Although my older brother read this book in school, it had been removed from the curriculum by the time I reached the proper grade. In the turbulent 1960s, I suspect that the book was removed because it used the term "niggers" to refer to blacks. However, the use of that term wasn't a slur: that's simply the term used for blacks at that time in history. It's a shame to ban a book that offers such an interesting perspective on slavery and child abuse just because of the use of a word. Mark Twain is a wonderful writer who pinpoints the dilemma that Huck faces when straddling his upbringing and his beliefs and true feelings about slavery. Elijah Wood brings the words to life with his wonderful voices. I laughed and cried.
Great narration of a beloved story. I hadn't heard it as a child but love it as an adult. Everyone who has seen Frozen should hear its inspiration.
In school, I was never assigned to read this novel, although my older brother and friends were. I suspect that the Black Nationalists and other militants fought to have it removed from the curriculum. However, I have often heard submissive blacks called "Uncle Toms." I wanted to find out what that meant, so I read the book for myself. The story tells of a very honorable man who lived and died for his principles and for good--not of the wretched, obsequious character whom the name now represents. I wonder how many people who use this name as a slur have actually read the book.
The book was a very touching story about the ills of slavery and about its deleterious effects on the entire country and world. We see parallels today in Congress's treatment of the Obama administration. As a black professional, I have also encountered similar attempts to break my spirit and to make me submissive. I am often treated like an old pack mule, who, despite having reached the highest level in my profession, is there to serve my young, white coworker and to be assigned tasks that the younger staff members don't want.
And so it continues. But Uncle Tom gives me strength. However, I demand justice today, not in the hereafter. And, thanks to prudent people like some of the abolitionists, I am able to get it sometimes.
Brooke has shared herself with us and let us know what her life was really like. It was not always the charmed existence that people might expect. We all have crosses to bear, regardless of wealth, beauty, status, or power.
As a knitter and designer, I love to read but resent anything that takes me away from my knitting. Audiobooks allow me to multi-task: I can knit while I catch up on my reading. This is fantastic for me.
The novel is much better than the movie, which i watched first. Having the audiobook gives me the best of both worlds.
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