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Twelve Years a Slave (Film Tie-in) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
12 years a slave is spellbinding. I had already read "Uncle Tom's Cabin" years ago, and I don't know why "12 Years" has never received more acclaim. It is at least as good as Uncle Tom, and has the added advantages of being a first hand account by someone to whom these experiences really happened. I read it in two days, and am now reading another of the books that came with it in the download, "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl", another autobiographical account, and also gripping. Everyone with an interest in the subject should read these.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A recount in plain English bit did jointed but quite good worth reading. Easy read nothing complicated or flowery just factual recountPublished 8 days ago by janice warburton
So emotionally powerful that in some parts I could only read one chapter at a time, a confirmation of my long held belief that everyone of us must have control over our life and... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jacqui Smith
A powerful and shocking story. I could not put it down. I highly recommend it, it is a brilliant book.Published 15 days ago by Debbi Stokes
Excellent recollection of life as a slave. Justice wins over in the end. How he survived is extraordinary. Very good readPublished 23 days ago by Salopboy
This is a must read for anyone wanting to know more about those truly disgusting practises of not so long ago. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Jon
amazing story from someone who managed to escape this cruel institution. sad to think of the numerous lives and generations that have been affectedPublished 28 days ago by Kindle Customer
A great but sad book. An insight into the harsh reality of life on a slave plantation. A good narrative.Published 1 month ago by Morgen
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