Uncle Tom's Cabin - Book Review

by Arun
(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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