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Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Apr 04, 2008

liked it
Recommended for: barley and maize
Read in March, 2004

ok ok this book is totally melodramatic, writhes in its own excess, and features several of those characters that are not characters at all, but rather are just embodiments of some trait or characteristic. avatars if you will. i don't really like that. i like my characters to have a little more meat on their bookish bones. notwithstanding, eva totally melted my heart. what a dear.
concerning the historical import: i doubt you can find a copy of this book today that doesn't have at least 50 pages of supplementary shit talking about how important it was and is. blah blah blah. they're probably just trying to make up for it's mediocrity by flowerizing it with academic essays and scholarly commentary.
i am being harder on the book than is just. it is a fine tale. a fine tale indeed.
don't keep slaves. that is the bottom line.
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