Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It’s one of those books that is on every single “Literary Must Read” list ever written. And for good reason, too–the themes are big ones:  slavery, racism, religion, death, friendship and love out of society’s norms.

I finally sat down to read it last week…with super high hopes. Alas, the book did not live up to the hype. I understand why it is so revered, but I didn’t find it that well written, mostly for two main reasons:

  1. The plotline is very confusing. In a modern book, I sometimes don’t mind flipping back and forth between characters and areas, but in one where I am struggling with dialect to begin with…I had a very hard time figuring out where I was at any given moment.
  2. That was compounded by the names of the characters. There were slaveowners named George and Tom, and slaves named George and Tom. With all the flipping back and forth I just got so confused about who was who and what was happening.

I got most of the way through, but I did not end up finishing the entire book. There was just too much going on this weekend, and I’m not into it enough to try and get to the end. Classical fiction…such a toss up, eh?

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