My review for KBR of Burning Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Carl Waters

NOTE: The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review. We are not associated with the author or Amazon.

This vigorous retelling of Uncle Tom’s Cabin focuses on George Harris, the young and innovative enslaved worker who ran away to find Canada and freedom for his family. Waters aims to find the story still alive behind the outdated original novel. Unlike the original, this book does not need to rely on the persuasion of white characters (or readers) of the essential equality of mankind. It tells a tense and nerve-wracking story of brutality and escape. The dialogue is a little weak, and I would have appreciated a darker, more lyrical prose. Nonetheless, I am looking forward to the sequels for a full reexamination of the themes that Stowe did not have the perspective to face.