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Twelve Years a Slave (film tie-in) [Kindle Edition]

Solomon Northup
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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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An official tie-in edition of this eloquent and powerful memoir, to accompany Steve McQueen's major new film starring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Quvenzhané Wallis.



Solomon Northup is a free man, living in New York. Then he is kidnapped and sold into slavery.



Drugged, beaten, given a new name and transported away from his wife and children to a Louisiana cotton plantation, Solomon will die if he reveals his true identity. This is the searing true story of his twelve years as a slave: the endless brutality, daily humiliations and constant fear, but also the small ways in which he and his fellow men try to survive.



Twelve Years a Slave is a unique, unflinching record of slavery from the inside, and the incredible account of one man whose life was ripped from him - and who fought to get it back.



'A moving, vital testament to one of slavery's "many thousands gone" who retained his humanity in the bowels of degradation' - Saturday Review



'I could not believe that I had never heard of this book. It felt as important as Anne Frank's diary, only published nearly a hundred years before' - Steve McQueen



Solomon Northup was a free man kidnapped into slavery in Washington, D.C. in 1841. Shortly after


his escape, he published his memoirs to great acclaim and brought legal action against his


abductors, though they were never prosecuted. The details of his life thereafter are unknown, but he is believed to have died in Glen Falls, New York, around 1863.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2614 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0807869430
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Film tie-in ed edition (12 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H8DTVBQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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197 of 210 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When All Else Fails, Only Hope Remains 27 Oct. 2013
By Anari
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The cruelty of the human race never fails to amaze me. I have no doubt that Solomon Northup's narrative is as accurate as it can be, but the content of this book is truly shocking. This glimpse into African American enslavement is one of horror and shows just how brutal man can be to his fellows.

Solomon is captured and enslaved against his will, removed from his wife and two children and transported by sea to begin his new life as the chattel of another man. What he witnesses in his 12 years of enslavement is harrowing, to say the least. This is a land where Mothers are forcibly removed from their children, brutal whippings occur with frightening frequency, near starvation and being worked literally to death were common occurrences. Slaves were not even given the most basic privileges of a knife and fork or plate upon which to eat. Imagine a life where you cannot travel, marry or even post a letter without your owner's permission!

Thankfully, Solomon eventually finds a way out of his predicament, but it was a risk that might have caused his own death had it backfired on him.

Conclusion: A 5 star read. Once I picked it up, I simply could not put it down. Let's just hope that the world continues to endeavor to allow every man the right to his freedom.
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132 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking 19 Jan. 2014
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The story of Soloman Northup is both horrifying and heartbreaking and all the more devastating when you know that it is true. I have seen the film and although it is excellent, I feel that the book explains in more detail exactly what happened. There are parts in the film where I would have wondered why situations developed as they did and the book fills in those gaps. The language in the book is evocative of the time in which it was written and for me was all the more powerful because of the understated tone.
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178 of 192 people found the following review helpful
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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"12 Years a Slave" is one of those books that was important and popular in its day but unexplainably over the years it fell from view and into obscurity. In every sense this book by Solomon Northup is the non fiction equivalent of Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic anti slavery tome "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Indeed in many respects it is a better read. Yet whereas the reputation of the latter has played a key role particularly book in the historiography of the origins of the American Civil War, Northup's book only re-emerged in the 1960s after being rediscovered by two Louisiana historians. The books fame will receive a well deserved boost with the forthcoming release of Steve Rodney McQueen's heavily British driven film version. It is already an Oscar contender in the US and is clocking a remarkable 97% rating on the film critics web site "Rotten Tomatoes". There is some inevitable controversy over the films interpretation of the book but that is for another review. Whatever the case the central performances of Chiwetel Ejiofor as "Northup" and Lupita Nyong'o as "Patsey" are said to verge on acting master classes with potential award glories to follow.

