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Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Feb 11, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in December, 2009

It took me weeks to get through this amazing book, mostly because of the vernacular in which it was written.

The stereotypes about this book and its lead character could not be further from the truth. Uncle Tom was no pathetic scrap of a man but rather, a prophet who not only served his people under the worst of circumstances, but also had the strength of character to refuse to lose his sense of self or compromise his beliefs. I kept thinking about the Book of Job as I read through it.

I'd read Toni Morrison's Beloved just before this book and I was struck by the similarities among female characters in both books.

The edition I read from the Scottsdale, AZ public library was beautifully illustrated by a Caribbean artist who spared modern readers the wrongful, ugly caricatures associated with this book.

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