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on 29 March 2014
This is the life story of the man who was pivotal in bringing to light the plight of the victims of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Without his testimony and knowledge, John Newton (he of the great hymn Amazing Grace) and William Wilberforce might have had a longer struggle in their quest to end the blight on human history. If you happened to watch the film Amazing Grace, then this book would make a lot of sense to you.

This is an insightful read about an individual who had experience a lot of inhumane sufferings and still kept a sense of who is was as a human being and not chattel as the slave masters wanted him to see himself. In some ways I see that as a reflection on us today as to how we handle great adversities.

This is a must read for all who are interested in the history of not just the dark times of the human race that is called slavery, but how some individuals (not just Solomon Northup's 12 years a slave, which I believe should be read in conjunction with Equiano's story) who were break enough to challenged those in power, even if it meant that their lives would be forfeited without a second though by people who would like the status quo to remain in their favour.

I would not say that this was an enjoyable read, as something that has such a negative side is highly unlikely to be, but it is very insightful and thought provoking to those with a conscience.
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on 12 October 2015
I have always wanted to read this book and I bought it just in time for my first visit for West Africa in the summer. I made me cry on the plane and standing on the balcony of Elmina Castle in Ghana and walking through the dungeons, you can hear the words of this books. Very emotional and thought provoking book and we should learn from this remarkable human experience so we learn from it and may it never happen again.
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on 27 July 2017
A description of how he was taken from his village and eventually to the West Indies. It was a revelation to me that the African's themselves had slaves. Although he didn't spend his life on a plantation he spent most of his life at sea and did reasonably well for himself, obviously very intelligent. It ended rather abruptly with his marriage, although no mention of how he came to meet his wife or sadly their life after.
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on 15 July 2017
Oluadah Equiano aka Gustavas Vaasa (named probably due to land grab of indigenous royals) begins his tale in his homeland of Nigeria and his voyage across the Oceans within his life, finally ending in London.

The suffer placed upon him after being torn away from his family, carried on with the writer through life, with problems faced by those who he thought loyal, to even the problems to come once freedom had been attained.
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on 27 June 2017
Delivery as fast . would recommend.
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on 27 April 2017
excellent book
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on 22 June 2017
GOOD READ
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on 28 January 2013
...compulsive, interesting and educational.
Better than a dry history book this brings alive the reality and injustice of slavery.
Buy it.
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on 26 August 2017
Would never be taught in school
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on 27 April 2017
Brilliant read
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