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“Not for the first time, it's become a dangerous thing to claim greatness for Uncle Tom's Cabin. Since it is great, this is raises difficulties. But the reader who resists the current call to beat the long-dead author about the head first with our cultural politics and then with her own will discover a work that outweighs the sum of some fairly fabulous parts: Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel rings with abolitionist rage, but even if it weren't a fiery and impassioned polemic, it would remain a ripping yarn and melodrama of the highest Dickensian order, a social novel overflowing with humour and pathos and adventure, its every character crackling with theatrics. I could never resist it, and now I know I shouldn't try.”