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Twelve Years a Slave [Kindle Edition]

Solomon Northup
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Twelve Years a Slave, sub-title: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, is a memoir by Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson. It is a slave narrative of a black man who was born free in New York state but kidnapped in Washington, D.C., sold into slavery, and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana. He provided details of slave markets in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, as well as describing at length cotton and sugar cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.


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"For sheer drama, few accounts of slavery match Solomon Northup's tale of abduction from freedom and forcible enslavement." --Ira Berlin, from the Introduction "When I read ["Twelve Years a Slave"] for the first time, it was like the first time I read Anne Frank's diary. And I wondered to myself, 'Why isn't this book on everyone's bookshelf.' . . . For me, it's a classic. It should be in every school." --Steve McQueen, director of the film adaptation of "Twelve Years a Slave, "in "Entertainment Weekly" "Frightening, gripping and inspiring . . . Northup's story seems almost biblical, structured as it is as a descent and resurrection narrative of a protagonist who, like Christ, was 33 at the time of his abduction. . . . Northup reminds us of the fragile nature of freedom in any human society and the harsh reality that whatever legal boundaries existed between so-called free states and slave states in 1841, no black man, woman or child was permanently safe." "--Henry Louis Gates, Jr., "The Root"" "A moving, vital testament to one of slavery's 'many thousands gone' who retained his humanity in the bowels of degradation. It is also a chilling insight into the 'peculiar institution.'" --"Saturday Review"

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Born a free man in New York in 1808, Solomon Northrup was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841. He spent the next 12 years as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation. After regaining his freedom in 1853, he published this gripping autobiographical account of his captivity. As an educated man, he was able to present a detailed and accurate pictur

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 538 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499102534
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JPYCX5C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #313,779 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twelve Years A Slave 27 Oct. 2013
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I bought this book in advance of Steve's McQueen's film which is expected to sweep the board during awards season. it did not disappoint. It plainly presents with searing honesty, an account of the horrors of slavery in the deep south. It's a stark reminder of the animalistic tendencies which so easily can debase humankind: 'evil pervades when good people do nothing...' We all need to be on our guard as modern slavery - in one form or another - is still with us today. We ought to remain vigilant and stamp it out when ever it rears its ugly head. This book should be on the school curriculum.
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Saw the film. Had to buy the book which now stands proudly on my bookshelf. It will be passed from my generation to my sons and their children. A history which we are all familiar with. Not a dry eye in the cinema. Joy/sadness/happiness. Such inhumane treatment to another person is shocking, revolting, unbelievable and yet it really took place. This film really brought home the enormity of slavery at its peak. I hope you enjoy the film /book . Now it is all our duty to ensure that people are treated with respect and dignity regardless of the colour or their skin or who they are.
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I watched the movie last week and came straight home to order the book. Kudos to Steve McQueen who unfurled a remarkable story but one has to read the book to fully appreciate the intricacies of Solomon Northup's story and the sheer brutality of those times. The manner of writing proved to be hard going at times but that was more to do with the era the book was written than anything else. Having said that, there were some parts beautifully and poetically written. The story itself is nothing short of remarkable. That Solomon eventually lives to see his freedom is miraculous, given the many obstacles he faced. Solomon's was the story told, but the stories of any number of his sojourners during his 12 year journey would be equally harrowing, not least that of Eliza, which would prove to be particularly distressing.
For me, the most remarkable part of the story was how the exact plantation and Solomon was located. For had providence not intervened, it would have been nigh impossible to locate Platt.

There was Solomon's hope, strength and fortitude, Eliza's sorrow, Bass's courage and humanity and much much more.
Simply put, I love the story and I like the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 12 years a slave 22 Nov. 2013
By Trotter
Format:Paperback
The book reveals nothing we didnt already know about the cruelty of slavery. However the beauty is in how it is written and one can imagine how the very detailed and descriptive text would have been considered truelly shocking in the 1870s when it was written. The book has left me keen to see the film due out early next year which by all accounts is going to be sensational.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 12 years lost 2 April 2014
By abbey
Format:Kindle Edition
Splended read. Thoroughly enjoyed the story: felt as though I was there with the author. Could empathise with all of the characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Was going to save it for my holiday 13 Mar. 2014
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I wanted to see the movie but missed it so got the book instead.Great read will wait for the DVD but still like my stories TO READ
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 5 Mar. 2014
By Ballot
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I liked this book though it would not be everybodies cup of tea as the prose of the sentences is a bit hard to understand. Have yet to see the film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 26 Sept. 2013
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Great book I bought this because of the release of the movie, exciting and engaging read don't want to put it down.
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Poignant tale of a disgraceful part of our history
Published 26 days ago by Dormy
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Great book wonderful story
Published 1 month ago by lindyloo
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very interesting account of his ordeal
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Published 1 month ago by Poppy
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly easy to read
Enlightening book, obviously a terrible and important part of history. Thought it would be difficult to read, not because of the subject but because I find books written in those... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debra L Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreakingly beautiful novel. Filled with appalling characters and...
Heartbreakingly beautiful novel. Filled with appalling characters and heroic characters. Not an easy read but a book that should be compulsory reading
Published 1 month ago by Janeymac73
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
The violence in the beginning made me give up on this book. Its probably just me but I couldn't bear to read that part - I did however watch the film which I thoroughly enjoyed... Read more
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Half way through; good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve years a slave
I enjoyed this book and look forward to watching the film
Published 1 month ago by Barbara McMeekin
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