- Library Binding: 144 pages
- Publisher: Perfection Learning (7 Jun. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756967104
- ISBN-13: 978-0756967109
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.6 x 17.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,169,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (Signet Classics) Library Binding – 7 Jun 2005
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Review of the 1st edition
'This is a book that should be on the reading list of every course on American history or literature...with its excellent notes, bibliography and appendices, this supersedes other versions available in paperback.' - Adam Lively, Times Educational Supplement --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Relive history with this one-of-a-kind, firsthand account by a man who overcame slavery and became a beacon of hope to all. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Although I love to read this isn't a book that I would have really bought for myself, I much prefer science fiction or horror to biographies. But as the Kindle edition was free to download and I have the Kindle for Android app on my phone I decided to give it a go and found it was quite a revelation. Although the book is in no way graphic, we are left in doubt as to how difficult and humiliating life is for a young woman growing up as the property of another man. As the book progressed, I really found myself sympathising with Linda and rooting for her in her quest for freedom for both herself and her children.
In the main part the language used is easy to read and the conversational style almost makes it feel as if we're sitting next to Linda as she tells us her story. There are a few points in the book where she uses patois, which I found a little harder to follow, and there are also points where the 'N' word is used. Thinking long and hard about it, the fact that this book is a slave girl telling us this story, means that this language is exactly how she would have spoken, and to remove those words because we now find them offensive would have been in fact offensive to her memory. Throughout the whole book you really do get to understand Linda's motivations and empathise with her, as she recounts both her own and the stories of those around her with just the right level detail.Read more ›
Boy, was I surprised. Harriet Jacobs, writing under a pseudonym, published this book in 1861 after spending many, many years in hiding from her "master," Dr. Charles Flint, a lecherous, sexually-aggressive man determined to break her spirit. Seven years in a cramped, ten-by-seven foot attic crawlspace, however, did little to crush this woman, for she not only managed to escape North Carolina herself, but her children and uncle escaped as well. Her grandmother, freed when she was fifty years old upon the death of her mistress, died during Jacobs' exile in Boston.
What I most enjoyed about this text was its style and frankness with the material. Written as a part slave narrative, part journal, and part epistle to the reader, Incidents tells a remarkable tale of the callousness of white men to slaves, who were deemed subhuman and ignorant. Harriet Jacobs demonstrates an enormous capacity for intelligence through her careful, brutally honest memoirs. Although the names of friends, family, and enemies were changed, perhaps to protect the innocent, perhaps to protect the guilty, there is no doubt in my mind that the horrors Jacobs describes occurred, and while my family arrived in America at the early part of this century, I still experienced a great embarassment and shame. Not because I had anything to do with those horrid crimes. No... I feel shame because I know it still continues today, and it saddens my heart to know it will probably continue tomorrow.
Rest in peace, Harriet Jacobs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this as I'm studying the American Civil War at college and Douglass is often mentioned in class. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Danny Macneil
It was interesting to read about his life from child to manhood as a slave. It is shocking to read of the cruelty suffering and injustice endured at the hands of a master. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ann
Very sad story of life, no human being should be treated like this. This book is a real eye opener.
God bless to all free humans.
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