I had read it as a child and cried my eyes out. It was a different experience this time. I understand how it was such an important book at the time and would have influenced a lot of people's opinion about slavery, women particularly. But the whole premise is incredibly dated. The character of Tom is "too good", a martyr, accepting his fate with Christian selflessness. The characters of the slaves are described as coarse, underdeveloped, simple, unless they are Christian and they adopted the values of the good whites. This was very disturbing to me and I can understand that a modern African American in the 21 st century would hate this "Uncle Tom" image.