R_E (romantic_envy) wrote in classiclit,

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Wow, I've just finished reading this great book! It's taken me a long time to get through this title because I'd find it so depressing that I would put it back on the shelf for long stretches before perusing it again. Yet a website I like to visit had it for the book of the month discussion so I gained renewed determination to finish it.

Although it is usually something I dislike doing, I have been marking some of the passages that struck me as I was reading them with a pencil. And I've added a few notes in the margins of what I thought when I read certain paragraphs.

This has been a book which I felt I knew a great deal about its conception and much of the major events in the story, but after having read the entire text I wonder how I have gone so long without having given in to it until recently. I keep wondering how the passions of 19th century readers stirred at reading Stowe's incendiary prose that condemned not only the institution's practice in the South but the apathy and disdain of the North.

Do people still want to see Stowe's novel banned? The thought reminded me of a quote I found online that said it was attributed to Oscar Wilde: "The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame."
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