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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
By: (1811-1896)

Uncle Tom’s Cabin is one of the most controversial novels of the last century, with it’s sentimental portrayal of the anti-slavery movement in the USA. Written in 1952, the novel instantly rose to fame and split Americans up and down the country. Stowe was a passionate abolitionist and was inspired to write Uncle Tom when she spent time in Cincinnati in the early part of the 18th century. She met many slaves who had escaped from Kentucky and was touched by the friendships she built. It was with this sentiment that the novel was born and the deep empathy Stowe had for slaves is evident throughout.

As you would expect, the book was hugely provocative with pro-slavery supporters outraged by the negative portrayal of masters within the slave trade. It was said to be so incendiary that Abraham Lincoln claimed Stowe to be "the little lady who started this great war". It is not clear if that quote is genuine but the hype Stowe created both before and after the civil war is definitely real. The novel follows the story of long suffering slave Tom and mother and son duo Eliza and Harry. Whilst Tom is sold down the river by his master, Eliza and her son manage to escape the clutches of slavery.

There is no doubt in the genuineness of Howe’s wish to uncover the slave trade for all of its sins. Pleasingly the book ends with an optimistic outlook, one that shook the government at the time and one sure to shake you.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - September 2, 2015
Subject: Heart-wrenching read
This was more than a tear jerker! I found it enlightening and encouraging. It brought me back to the place of hopeful selflessness of when I first received the Holy Ghost. I do believe I am touched on such a deep level that I may never be the same!
Reviewer: - August 5, 2015
Subject: Wonderfully Good
I recommend everyone to read this book. Should of been required in High School! I found it by accident and so glad I did. It tells the story of times past that history books don't show us. Will come back to listen to it again in the future!
Reviewer: - February 20, 2015
Subject: Glorious
Last half of the book was deeply moving in a spiritual sense as the hope of heaven overcomes the wickedness of man's plight on this earth. The entire work is an interesting analysis of attitudes of the time regarding blacks and whites, masters and servants which also prompts interesting comparison to the employer/employee relationship of today.
Reviewer: - May 30, 2014
Subject: Amazing book
Absolutely great book and great reader.
Reviewer: - April 30, 2014
Subject: Narrator
Completely Superb! Narrator was absolutely enthralling as he read this story that will move your heart!
Reviewer: - April 20, 2014
Subject: Terrific work
Very good book (except the last chapter, after the story ended, got very preachy). Easy to listen to, great narration.
Reviewer: - March 18, 2014
Subject: Reviewer
Wonderful 2 listen to - so fluently & beautifully read.
Reviewer: - March 9, 2014
Subject: Reviewer
Incredible story. Everyone should read it. Thank you to the reader who did an amazing job bringing the characters to life. My daughter often asked me to stop reading and play the audio. Fantastic!
Reviewer: - March 5, 2014
Subject: Reviewer
Wonderful 2 listen to - so fluently & beautifully read.
Reviewer: - February 10, 2014
Subject: A Must
This is a beautifully written book of not so good times and could not have been narrated better. He so captivated the times was a joy to listen too.

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