أحداث و خصوصاً الربيع العربي ، ولكن أكثر ماشدني هو هذا المقطع من حوار بين شخصيتين من شخوص الرواية والذي أسقطته على الوضع الراهن:

ـ وما رأيك في قضية الإسترقاق عموماً: ومالمصير الذي ستؤول إليه؟

ـ لا يمكنني الإحاطة بما سيؤول إليه الرق ولكن لاريب في أن الجماهير ستتكتل ذات يوم وتتحفز للوثوب في جميع بقاع الأرض ولا بد أن يأتي يوم تغضب فيه الجماهير الواعية غضبتها القصوى إن عاًجلاً أو آجلاً. وقد بدأت تباشير هذه الثورات تظهر في...more
Sarah
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 said is definitely true and provable) about the topic. Just wanted to make that all clear in case some trollery types thought I should know more about the subject before I read the book.

The story is good...more
Becky
I'm torn on what to rate this book. If I was to rate it based purely on its anti-slavery message, it'd be a 5 star book. If I was to rate it on story, maybe 3 stars. Characters would be a 4. Writing quality would be a 2. And tangential preaching would be a 1.

But all of that combined... I'm not sure. I get an average of about 3.75 from all of those factors but I just... didn't like reading it enough to rate it a 4 star book. There's no doubt it's important and influential and a classic, and I AM...more
Thom Swennes
Aug 19, 2012 Thom Swennes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe is a classic that helped change an age, tumble an institution, and cure the self-imposed state of blindness that afflicted American’s, both north and south, over slavery. A few weeks ago I compared another book to this one. I read this for the first time a half century ago and have recently questioned the accuracy of my perceptions formed so long ago. Upon completion of this re-read I can safely say that the perceptions and conclusions of a teenage boy...more
Negar
چهار و نیم.
نمی دونم دقت کردید یا نه، ولی داستان ها یا فیلم های ترسناکی که اولش می نویسه که واقعین بیشتر اوقات خیلی خیلی ترسناکترن. وقتی این کتاب رو می خوندم و فکر می کردم یه روزی یه همچین اتفاقاتی می افتاده، کل ماجرا خیلی دردناک تر می شد.
آخرش دلم می خواست گریه کنم واقعا. اعتراف می کنم از نظر احساسی هیچ چیز کم نداشت این کتاب. تعریف کردن نماجراهای بدبختی شخصیتا، مخصوصا اونایی که از زبون خودشون روایت می شد واقعا دردناک بود.
کتاب از نظر ادبی کم داشت به نظرم. یعنی شاید بتونم بگم توی این موضوع حقش چها...more
Dave
There are some books which one gets to know by reputation before one actually reads them. "Uncle Tom's Cabin (or, Life Among the Lowly)" by Harriet Beecher Stowe is one of them. Whether from studying American History and slavery, and hearing the pejorative term "Uncle Tom", one gets a strong sense for certain aspects of the book. For whatever reason, I had not read the book until recently, when studying in more detail the history of slavery in the U.S. made this a necessity in my view.

The histo...more
midnightfaerie
I've read some reviews on this book and there's one in particular that I agreed with, especially the first paragraph. Here's the review if you'd like to read it: Click here for Stephen’s Review

In the first paragraph he says that he was glad he read it due to its historical significance, however he didn't think it would be considered a classic or much remembered if it hadn't this historical significance. (For those who aren't aware, many historians site the impact of this book as what triggered...more
Nightfalltwen
The first exposure I ever had to this story was the musical number within the movie The King and I.

You can obviously tell that this isn't a modern book by any standards. Although the best selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book after the Bible, it is completely dated. Some say even offensive for the stereotypes that it helped to create.

I say that when you're reading a book that was published in a different era you need to take into consideration the mindset of the read...more
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Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896) was an American author and abolitionist, whose novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) attacked the cruelty of slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential, even in Britain. It made the political issues of the 1850s regarding slavery tangible to millions, energizing anti-slavery forces in the American North. It anger...more
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