First published in 1853 the base line for the book charts the story of Solomon Northup. He was born in Minerva, New York in July 1808, to a liberated slave and his wife. Northup's life as a a free man and brilliant musician takes up the first part of this very powerful short book. In 1841 an encounter he had outside Washington DC with two men "Merrill Brown and Abram Hamilton" changes everything. They essentially kidnap him and sell him into slavery. This base duplicity leads to the telling of a story of a free man forced into bondage and its horrors. He is sold to the notorious Washington-based slave trader James H.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 years a slave 4 Jan. 2014
Format:Paperback
Book was as good as expected from the reviews if not better, found it very informative and highly engaging. Book leaves you in the mind frame of thinking alot about your roots but i think the book is definitely worth having.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No small wonder it is now a film! 23 Oct. 2013
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This is an appalling first person diary of human cruelty and maltreatment, but it does make for page-turning without cessation...it beggars belief on many levels, but also tells the story of the curse of human bondage. If you are a history buff, you'll enjoy the look into a pre-Civil War life, gain many insights to the mechanics of slave trade, and see how slave owners were loathed and loved as well, depending on their behaviour to their property. The film should be fantastic, but be warned; if it is as graphic as the book's accounts, it'll be disturbing. More than anything, this book is about lousy luck!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
"12 Years a Slave" is one of those books that was important and popular in its day but unexplainably over the years it fell from view and into obscurity. In every sense this book by Solomon Northup is the non fiction equivalent of Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic anti slavery book "Uncle Tom's Cabin". Indeed in many respects it is a better read. Yet whereas the reputation of the latter has played a key role particularly book in the historiography of the origins of the American Civil War, Northup's book only re-emerged in the 1960s after being rediscovered by two Louisiana historians. The books fame will receive a well deserved boost with the forthcoming release of Steve Rodney McQueen's heavily British driven film version. It is already an Oscar contender in the US and is clocking a remarkable 97% rating on the film critics web site "Rotten Tomatoes". There is some inevitable controversy over the films interpretation of the book but that is for another review. Whatever the case the central performances of Chiwetel Ejiofor as "Northup" and Lupita Nyong'o as "Patsey" are said to verge on acting master classes.

First published in 1853 the base line for the book charts the story of Solomon Northup. He was born in Minerva, New York in July 1808, to a liberated slave and his wife. Northup's life as a a free man and brilliant musician takes up the first part of this very powerful short book. In 1841 an encounter he had outside Washington DC with two men "Merrill Brown and Abram Hamilton" changes everything. They essentially kidnap him and sell him into slavery. This base duplicity leads to the telling of a story of a free man forced into bondage and its horrors. He is sold to the notorious Washington-based slave trader James H.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A heartbreaking story with a positive ending. Deep Southern narrative places one in the head of the writer. Good story
Published 13 hours ago by Ka
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but didn't make me feel as emotional as ...
Good read but didn't make me feel as emotional as l expected it to. Bit of an abrupt ending, but still enjoyed it
Published 15 hours ago by Mrs. Christine Compson
5.0 out of 5 stars Deftinley one to read
This is just as good as the film .I recommended it even if u havent seen the film.. must read
Published 1 day ago by KATE EDE
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good book but I fond it a little hard going
Published 1 day ago by Marion Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THE BOOK BEFORE YOU SEE THE MOVIE
As a black woman from America, this book really made me think! I read it and havenot seen the movie yet but it is such a realistic NONE HOLLYWOOD kind of way. Read more
Published 1 day ago by A. Patnett
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult read!
Difficult read!
Published 1 day ago by Susan Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I did not find this book as good as the reviews made it out to be
Published 2 days ago by percy wakefield
2.0 out of 5 stars plodding and boring.
Awful, plodding and boring.
Published 2 days ago by Ms Kathryn A. Cheek
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read although quite depressing
Published 3 days ago by Margaret Game
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
Really provided an insight into the slavery institution in an emotional way. Makes you think how lucky we are now.
Published 3 days ago by Verity Locke
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