Uncle Tom is a high-minded, devoutly Christian black slave to a kind family, the Shelbys. But beset by financial difficulties, the Shelbys sell Tom to a slave trader. Young George Shelby promises to someday redeem him. The story relates Uncle Tom's trials, suffering, and religious fortitude.
Uncle Tom's Cabin was revolutionary in 1852 for its passionate indictment of slavery and for its presentation of Tom, "a man of humanity", as the first black hero in American fiction. It became an overnight sensation and remains a shocking, controversial, and powerful work, exposing the attitudes of white 19th-century society toward slavery and documenting, in heart-rending detail, the tragic breakup of black families.
Public Domain(P)2009 Blackstone Audio
"Uncle Tom's Cabin is the most powerful and enduring work of art ever written about American slavery." (Alfred Kazin, American writer and award-winning literary critic)
"One of the greatest productions of the human mind." (Tolstoy)
A very moving story about the brutality of slavery that is credited with leading to the Civil War and emancipation. I struggled with the character of Uncle Tom though. I can see Uncle Tom symbolizing the failing to stand up to oppressors that he has come to be known for, but I also see a man of faith holding on to his pious beliefs struggling to live an honorable life. The author's impassioned call for action in the final chapter for the dismantling of the institution of slavery definitely foretold the pending tide of change that lead to the Civil War.
Personally, I enjoyed this book. The story is a touching one. The narrator performed reasonably well. Did a pretty good job distinguishing his voice for the various characters in this book.
When George Harris and his wife were reunited with their family.
I am speechless. Mirron makes me feel like I am there in the story.
If I could have, yes!
Uncle Tom's Cabin is a very important part of the American literary Experience. It was written shortly before the Civil War, and had an influence on the collective conscience which was an important part of the war. The story is powerfully written and it is easy to see why and how it influenced people when it first came out. In some ways it is overly religious and treats the African Americans of the story in an overly simplistic way, but nevertheless is a powerful indictment of the evils of slavery.
I recommend it highly. It should be read by everyone of college age or beyond. The only reason it shouldn't be read by high school students is that it is so long.
Yes, I think everyone should read it in order to get a accurate account of slavery, not some sugar coated version.
Gone with the Wind, it should be compared to it to clarify the stark differences.
It made me cry and made me hurt for all those who lived under the whip of slavery.
As I said, it is a must read.
An American classic
I can't narrow it down to one, but they are Uncle Tom and Eva
When George proclaim, he would not disguise his race by passing for White, and he would continue to support the cause of abolishing slavery.
Uncle Tom's Coup de grace!
I can't believe I've passed by this book, dozens of times. Harriet Beecher, which I've learned played a vital role in supporting America's abolitionist against slavery, really out done herself. The dangers of writing such a novel in the 19th century, especially as a woman was quite daring. This is truly piece of art, that should be indulged by all races.
Thomas Pain's Pamplets.
His drmatic voices used.
Even though it's old, it is a must!
In Team of Rivals I learned what a "game changer" Uncle Tom's Cabin was for the America. The book altered public opinion in favor of abolishment of slavery. Helped Lincoln advance his agenda. So much of the writing is charming and funny, yet historically and geographically researched. I can see how few who romanicized slavery could leave this book with those views. Uncle Tom was a man of principles and faith and courage in the face of a brutal institution and economic system.
The fully developed characters and humor are noteworthy.
The narrator was great. Even Stowe's preachy sections were well delivered and narrated with the right emphasis.
When Tom's kind slave master died unexpectedly in a bar fight -- I felt the pain of Tom's freedom being lost in the balance. Reminded me to do today what I intend to get done. Tomorrow is not promised.
Uncle Tom's Cabin is an important part of American literature and American history. I'm glad I was able to listen to this book. It's been on my list for years and now I know the story first hand and the characters. Simon LeGree was evil. Tom was an Ameican hero.
This is a book you have to be prepared to read and committed to get through. But what a literary triumph! I've been curious about Uncle Tom's Cabin ever since high school when it was a selection in my American Literature class (I'm not sure they even have this topic anymore.) Boy am I glad I didn't pick it way back then as the story would have been totally lost on me as a teenager.
I decided to read the book once and for all as an adult after finishing another famous tome, Gone with the Wind, because I wanted a less romanticized account of slavery. In addition to presenting the gritty realities of slavery from numerous vantage points, one of the things I enjoyed about the book is how the author presented the moral conundrum that slavery presented for slave owners, regardless of how "humane" their treatment of their "property."
I enjoyed the narration but noticed other reviewers found it horrible. Being limited in my personal knowledge of regional and especially Southern accents I cannot comment on the accuracy of the dialects presented. All I know is that I felt the narrator brought the story and its characters to life, especially the tortured Cassie who I felt embodied the fearless and everlasting spirit of women everywhere.
Everyone should listen to this novel and take something from it. Thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking.
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