Uncle Tom's Cabin - Book Review
(Chennai, Tamilnadu, India)
Uncle Tom's Cabin is a touching story by Harriet Beecher Stowe is set in the pre-Lincoln era in America, when human slavery was prevalent.
No, it's not boring, dull and gloomy. Rather, it's a reflection of the dark times during the heydays of human slavery.
The story follows Uncle Tom, a black slave, as he is sold from one household to another like any other object.
Each owner is an entirely different creature ranging from angelic to down-right demon-like, and the characters actually portray the varied states-of-mind of people of that bygone era.
The book cites many quotes from the Bible but it is more of a story of faith, of hope and of the beliefs of a black slave than a story with a religious bent. I have always believed this story played a pivotal role in influencing America's decision to abolish slavery.
For book clubs, it's worth considering that this writer is neither American nor Christian. That's just the reason why I believe this book is a must-read for every individual and a must-have for all book clubs.
This is the book that silently brought about a revolution in every human heart.
Note from Megan, editor of The Book Club Guide
Thanks for your review of this important and groundbreaking book, Arun.
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