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Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Mar 14, 2009

it was ok
Read in March, 2009

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, these passages are too few and far between, drowning under gallons of preaching and an over-sentimentalized series of accounts that rob the actions of their innate horror. She did her homework, and the accounts of atrocities of slavery jive with those I've read in Frederick Douglas' autobiography, but I would recommend Douglas' work over hers twenty-to-one. It is more compassionate, more rooted in reality, and lest damn preachy.

Also, there are a few very very offensive passages that just made me gasp and want to look away...
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Cheryl I think her every intent in writing this was to be preachy. Preachy and to do it in such a way that people (maybe more women than men) would be won over.

Julie I know what you mean about certain passages being offensive. While I think my overall impression is more positive than yours (so far) there are moments when I just think, "yah! Did she just say that?"

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