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message 1: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Nelson What a great review. You summed up how I feel about the book in a much more eloquent way!

message 2: by MCOH (new)

MCOH Oh, you're nice, Lisa. I don't think I was too articulate at book club. I hope I didn't offend anybody.

message 3: by Imelda (new)

Imelda Great review. I felt the same way.

message 4: by MCOH (new)

MCOH Thanks, Imelda!

message 5: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Bell I like your review, but you have to realize something. It would be terrible to portray Jim as an educated person. Do you realize that runaway slaves were NOT educated? They were encouraged to talk the way they did and believe in the things they did. Just FYI, the portrayal of Jim is quite realistic and was not in any way an attempt to portray Blacks as a lower class of people.

message 6: by MCOH (new)

MCOH Hmm, you might be right. I guess I'd need to do more research to understand what a realistic portrayal would look like. Thanks for your input.

message 7: by Thelisia (new)

Thelisia This is exactly what I thought of the book. This review is perfect.

message 8: by MCOH (new)

MCOH I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for commenting!

message 9: by Ana (new)

Ana Great review!

message 10: by Ana (new)

Ana Great review!

message 11: by MCOH (new)

MCOH Thanks, Ana!

message 12: by Olivia (new)

Olivia I really disliked the way Jim was portrayed as well. However, it got me thinking that maybe Jim was meant to satirize the common thinking of the time- that slaves were, as you put it, naive and savage. Despite this thought, I think it would have been more affective to portray Jim as a human being with people around him making those accusations.

message 13: by MCOH (new)

MCOH Thanks for taking the time to comment, Olivia! I feel like even if Jim were uneducated, he'd have had some basic sense and wisdom acquired throughout his life. It felt offensive to show him so completely hapless and dependent. But maybe you're right about the satire. If that was the author's intention, I guess I just have to say it didn't work too well for me.

message 14: by Sally (new)

Sally Forth It was the beginning of the Gilded Age and the end of the Civil War. People had to re-evaluate their lives. I do not agree that everything was over the top, Visit Missouri sometime. it has not changed much

message 15: by Ash (new)

Ash Connell Have you read Toni Morrison's review of the book? It's fascinating.

message 16: by MCOH (new)

MCOH I just read it right now, on your recommendation. Thanks for that! Well worth reading. I'm going to put a link here, because it's quite a bit more intelligent and interesting than my review.

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