Uncle Tom’s Cabin or, Life Among the Lowly, by Harriet Beecher Stowe

I hadn’t read this novel until now and found it surprisingly moving and full of righteous indignation over the institution of slavery in the United States before the Civil War. Very much a product of its times, with flowery language, improbable plot coincidences and Christian sermonizing, it is nevertheless full of cogent arguments about the evils of slavery and its corruption of slaves and slave owners alike. I found some of Stowe’s comments still valid today in situations such as those described by Kristof and WuDunn in their work, Half the Sky.  If you choose to listen to the book on CD, the narrator, Mirron Willis, does a fabulous reading.

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RATING: * * * * Very, very good
Reviewed by: kh

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