August 27, 2011

Book Review: Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom's CabinUncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

It is rumored that Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe at the beginning of the Civil War and said, "So this is the little lady who started this great war."

Despite changing the course of America's history, this is a book many people have heard of, but far fewer have read.

Well-drawn characters are interwoven in a web of stories that portray life in the slave states. Through unimaginable trials, most of the slaves in the story buckle under pressure and lose hope. However, some stay strong and true to their Christian faith.

Uncle Tom is a strong character who looks to God for guidance. When all the other slaves buckle under the pressure of a tyrannical slave-owner, he stands strong in his faith and doesn't budge.

What a beautiful example of true Christianity! Tom realizes that no matter what is done to him on Earth, he will be rewarded in Heaven for sticking to his morals and his God.

Sometimes people see the character of Tom as someone weak. I saw him as someone who would do anything for his Savior.

Well-written, although definitely written with an anti-slavery slant that sometimes comes before the story itself, this book instantly rose to be on my list of most wonderful, life-changing, powerful books.

I highlighted a few parts of this classic as I read. One sentence that struck me was this: "It's pretty generally understood that men don't aspire after the absolute right, but only to do about as well as the rest of the world." This is only too true. How often do we do things just because it is commonly accepted? Whether or not they are right?

Highly recommended for teens and adults. This book would make a great addition when studying about racism, slavery, the Civil War, or human rights.

Emily loves books more than chocolate cake, especially when they are good, clean reads. Find hundreds of book reviews, as well as plenty of other chatter, at her blog, Homespun Light.

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Diane said...

You may find it interesting that Uncle Tom is a Christ figure. If you compare the last week of Uncle Tom's life to the last week of Christ's life in the New Testament you will see that they parallel each other.

I really felt like Uncle Tom's Cabin was more about Christianity and the Savior then about slavery. I loved this book tons too. I felt like this book is really where I began to understand literature.

This post reminds me to put it on the list of books to read and discuss with my older kids.

MissMOE said...

My oldest daughter just finished reading this book and enjoyed it quite a bit. It is a must read in our home for high school students.

Sherral said...

Very cool!