This is a classic and a must read! I'm so glad that I read this book. The themes of this book center around what it was like to live as a slave, what it was like to be hunted, to be sold, to have your children ripped from you, to be abused, etc. It also shows the mind of the plantation owners, what they believed about slavery and how they used it to justify their actions. It is a heart-wrenching story. There are many different characters throughout the story. Sometimes, the book drags in places. I recommend the abridged version.