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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (8 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496180372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496180377
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 1.3 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,353,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Solomon Northup was a renowned fiddle-player who was kidnapped and enslaved for twelve years before he was rescued by an official agent from the state of New York. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By james beck on 28 Feb. 2014
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This book transports the reader to a life of horror that cannot be imagined. From a very violent capture and enslavement to many years of torture, starvation and overwork. To think that the writer celebrates his final freedom, while his 'owner' only looks at the situation as a loss of property is hard to put into perspective. While Solomon Northup is finally safe in the arms of his family, those who were his co-workers, or fellow slaves were left behind to suffer further beatings, starvation diet and eventually death, without ever having the freedom to choose the course of their own lives. The book leaves the reader with joy that Solomon finally returns home, but overwhelming sadness for all of those left behind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Whelband on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pam Thompson on 28 Feb. 2014
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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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Trotter on 22 Nov. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By abbey on 2 April 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Motorhomermaid on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ballot on 5 Mar. 2014
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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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