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Uncle Tom's Cabin (Classic Fiction) [Abridged, Audiobook, Classical] [Audio CD]

Harriet Beecher Stowe , Perry Keenlyside
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

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2 Jun 2000 Classic Fiction
Eliza and George, make a desperate bid to escape to Canada, while 'Uncle Tom' is sold to two successive and very different owners, in this intensively dramatic and moving novel.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks; abridged edition edition (2 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9789626341759
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626341759
  • ASIN: 9626341750
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.4 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,300,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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'The man's mine and I do what I please with him – that's it!'

Published in 1852, 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' was an immediate success, was influential in securing the abolition of slavery and established Harriet Beecher Stowe as America's first major woman novelist. With a compelling narrative and memorable characters, the novel vividly explores the relationship between slave, trader and owner, and exposes a system in which men, women and even children were property to be bought and sold for profit or to settle debts. Still capable of arousing both compassion and anger, 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' was described by Tolstoy as “one of the greatest productions of the human mind.”

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving and thought provoking 2 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I had read this years ago as a teenager and remembered enjoying it. Seeing it available on Kindle for free I thought it time to read it again and am very glad I did. Very clearly written as anti slavery propoganda during the mid 19th century, at the time before the American Civil War when slavery was allowed in southern American states but not in the North, it movingly follows the lives of several slaves and their owners, refuting the arguments of the pro slavery lobby at the time that slaves could be more comfortable and secure with a paternal owner than braving the labour market on their own. The book explores in heart breaking detail the devastating possible effects of the death or ruin of a slave owner which could force the sale by auction of his property, including his slaves. This often lead to permanent separation of families. The book is often very sentimental but is also very charmingly written with gentle humour and some very moving chapters.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real novel, not just history 29 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
Uncle Tom's Cabin: categorised first as anti-slavery propaganda, then (bizarrely) as a children's book, everyone has heard of it, few bother to read it, which is a pity. Harriet Beecher Stowe was a highly intelligent writer who had learned well from her master Dickens. The best passages of her book are well up to his standard of dry, understated polemic. Some of her characterization, like the dissection of St Clare's disastrous marriage, or Cousin Ophelia in her Puritan New England background, is as brilliant and individual as anything in the nineteenth-century novel. Her evangelicalism strikes us as mushy-gushy now, but underlying it is a moral toughness that has not been given sufficient credit. Like a marksman shooting down one target after another, she dispassionately showed all the many ways in which slavery inevitably corrupted both slaves and their owners. Humane owners could not escape responsibility:

`Well,' said the other, `there are also many considerate and humane men among planters.'
`Granted,' said the young man; `but, in my opinion, it is you considerate, humane men that are responsible for all the brutality and outrage wrought by these wretches; because, if it were not for your sanction and influence, the whole system could not keep foothold for an hour. If there were no planters except such as that one,' said he, pointing with his finger to Legree, who stood with his back to them, `the whole thing would go down like a millstone. It is your respectability and humanity that licenses and protects his brutality.'

Ker-blam!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than one might expect 24 Feb 2003
Format:Paperback
Anecdotal history claims that Abraham Lincoln described Harriet Beecher Stowe (to her face) as 'the little lady' who started the Civil War. The phrase 'Uncle Tom' has now passed into the popular lexicon, and many more people know this book by reputation than have actually read it. It began as a serialized drama printed in US periodicals, and went on to become a best selling novel. It is the work of an ardent abolitionist, and Christian, and this shows. The novel is unashamedly didactic, and works principally by an appeal to the reader's emotions. And it works very well. Harriett Beecher Stowe lost one of her own children before writing this novel, and one cannot help but feel that this was what allowed her to write so emotively on the subject. The novel is long, but it flies by: HBS has a gift for narrative, character, and suspense.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars uncle tom's cabin 3 Nov 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Did read it at school and hated it. While abroad a few years ago,I had no book to read I was given a dog-eared copy of this book and really loved it. Imagine my delight when I found I could download it to my kindle ready to read again at my leisure. Best of all it was free. I would urge you to re-read this dreaded school book as it's wonderful. I now know I was too young to really appreciate it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great American Novel 17 Sep 2009
By J. Smit
Format:Paperback
My husband bought this from Amazon earlier this year. He was gripped by it and recommended I read it after him.

I'm glad I did as it is one of the best books I've read in years. Like much of the best American literature there's an epic sense of scale - Scores of wonderfully rounded characters set in well described locations across a varied landscape. The storylines are wonderfully written and you'll find it difficult not to think about the book's themes when you have to put it down.

Although there are some god-fearing parts in the middle, these aren't too intrusive and merely add flavour to the period in which it was written. It should be noted that not all of the 'good' characters are christian.

Although the book is far from a one-sided rant against slavery (some of the most likeable characters are slave owners) it's easy to see how it was credited with starting the civil war. Anger wasn't an emotion I'd expected from this book, but I felt it in spades.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 19 Jun 2011
By Pluto
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was hooked within a couple of pages, though I found the colloquial language difficult as it disrupts the flow. The characters were all stereotypes of the era nevertheless they were well drawn and consistent. Whilst I think religion has done a lot of harm in the world, I like they way the author constructed the arguement against slavery from a Christian perspective. I can also see how the promise of eternal life in paradise helped the slaves survive their abhorrent situation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie Gets My Vote
Although Tom himself is annoyingly virtuous and too good to be treu, nevertheless I enjoyed reading this book, which I would never have got around to if it were not for the recent... Read more
Published 30 minutes ago by Sylvia
4.0 out of 5 stars American Classics!
I find the language used in thses older American classics a bit hard to read, but a fascinating read nonetheless. Great value at the price, too.
Published 11 days ago by JohnKFox
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Tom's Cabin
Gripped the reader from start to end. The author held a mirror to America's use slavery. A lot of references to religion, the use of religious metaphors are used to elevate the... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Aisha Sadiqa Khan
4.0 out of 5 stars great read.
i got this for my misses as she read 12yrs a slave.and she thought this was a very good book to.
Published 28 days ago by kayak
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated, but fascinating
This book was ground-breaking at the time it was written, and as such is a fascinating window into the thinking and behaviour of those involved in any way with slaves. Read more
Published 28 days ago by staffyfriend
5.0 out of 5 stars Elucidating piece of history.
Uncle Tom is a hero. Why his name has been used in the pejorative escapes me. Worthwhile read for a flavour of historical American slavery with a more empathic touch.
Published 29 days ago by clarence allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Tom's Cabin
One of my favourite stories from my childhood. Enjoyed it just as much 50 years down the line. A must to read
Published 1 month ago by Ms. Morag Morgans
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I really enjoyed reading this book. I recently read 12 Years a Slave, and wanted to explore the subject further. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JS
4.0 out of 5 stars Stands the passage of time
I read it to catch up on gaps in my education and was thrilled with the story, its revelations and all he education about slavery in general
Published 1 month ago by Paul Bach
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Tom's Cabin
Great story, if you have seen the flim "12 years a slave" try reading this. A classic book. Was written around same'
Published 1 month ago by h p keen
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